Grocery Shopping Gives Me Gas

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2010-08-29 06:28:44 -0500
Started 2010-08-10 15:23:33 -0500

Maybe I should rename my subject but we have two local competing grocery stores that offer gasoline discounts for grocery shopping. Whenever the new fliers come out I make out my grocery lists for what pays those extra bucks for gasoline and whip out the coupons and make out my weekly shopping trips accordingly. Those fuel reward programs help me not only save on food but on my gasoline bill as well.

For the week ahead we have grapes at one store for $1.79/lb while the other is priced at .88/lb. One store has sea scallops for $11.99/lb while the competitor is $7.99/lb. The cheaper of the two stores offer the most in the gasoline perks this week so I know where I'll be shopping.

When I shop this week I will be coming home with the crabs… only $5.99/lb.

Other than double coupon specials and shopper card discounts, what local discount programs do you get in your area when grocery shopping?

And … does anyone else remember S&H Green Stamps from yesteryear??? God I can still taste those horrible stamps and getting paper cuts in exchange for cheap merchandise.

40 replies

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-08-29 06:17:14 -0500 Report

Oh, my - ya'll have taken me on a long walk down Memory Lane. S&H green stamps (I licked my share as a kid), snow cones, and the Milk Man. (We had a silver box on our back step where he'd leave the milk and cream.) We also had a bread delivery guy. And once a week an old Italian guy with a truck full of produce would come thru the neighborhood.

I am NOT, however, old enough to remember the ice man. :)

GabbyPA 2010-08-29 06:28:44 -0500 Report

I too remember the milk man and we had a Charlie Chips guy too who drove around delivering all those horribly yummy snacks. I think the only thing that still exists of all of that is the Ice Cream Truck and it's tinny little song coming down the street. I still hear those.

POSTRES 2010-08-18 23:02:01 -0500 Report

Yes I licked a lot of stamps, the S&H AND THE PLAID STAMPS. My mom got a lot of GREAT stuff with stamps and all good quality. I remember the UPS man coming at 11:00 PM to deliver items…By the way , MAMA DEE, Do you live in the Belvidere, IL. area in regards to the FIESTA store, as there is one there too and I always stop on my way as you said to check out the fruits and veggies and they always have great bargains on meat too.

RAYT721 2010-08-16 12:11:13 -0500 Report

I was a little preoccupied with the militant coupon leprechuan in my last post that I forgot to mention the store had wet scallops for $7.99/lb and dry scallops for $9.99/lb. I just had to ask. The clerk advised that the dry were organic while the wet had chemicals in them. I told her, quite honestly, the next time she saw me that I may have three heads but I reached for the cheaper ones. :)

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-08-15 22:42:02 -0500 Report

Happy day,
Yes I have licked a lot of S&H stamps Mama used to get a lot of bargains w/them. My siblings didn't like licking them but when I received an award for helping Mama w/the stamps they got upset (Go Figure). As for imsuzie2 I have a good time doing the comparison game because there is a "Hispanic" store by us (Fiesta) then there is Wal-Mart Krogers Tom Thump Albertson's now Aldi's (new out here). I take a day of the week do my list then start comparing God is good we just have to be obedient & good stewarts over our money times is hard for all. I too like shopping @ night time it's relaxing for me. Keep you face in the Master face.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

RAYT721 2010-08-15 09:19:06 -0500 Report

So I went grocery shopping yesterday and upon entering the store I am greeting by a smiling six foot tall leprechaun trying to force cereal coupons on me. I hate militant coupon wielding leprechauns! I wish I had a squirt gun full of milk. I so wanted to kick him in his Lucky Charms… it's magically therapeutic!!!

