Tuesday, October 25, 2011
It's been about a year since I started couponing and reading frugal blogs from all over the country. One of my daily reads has become Money Saving Mom. Crystal is a VERY successful blogger and her and her husband live with their 3 kids, are DEBT FREE, homeschool, and run their small businesses. Plus, Crystal is about to publish her first book! Although I've never met her, I look up to her as a model of what I'd like to be in the future.
Ok, enough of the gushing. On to the deal tip....
After reading Money Saving Mom regularly, I was in awe of Crystal's ability to find name brand breads at her local Dollar Tree. Until recently, I never would think of heading to my local Dollar Tree for bread. Probably because I have the misconception, that alot of people do, that it would be off brand or too close to expiration date. Boy, have I been wrong......
With a loaf of bread not lasting more than 5 days in our house, that is one item we are constantly running to the store to get. One thing I've learned is to buy 2-4 loaves when they run B1G1 deals at our local stores. I freeze everything but one loaf and just pull out when I need another one. So, normally, if I can spend under $1.40 per loaf, I am happy. And if I have a coupon, even better!
Well, after reading Crystal's blog, I started venturing out to my favorite Dollar Tree in town. It took a few trips over the course of a couple of months, but I was able to find the bread deals and learn when they get deliveries. The local Nature's Own distributor is their main source and he normally comes once per week. If I see his truck outside the doors, I head on in.
Typically Thursday and Friday are the days to be on the lookout for his truck, but I happened to see the truck their yesterday and I knew I had to make an unscheduled trip. The driver said he was on vacation last week, so this was his make-up day. Thank you grocery gods! I was there when he unloaded so got the pick of the lot. I wanted to stock up, so I grabbed 5 loaves of bread, 4 6ct bagels, and 1 pack of hamburger buns! Considering that the bread alone retails for $2.48 at most stores in town, I was a happy camper. Into the freezer they have gone and waiting for when they will be needed.
Dollar Tree does not accept coupons, but either way you look at it, $1 for bread is a great deal.
Moral of this long post....try new stores and don't be afraid to ask the associates questions. You may be surprised at what you find. And reading great blogs will always help :) Thanks Crystal!
Posted by Katie at 1:49 PM