Another Amazing Frugal Haul

“Am I allowed to say that looks heavy?” my physical therapist asks me as I walk into my appointment, pushing my collapsable metal shopping wagon, filled with my recent grocery shop.

“Yes, I know, but I don't have a car, and I can't shop online and get prices anywhere near this good.” Which is why I had that heavy wagon with me. She understood, even though she probably didn't approve, since I was coming to get her help with my chronic back pain, and pushing a heavy wagon isn't exactly helpful to that.

Lately grocery prices, especially produce prices, have been preposterous everywhere I am shopping. Even the usual cheap/discount grocery stores.

However, there has been one place that I have been consistently been able to find decently priced groceries- right near my physical therapists' office. I'll call this the "Yes!" store (since its name in our local language is similar). So I planned on going there before my session, and this time came prepared with my wagon, so I wouldn't injure myself too much carrying everything in my arms and on my back (not to mention risking ripped bags spilling everywhere). 

Yes, this isn't good for my body, but until I have the ability to rent a car to bring with me grocery shopping and other places, I don't really have so much of a choice whether or not to carry heavy things, because I am unable to order everything online unless I'm willing to pay exorbitant prices, which I am not. So heavy shopping it is. But my wagon does make things easier, at least.

I don't have a picture of my shop this time because my kids were so excited to see the stuff when I came home with it that they attacked the cart, but since it was such a great shop I couldn't just leave it out and not post it.

Unlike previous shops at the Yes! store, this time I pretty much only bought produce. Not all the produce was on sale, but even the ones that weren't on sale were still a much better price than what is being sold in any of the "cheap" local stores.

The produce that was on sale at 11 cents a pound was:
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Cabbage
Because of the incredible sale on these items, there was a limit of how much you could buy at that price, only 6.6 lbs, but I came in beneath that amount because I was limited in how much I could carry.

I bought 8.5 lb of potatoes,because they came in sacks so I couldn't get the exact amount, but only got the first 6.6 lb on sale, paying a still decent price of 37 cents a pound for the rest. Total for my potatoes was $1.70. Not bad at all.

Cucumbers, unfortunately, don't usually get finished before spoiling in my house, so despite the sale, I made sure not to buy too many, so I only bought 3 lb for "grand total" of 35 cents.

I bought 2 packages of carrots, 5.1 lbs, because those are one thing that never spoils in my house because they are a staple and last a long while, for only 59 cents.

I bought 4.7 lbs of tomatoes for only 55 cents!

I bought 1 head of cabbage which was 4.8 lbs, which meant I couldn't get another head at that same price, because it would put me over the 6.6 lb mark. For my 4.8 lb head of cabbage I paid a grand total of 56 cents!

The rest of the produce, even though not officially on sale still had so much better prices than locally.

Mango, which is a huge treat for my family, was only 77 cents a pound, when it is approximately twice that in my local store. I bought 8.1 lb for only $6.22.

Watermelon is something that I have barely bought this summer, because it is heavy, so even when it is being sold for a "cheap" price like 50 cents a pound, weighing in at 15-20 lbs on average for a smaller one, they end up being around ten dollars for just one fruit. So I only have purchased it when I saw it as cheaply as possible. This store was selling a watermelon for 25 cents a pound, which made me decide to buy one, even though it meant lugging it home. This watermelon weighed in at 17.2 lb, which made it total $6.70.

Cantaloupe is in season, which means I expect it to be dirt cheap, but it hasn't been. Locally I've been seeing it for no less than 65 cents a pound. So seeing it being sold for 25 cents a pound, I bought a 7 lb one for $1.77.

Zucchini is something I like to have on hand in my house because I use it for so many recipes, and I haven't been seeing it for less than 90 cents a pound, so when I saw it for 50 cents a pound I bought 2.5 lbs for a total of $1.26.

Onions are a staple in my house and I also expect them to be cheap, but I've been seeing it for 50-60 cents a pound lately, which I loathe because I will buy onions no matter the price. This store was selling onions for 25 cents a pound, so I bought 6.4 lbs for $1.57.

Last but not least, the one non produce item I got was pasta. They were selling 5 packages of pasta for $2.54,  and 51 cents a package is literally the cheapest I've seen pasta in years, so I bought 5 packages.

Total for my shop? $23.81!

For that much stuff, that is a steal! Of course, it was worth it for me to bring them back in my wagon, despite being heavy. 

Have you gotten any great deals lately?

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal

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