Here is my Black Friday haul. I know, most people are out buying Elmos, iPads and fuzzy slippers, while I’m stocking up on pumpkins and tomatoes. But my wallet will thank me next year when I have a pantry full of food.
If you’re a Texan, be sure to check your HEB cash register receipts over the next few days, because I was able to score all this for just $0.02 after catalinas! I also scored a free party size bag of Tostitos, and free HEB Queso Dip after coupons. But the kids got into those before I could put them in the photo.
On top of HOT store sale prices and catalina coupons, my college son, who is an employee of HEB, had a whopping 20% discount on store brand items for Black Friday. Merry Christmas to me. So I was able to do the following deal:
(6) Hill Country Fair Solid Pumpkin @ $0.77 (with discount) = $4.62
(10) HEB Diced Tomatoes @ $0.54 (with discount) = $5.40
-$10 off $10 HEB cash register coupon – received on previous shopping trip
Final Price: $0.02!
So why do I need so much pumpkin and diced tomatoes?
If you’re new here, you may not know about my $10 Stockpiling Challenge. We started in early January on a journey to focus our couponing efforts on products that will yield us the biggest savings. The problem with couponing is that we can sometimes be tempted to focus on items that are free or cheap, whether we need/want them or not. This challenge gave us a more narrow set of goals. We had a budget, and a specific list to focus on, and at the end of our journey we will have eliminated the need to purchase many expensive and frequently used items, thus lowering our weekly shopping budget.
How We Did It:
- We made a list of personal care items, household items and frequently purchased grocery items with a long shelf life, and estimated how many our family would need for a 6-12 month period.
- We gave ourselves a budget of $10 per week to focus on these items.
- We spent the year stocking up on this specific list, with a goal to have a full 6-12 month supply at the end of December.
How Are We Doing?
Not too shabby! You can see for yourself on our Stockpiling Pinterest Page. I will update you with photos of my end-of-year stockpile sometime in December.
Get a Free $5 Amazon Gift Card!
If you have been following along with this challenge, snap a photo of your pantry or storage closet showing all you have stockpiled during this challenge. If I use it on the blog, I’ll send you a $5 Amazon gift card!