GabbyPA 2010-08-16 21:59:29 -0500 Report

Oh my....what is wrong with height challenged leprechauns passing out money? You do have a way of creating a vision in my head...thanks a lot! I will never sleep tonight. LOL

imsuzie2 2010-08-12 19:02:07 -0500 Report

I have learned that the "Hispanic" grocery stores have FABULOUS prices on fruits and vegetables. Our local groceries print the flyers too. But, Wal-Mart MATCHES all competitors ads, so I gather all the ads, go online and print out all the Hispanic store flyers (I don't live near any, so I don't get them) and any other groceries I can find in Vegas…then I circle everything I want, and make up my list…and go to Wal-Mart for everything…1 stop shopping…I divide the cart into "matched" prices and Wal-Mart prices. I warn those behind me if I have a cart-full and tell the checker I have a lot of matches, and we do those 1 by 1. And, since I usually shop at nite, I stop the nite manager, Bob, and compliment the checker and anyone on the floor that was helpful. Since I have all the flyers paper clipped under my list, they never ask me to show them…but I can. Hope this helps…(works for meats, OTC things, pet food, etc. And if the sale is on a store brand, I substitute the Wal-Mart "Great Value" brand, and they take that too)

Good shopping!

RAYT721 2010-08-12 19:40:25 -0500 Report

Hey, Great Tips!!! I should shop around a little more frequently that I do. We have two competing stores (Acme and Giant Eagle) that I use more often… GE with double coupons. We have other discount stores (Marcs, Aldis, Dollar General, etc) but I don't really find myself there often. I have done Walmart a few times but it's not a favorite. We have some local delis and such with great pricing on lunch meat. I love saving time and money… all tips are greatly appreciated.

RAYT721 2010-08-15 08:02:50 -0500 Report

A recent article in "Diabetic Living" magazine discussed the WalMart (and target) store brand savings and quality. Some price differences were substantial. While there are certain things that I am brand conscious of, many things have no differences like whether the Jolly Green Giant packs my corn or Libby or they are store brands, corn is corn. God grows it and businesses package it. But, now, don't mess with my beer brands. I'm faithful to Miller Low Life.

GabbyPA 2010-08-11 21:11:07 -0500 Report

You know Ray, it is hard to be serious when I read some of your posts. You can always make me laugh...THANKS.

RAYT721 2010-08-15 09:29:32 -0500 Report

That's what you get for having sent me a friend invitation. Now you are stuck in my insane little world. That is your punishment!!! LOL. I am just rolling on the floor looking at food labels. Psychotic behaviour???

alanbossman 2010-08-11 21:07:44 -0500 Report

I also remember S&H green stamps and also sinclair gas stations, and my mothers weekly bingo games she would go to. How about milk delivery to your home like twin pines.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-08-12 02:02:33 -0500 Report

I remember home milk delivery and the bread man coming. Whenever we locked ourselves out of the house we could slide through the box the milk man put the milk in.

jayabee52 2010-08-19 00:09:19 -0500 Report

well I don't remember home milk delivery since I grew up on a dairy farm.

I remember getting our milk out of the bulk tank before the truck picked it up. It was right from the cows, only we cooled it before drinking, and if we let it set in the refrigerator the cream would rise to the top. could either pour off the cream to churn into butter or shake it up to drink it. I had a difficult time when I could no longer get raw milk. Everything else tasted like white water. I do remember in grade school buying the little glass bottles with a cardboard stopper of milk for a penny.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-08-19 00:25:07 -0500 Report

The first year after I was married we lived about 1 mile from a dairy. Once a week we would walk down the hill and get warm full cream milk. I had grown up in a big city and never had such good milk until the year we lived in the country.

GabbyPA 2010-08-21 09:11:17 -0500 Report

Maybe this is why I don't like milk. It is about the most tasteless food I could waste my carbs on. I have never had raw milk, and now it is getting harder and harder to find. Much less afford. I might just have to get myself a cow or something. LOL

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-08-22 10:33:48 -0500 Report

I've read that there are places you can by a share in a cow, a cow-operative arrangement. Or would that be a cowperation?

