Saturday, October 4, 2008

Super Savings, pt 3

As I mentioned before, on my last trip to Kroger they said that the meat and produce would be marked down today, starting at 6am.  So I drag my tired self out of bed at 5:30 - on a SATURDAY - to go to the store.  I get there at 6 and the parking lot is much more full than I would have expected that early in the morning.
Apparently I wasn't the only one they told. 
So I grab a cart and head inside to the meat dept.  There was nothing left.  Well, almost nothing.  There was some organic chicken, some of Laura's Lean strip steaks, and the store's all Natural brand strips and ribeyes, you know, the expensive stuff.  Which was fine by me because we like the healthier stuff anyway.  There were three packages of flank steak left and a big brisket.  The brisket alone was about $17.
Then I headed over to the produce.  Looking back, I wish I had gotten more fresh zucchini and squash, but I didn't.  I got some of the basics like red peppers, potatoes, onions, carrots, a ton of apples and celery.  I figured I'd go ahead and chop some, vacuum seal them and toss them in the freezer.  By the time I was done shopping, it had been just about 30-40 minutes.  Then I had to wait in line.  The computers weren't ringing up the meat on sale yet, so we waited.  And waited.  And waited.  Apparently, they had to wait for the sale prices to be downloaded from the main office.  After waiting almost an hour people started getting a little testy.  They were grabbing bags of ice to keep their meat cold.  Finally, someone made the brilliant decision to let the cashiers take the discount manually.  My guy was great (I usually go through his line when I'm doing coupons) and he actually rounded down (if it was an $11 steak, he typed in $5) to make his life easier.  My wallet liked that.
Anyway, I paid $96 for about $225 worth of food.  You gotta love a store that's moving locations.


Kathy Slattengren said...

What is it about getting a good deal that brings such joy? I love a good deal! I've never sat down and discussed buying things on sale with my kids. However, I noticed that they picked it up simply from observation. When my daughter was 7-years-old she was given a $50 gift certificate to Limited Too. I thought for sure she would buy one very cute pair of jeans. Instead, she searched the store for deals and ended up with something like 4 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. Oh boy ... they are definitely watching us and learning!

Kool Aid said...

I don't know but I love it, especially at the grocery store. That's a smart little shopper you have there! We're trying to teach that kind of thing to Monkey, too, with the money she earns. I think it's working because when she's shopping, she takes forever to get what she wants and then sometimes decides to wait until she's earned more money.