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good food pantry shopping

March 21st, 2011 at 02:13 pm

I dropped off another 6 bags of groceries at the Food pantry today. I finally had a month where I donated more than a 100 items again. It's been awhile since I was able to do that, when I first started in 2008 and 2009 it was easy and I rarely had less than a 100 items in a month, now I rarely reach that amount. I went to Walgreens and King Soopers to get some items to donate before going to the pantry.

At Walgreens I made money on Reach toothbrushes and got free Snickers easter candy. The candy was 2/$1 and I had 3 $1/2 coupons, so 6 free eggs.

The toothbrushes were on sale for .99/each when you used the Walgreens in-ad coupons. I had 2 coupons for $2/2. So I made a penny each before taxes, but I also got a $4 RR for buying the 4 brushes.

King Soopers is having another one of their mega sales where you get $5 when you buy 10 items in the sale. The total was:

$38.27
-10.00 - mega sale I bought 20 sale items
-19.28 - coupons
- 9.04 - last of my RX coupons
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FREE groceries + made .05 cents, wish I had remembered to bring my reusable bags and made another .15 cents. I remember about every 3rd time even though I keep them in the car.

The food pantry gets

3 Zone bars - FREE
9 boxes Ronzoni pasta - FREE - made .01 on each one
2 bottles Franks Red Hot Sauce - FREE - made .50/each
1 box Oat revolutions oatmeal - .29
3 pouches Bumbleebee tuna - .49/each no coupons but good pantry donation item and I needed 3 more things to get the $5 off.
4 Reach toothbrushes from Walgreens

For me I got bananas, 3 tubs country crock butter, 3 Ronzoni pastas, and 1 store brand pepper grinder.

I also transfered a prescription from Target and got another $25 off groceries put on my card. I spent $5.80 for the prescription.

I got a $100 Subway card for $90 at Plastic Jungle. I eat there a lot, especially in the winter since there is one in the Walmart where we walk.

I got enough swagbucks to order another $25 Amazon gift card. I have over $25 in credit now, so can place an order when the card processes.

I finished reading In the Dark of Dreams by Marjorie M. Liu. Paranormal - pretty good.

4 Responses to “good food pantry shopping”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    Do you keep records of what you donate to the food pantry? You might be able to get a significant tax writeoff if you keep your receipts.

  2. HelpMeFriend Says:

    It does my heart good to hear about someone donating to a good cause.
    I too donate when I remember a time when I went to a pantry for food.
    I always try to make sure my children take donations more than twice a week when they are doing drives for the Fall holiday.
    But you remember those in need all year round, not just when its time to give thanks for what you have.
    Thank you!

  3. Lisa Says:

    Do you get points on your credit card when purchasing gift cards from plastic jungle,gift card rescue, or cardpool?

  4. retire@50 Says:

    crazyliblady - yes I keep my receipts and make lists of what I donate and take that off my taxes. I deducted $1100 in 2010.

    Lisa - yes I get 1% back on my credit card when I buy from the discount card sites. Every little bit helps Smile

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