Posts Tagged ‘Thursday Thirteen’


  1. dish soap – 3
  2. maxi pads (there should be a better word for these) – 8
  3. shampoo – 3
  4. conditioner -3
  5. toothpaste – 4
  6. deodorant – 5
  7. bar soap – 11
  8. contact lens solution – 5
  9. razors – 7
  10. pain relievers – 4
  11. body wash – 1
  12. paper towels – 7
  13. mouthwash – 3

Oh, it doesn’t look too extravagant here in such a tidy little list. But this here is what is known in frugality-ville as a “stockpile.” Most of the things on this list, I’ve amassed in the last two months at little or no cost out of pocket by combing couponing with CVS-ing and Walgreen’s “Free after Rebate-ing.”

Being the me that I am, I often find myself wondering if this is a good practice. On the one hand, this helps stretch our budget a little bit further (in theory) because I’m paying very little or nothing for most of these things.

I remember reading a post from Trista at The Pumpkin Patch about things she would never buy again because they are often available for free (at least I think I read it at Trista’s. I haven’t been able to find it again). This was one post that piqued my interest in the whole CVS system; and it does in fact seem to be true if you know the amazing bargain secrets and are willing to put in the time jumping through the amazing bargain hoops (while not simultaneously filling your cart with other non-bargains in your glee over the aforementioned bargains).

On the other hand, I keep thinking about these verses from Matthew 6 (NIV):

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

God is so creative in the ways he does and is able to provide. This bargain shopping gig can be a little addicting, and I just feel like maybe I don’t actually need anymore deodorant right now.

Leave it to me to write an obsessive post about maxi pads. What say you, Internets?


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granny.jpgAmy at MomAdvice is doing a review of her Grocery Game trial. She’s a big Aldi fan (the Aldi Queen, in fact), so I’ll really be interested to hear what she has to say.

In celebration and solidarity, I thought I’d do another shamelessly commercial Thursday Thirteen to share my love for all things Aldi.

While doing random research for this post, I discovered that Trader Joe’s and Aldi are kissin’ cousins, which comes as no surprise to this gal. Some of my favorite products at Aldi, I once purchased at Trader Joe’s. I was especially glad when I stopped having to trek over to TJ’s for #3. Don’t get me wrong, I still head over every once in a while for a special treat, but it’s definitely something I do for special occasions rather than routine shops.

In my very unscientific trial, I am finding that I can often get things cheaper at Meijer using my Grocery Game list. But I do love many Aldi items, and their prices usually cannot be beat if you don’t combine sales with coupons. Here, in no particular order, are some of my faves:

  1. Milk and Honey hand soap
  2. Jasmine rice
  3. Frozen ‘haricot verts’-style green beans
  4. Canned baked beans
  5. Dee-licious canned corn
  6. Cat litter
  7. Tandil oxygen activated stain remover (don’t make me live without this)
  8. Their version of the Magic Eraser sponge (you need one)
  9. Apple juice (It is not pretty if we run out of apple juice in this house)
  10. Chex-style snack mix (I occasionally run out of this just on principal)
  11. Peppercorn potato chips (heaven)
  12. Ground turkey (haven’t found a better price)
  13. I love their frozen “crispy” chicken (combined with mashed potatoes and green beans for a quick, easy, comforting, kid-friendly meal)
What about you? What are your favorite Aldi products?

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Actually, this would more accurately be titled: 13 things I love about shopping at Meijer with my 3 year old.

If you don’t like crass commercialism, click away now. But of late, I have been struck with how close to pleasant it can actually be to shop with a 3 year old in tow while searching for specific bargain items. I’m definitely an Aldi fan, but my Meijer-love grows bigger each week. So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to see if I could finally come up with 13 items for a Thursday Thirteen.

  1. the “doggy bones” candy my 3 y.o. likes to get out of the $.25 candy machines
  2. the chatty greeter who always has my cart ready while I’m trying to keep the 3 y.o. from dropping all the “doggy bones” and then eating them off the floor
  3. $1.00 snacks on sale
  4. my Grocery Game list which nets me even bigger bargains
  5. Michigan produce; I have some deLIcious apples in my fridge (Empire)
  6. the joy my 3 y.o. gets from going to look at the fish in the pet section
  7. my favorite grocery clearance rack right beside the fish; up to 80% off regular retail
  8. Starbucks samples — most recently toffee nut latte
  9. great coupons that print at the register to stack with other deals
  10. cheap gas
  11. plus 5 cents off gas with the Meijer credit c@rd
  12. the Meijer M@sterCard gives money back
  13. And last but certainly not least. “For Meijer customers” : free kiddie rides on the mechanical horsey

(Next time I ride it, I’ll be sure to post a picture)
Thank you, Meijer, from the bottom of my poor, frazzled, stay-at-home mom’s heart.
What about you? Got any tried and true tips for shopping with a child in tow?

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