About once a week I stop by one particular grocery store, either before I pick up the kids or on our way home. Now, this chain isn't known for it's low prices, quite the opposite. I don't do my regular shopping there, I go there for one reason, the Clearance. Most grocery stores have things that go on clearance from time to time, products that are out of season, discontinued, dented or near their expiration. This store seems to have more products than average go on clearance. Meats, cheeses, fresh pastas, sauces and salsa's, canned and boxed goods. In the case of the perishable goods they're marked with coupons stuck to the front of the package that has been put on clearance. All you have to do is find them, kinda like an easter egg hunt.
|Look at all that red in my basket!|
I usually start at the back of the store, with the fresh meats. Bacon, sausages, microwave meat entrees and side dishes, pork, beef, chicken, and sea food. This trip I got 3 packages of breakfast sausage, one package of bacon, one meat entree and one mashed potato side dish. A lot of these items can be frozen, so the expiration date becomes a little less important.
From there I head down the isle with the lunch meats, cheeses, fresh pastas and fresh sauces. I bagged, 2 packages of lunch meat, 3 packages of fresh pasta, 4 packages of american slices, 2 tubs of cream cheese (that I have a very tasty plan for) and a tub of pesto. One of the packages of pasta didn't have a coupon on it, but I picked it up because they were buy one, get one free. That means I got 2 for the price of one, AND still got a dollar off. These can also be frozen, whoot!
|It's a cardiologist's worst nightmare|
After I've picked up what strikes my fancy I head for the back of the store again. In the back corner there is a shelving unit and a couple carts. These are where you will find the non perishable clearance. This time there was quite a bit of asian sauces. I got 2 jars of duck sauce, 3 jars of satay sauce, 2 jars of chinese BBQ sauce, and one jar of kobe steak grill sauce.
|Did someone say "Stir Fry"?|
|Carbs carbs carbs|
|Hells yeah, saved 50%|
|Stupid upside down photo :(|
Bonus "Making Do" content... I took some broccoli cheese soup out of the freezer before leaving the house anticipating it to be a soup kind of day. Now, this soup was a bit disappointing the first time, just not cheesy enough. While digging through my fridge I found exactly what that soup needed. Half of a cheese ball! Yep, as weird as it sounds, I cut up half of a cheese ball I had no other plans for and stirred it into my heating soup. It thickened it, bumped up the cheesyness and creamyness, and the the almonds were actually a nice compliment.
|Cheese Ball Soup!|