I'm always saying that sales save you the most money and here's a prime example. I went into Weis to get something easy for dinner, some juice and bread. I decided to make a real trip out of it when I saw a number of my favorites on a good sale. A good sale, remember, is 40-50% off, or BOGO, or whatever. Just compare the shelf price with the sale price. If it's about half, buy enough for 8 weeks/as much as you have space for/as much as will keep (remember you can freeze many refrigerated products). So, I got everything I needed and more and ended up saving 42% without any coupons!!
(4) Ocean Spray 100% juice BOGO @ $3.99
(3) Thomas English muffins Buy one, get TWO @ $3.99
(I always take advantage of this deal when it comes around, I freeze two and use them instead of bread for the following weeks)
(2) Keebler crackers $1.99 ea (even though this is 33% off, it's a best price for sandwich crackers)
(1) Lance crackers $2.49 (b/c I need Nekot cookies for survival)
(4) Stouffers large size TV dinners $2.50 ea.
(each of these feed the three of us comfortably, so it's a steal at $1/serving)
(1) Baby carrots $1.50 (the best price is $1, but I'm making a pot roast)
(1) Rold Gold pretzel twists $2.50
(1) Newspaper $2
(3) Fruit cups $1 ea. (okay price, but better than $3 for grapes that ended up rotting on my counter)
Now Jesse says that stores just jack up their prices, so they can entice you with sales. Very true, but I'd rather pay the low sale price for the foods I regularly eat, than the full "jacked up" prices any day.