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My Shopping Trip: No Coupons!

My Shopping Trip: No Coupons!

Just so you guys don’t think all I buy is toilet paper, pasta (although I did buy another one today) and cereal, I thought I would share the no couponing part of my shopping.  Because I save so much money on everything from health & beauty products to paper good to cereal, pasta, canned goods and more, I then only have to buy my meat, produce and dairy each week.  Plus any other goodies we might like to snatch up for a special recipe, etc.   And, usually after big shopping and organizing weeks like the ShopRite Dollar Days, I’m ready to take a break so as not to fry my brain.

So, here is my trip to the Farmers Market and to Trader Joes.  I spent $40.22 on everything here with the help of the Free $20 Trader Joes Gift Card.  I hope some of you were able to get that Free Gift Card as well.

Here is what I picked up:

Farmers Market:

Jersey Peaches
Jersey Tomatoes
Black Plums
Cantaloupe
Corn
Bananas
2 bags baby carrots
Vidalia Onion
Yams
Celery
Green Peppers
Green Beans
Romaine Lettuce
Almonds
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Shredded Romano Cheese
Strawberries
Kiwi
Paid: $34.63

Trader Joes:

Sweet Potato Tortilla Rounds $2.49
Brown Basmati Rice $2.99
Panda Black Licorice $2.49 (my weakness)
Dried Cranberries $2.49
Frozen Organic Brown Rice $3.49
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough with Garlic & Herb $0.99 (can’t wait to try this with the fresh mozzarella & tomatoes)
Whole Wheat Pasta $1.39
Organic Tofu $1.79
Frozen Edamame $1.69

Whole Grain Dijon Mustard $1.79
Chicken Sausage Sweet Apple $3.99
Total: $25.59
-$20 Trader Joes Gift Card
Paid: $5.59

What do you guys buy on your “no couponing” days?


  • Rachel

    Wow, you did great! Honestly though, I don’t go anywhere without a coupon.. :)

  • Mary

    Awesome! When I don’t use coupons it is mostly for meat , produce and dairy too! Have a garden going but this by far is the worst garden I have ever had, ughh!

    • Pamela

      My garden isn’t doing very well this year either. I blame the weather! :)
      I love the farmer’s market.
      I only buy meat, produce, bread and milk without coupons, and sometimes you can get coupons for that stuff too, so it depends really.

  • Janey

    Yum, I might have to head to Trader Joe’s tomorrow for the pizza dough. Try grilling it, delish!

  • Heather

    Today was a “No coupon day” for me as well. The coupons are great right now, but the sales seem to be sub-par so I just decided to not do coupons today. I bought; one pound of Lima beans (I love them, everyone else in the house hates them!), 3 ears of corn, 3 pounds of zucchini and summer squash (can’t seem to grow them thanks to my friendly neighborhood ground hog), 4 pounds of apples, 4 pounds of oranges, 3 heads of romaine lettuce, 2 heads of garlic, 1 bunch of celery, one pound of salmon, 5 pounds of potatoes, 1 pound of onions, 1 pound green peppers and a 24 pack of bottled water. Total spent $31.53! I sort of winced when I saw the price but four months ago I’d of thought that was a great trip. LOL Either way they were things that we needed!

    While we are (sort of?) on the subject of produce shopping can I ask how do others store lettuce and how long do you keep it? I’ve grown it in the past but it’s only loose leaf, very hard to grow a head of lettuce for some reason and if you don’t pick it it quickly bolts and goes to seed… I’m always on the fence with things like this… This year I opted not to grow it and instead I’ve been buying it.

    • Lisa

      I wrap the lettuce in papertowels, put in a plastic bag and it usually keeps for about a week. The vegetables that we get from our membership with an organic farm keeps at least twice as long as the ones from the store. Since we eat A LOT of vegetables and we try to eat organic, our organic farm share is definitely worth the $300 per year, especially since we get so much at the last week of the season that we freeze, can, and cook enough vegetables to last us all winter. The flavors of the veggies are a thousand times better than that we get from the grocery store. I realize that not everyone eat as many vegetables as we do and/or they don’t have an organic farm at a convenient location, but in my opinion, the farm share is worth its weight in gold. :-)

  • Denise

    i miss the awesome farmers markets of NJ!!!

  • Valerie

    Funny you say that. We just went to trader joe’s too, was really surprised how reasonable things were!

  • http://www.crankyeditor.com Tamar

    “Whole Wheat Pizza Dough with Garlic & Herb $0.99 (can’t wait to try this with the fresh mozzarella & tomatoes)”

    This dough is wonderful! My favorite pizza to make from it is pesto, TJ’s Quattro Fromaggio cheese and fresh mushrooms. YUM!

    • Cindy

      Good to know. I think I’m going to try it tomorrow.

      • http://www.crankyeditor.com Tamar

        I hope you enjoy it! Fresh tomatoes would be great on it, too.

  • Debbie

    So funny that you posted this! I had my first “no coupon” day just yesterday. My husband has been my right hand man (no pun intended) in my Q’ing efforts, so I decided to treat him to a “stay-date” night. I’ve saved so much $$ with Q’ing, that I didn’t “sweat” the prices!!! He was SO thrilled that I insisted on rewarding him for his help (and super-patience with my Q’ing efforts!)

    This is what I bought from our local independent supermarket (and our local wine shop):

    2- lovely bone-in prime rib steaks ($14.50)
    1 – bag of Alexia parmesan olive oil potato wedges ($4.29)
    2 – bottles of wine from Spain ($28.00)
    1- scented candle (free, as I scored that w/Q some time back)

    Total price to my wallet: $46.79. But to me & my sweetie this stay-at-home date was PRICELESS !!!

  • Jennifer

    Awesome! :) I go to the Farmers Market on Rt. 17 by Staples (in I think Secaucus??). Gets crowded on the weekends, but still love all the fresh produce there.

  • JessicaJ

    Now that it is school time I have been using my time to go to the stores and get the school product sales for donations. All it takes is my time and I already have over 25 folders, 20 highlighters and tons of glue and crayons. I take a few trips to snatch the penny deals which usually are store brand so there are no coupons.

  • Jessica

    I go to Aldi’s for fresh fruit and produce, and lots of other great stuff at low prices (they don’t take coupons)






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