GabbyPA 2010-08-22 11:48:41 -0500 Report

LOL!! That is great! I am not such a fan of milk, but I have a friend who is currently looking. I will have to share this with him...all puns included! =0)

RAYT721 2010-08-22 12:01:12 -0500 Report

I don't think cows are allowed in our condo development. They don't even allow dogs (or even bird feeders) here. I wonder how hard it is to take the cows for walks. If anyone asks I will have to tell them it's a Gateway box. :)

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-08-22 13:02:44 -0500 Report

When I was a kid we had to get up a hour early to milk the cows and do chores. Man I hated those cows early in the morning. I still love milk tho.

bace 2010-08-11 16:01:34 -0500 Report

we get the gas discounts at one of our two competing stores. i tend to go back and forth for the sales… and YES! those horrid stamps! my husband's mom used to use them!! i remember saving them, helping her put them into the little booklets! (this was when we just started dating) he claims his tastebuds are still numb from them!! now, that's goin back!!! thanks again for the laugh!

LennyDenny 2010-08-11 11:04:47 -0500 Report

The store where we shop offers points for every dollar spent. At 100 points you get 10 cents off a gallon of gas and so on up to 40 cents off for 400 points. Guess where I shop. Plus they do offer some pretty good coupons every week for discounts on groceries. I guess I'm aging myself by saying that I do remember green stamps and the nasty taste they left in your mouth after licking a page or two. So I guess I am an old fart.

vgarrison 2010-08-10 23:23:45 -0500 Report

Where I shop, you get a point for every dollar you spend…then after three months you get a rebate coupon for every dollar you spend you get a penny on the coupon. It doesn't sound like much, but I got a coupon for 22.38 to spend on anything I want in the store…just for shopping for the items I would have anyway. So I figure win win, and I have a very strict rule. When i get that coupon in the mail, I do not use it for anything I need, has to be a frivilous want…gotta pamper sometime…LOL!!!

JanetM 2010-08-10 20:53:58 -0500 Report

LOL…oh I do remember the stamps! It was a hassle but what a fond memory that turned out to be! And I DO have my snowcones still. I use sugar free Koolaid & mix it with about half the required water…not as thick as the syrup but it does cut the craving!

JanetM 2010-08-10 20:58:13 -0500 Report

just thought about it…there are some sugar free flavorings intended for tea…I know I've seen raspberry, orange/citrus something flavor & a peach…haven't tried those for snow cones but I wonder…hhhmmmm…look for them on the coffee/tea aisle

RAYT721 2010-08-10 21:19:13 -0500 Report

Ya know what would be really good? Watermelon!!!

RAYT721 2010-08-16 12:14:06 -0500 Report

speaking of watermelon I had some cajun scallops the other night (I rinsed off the chemicals) and had some juicy seedless watermelon on the side to cut the cajun heat. YUMMM. This was my first watermelon for the season.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-08-10 16:44:32 -0500 Report

I was so sad when they got rid of the green stamps. What were we going to do with all that time we used to put them in the little books now?? Sometimes life is just not fair!!!

RAYT721 2010-08-10 17:00:36 -0500 Report

I remember saving up for a Snoopy Snow Cone machine. I never had enough books filled for it. My life hasn't been the same but a few years ago, my wife bought me a snow cone maker and several bottles of syrup based on my sad but true story. Now I am diabetic. You're so right… sometimes life is just not fair!

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-08-10 17:08:41 -0500 Report

OH man! now you can't have your snow cones. Do they make sugar free snow cone mix??

RAYT721 2010-08-10 17:53:34 -0500 Report

They do have several brands and flavors of snow cone syrups. I haven't tried them except to put in coffee, which isn't bad. I have the caramel and hazelnut. I don't know how they'd take for snowcones though. Another thing is that I have a cotton candy machine. Now, THAT I know I can't have sugar free!!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-08-12 01:56:59 -0500 Report

Have you tried Splenda. They say it is made from sugar. If I had a neat cotton candy machine I would sure find out.
Yes they do mke sugar free snow cone syrup, don't remember its ingredients. Liked the sugar free cherry flavorbetter than regular. Haven't made one since, three years ago,way before my diagnosis. Probably will try using crystal light if the urge to experiment hits.

MAYS 2010-08-10 21:34:59 -0500 Report

Why do I remember S&H Green Stamps ?
Time to take another look at my birth certificate and telephone my mother!


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