Dollar Days - Dollar value

Canada
February 26, 2008 12:33pm CST
Well, today I went to the grocery store to get a loaf of bread and I ended up with three bags of stuff that I carried home through the slush and snow. Here in Canada we have a grocery chain called No Frills. The store is not fancy, you bag your own groceries and if you don't bring bags you buy them. Ever so often the store puts on a dollar day. Today I walked into the dollar day. I bought: 3 pounds of naval oranges $ 1.00 2 pounds of apples $1.00 1 huge fresh romaine lettuce $ 1.00 1 hot house English cucumber $ 1.00 1 pound of seedless grapes $ 1.00 1 loaf of multigrain bread $ 2.00 (white bread was $ 1.00 why not the healthier one?) All the fixings for chili including the tomatoes, kidney beans and one pound of lean ground beef $ 5.00. This makes quite a few portions of chili. So I was really happy even though I spent $ 11.00 of my next week's food budget. However, with the stuff I still have in the house and the new purchases I can eat very healthy on very little money this week and next. Do you have dollar days in your grocery stores?
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
26 Feb 08
The store that I shop at for my big shopping trip every month does a 10/$10 sale fairly often. You can get some pretty good deals when they do. They usually have close to 100 things that are $1 each. I really like going there when they are doing that.
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• United States
26 Feb 08
Sounds like Kroger with the 10/10 deal.
• Canada
26 Feb 08
Wow, that sounds like a good deal. I trust you take advantage of it.
@brimia (6588)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Ours is having the same 10 for $10 this week. We bought a bunch of things...frozen veggies, lettuce, carrots, chips and salsa, oatmeal,etc...4 bags of groceries for about $20.
@Darkwing (21590)
27 Feb 08
Wow, Linda, you did really well with your Dollar Day shopping. $11, here in England, is approximately £5.50 and unless I really hunt around for bargains, there is no way I would come home with all that food! Of course, we have to take into consideration that your food and general shopping is so much cheaper than ours anyway, about half price in Oregon, I'd say, but that's just a national trend. We do have "No Frills" goods here though, in Tesco, and other large chain stores, which are much cheaper than the fancy packaged range, and we have two European Supermarkets, Aldi's and Lidl's. Lidl's is by far the cheaper of the two, but even so, they both undercut the main chains by far. As I already said though, it takes time to look the bargains out. I would imagine you were happy to trudge through the snow, with three bags of shopping, which had cost you so little, and really, for the amount you managed to purchase, I would think $11 out of your next week's budget would matter little, as you have plenty of food to keep you going, and healthy eating too. Well done!!! Brightest Blessings.
• Canada
28 Feb 08
Yes I was pretty happy. The oranges are perfectly ripe, not overripe and really sweet. It is so important to have a few servings of fresh fruit or vegetables, especially here where the winters are so harsh. Where I used to live before we had an Aldi store. Now I don't see one anywhere where I live now. I visited Germany last year and there was a big Lidl store. I don't recall if they had produce but they had an incredible selection of chocolate. I like the square tablets Ritter Sport. They had the packages of small squares too. All kinds of flavours, egg nog, strawberry, yoghurt, nougat, milk chocolate, dark chocolate. I bought lots to bring back as a present to my son and daughter in law. They really enjoyed it. Myself I like the packages with the little squares all individually wrapped. That way you can stick a couple in your purse and eat it when you are travelling. I liked Lidl.
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
27 Feb 08
Great purchases, and very budget wise. I am wondering where in Canada, you have these stores? It must be the East Coast. I have lived on the West Coast all my life and do not remembering seeing any of these. Thank you.
• Canada
27 Feb 08
It seems these No Frills stores are very big in the Toronto area. I used to live in Ottawa and there were none. Since I moved here I got rid of my car. The closest grocery store for me is this No Frills that I talked about.It is about 5 blocks away so I can walk to it. Usually I take my granny buggy but yesterday I only wanted to buy a loaf of bread but see what I ended up with. Really good stuff.
• Canada
27 Feb 08
Imagine what would have happened if you would have taken your "granny buggy." Thank you! We have Costco here on West Coast, but you must pay $100.00 membership fee, and then buy in bulk. Doesn't work for a single person, and my friends are so diversified in their eating habits, we can't combine. Wonder why they haven't come to the West Coast. Have a great day, we are just getting rain, after 6 days of brilliant sunshine.
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
26 Feb 08
You did GREAT! We don't have anything like that where things are all $1, but we do have good sales sometimes (but you'll pay higher price for other items, so its a wash). Like someone else mentioned, we have Aldi's here too, and I just stopped in this morning. It is no frills, but the food you get is great for the price, and I could care less that I have to re-use a grocery bag if it means I'm saving money. I just paid .39 a can for vegetables there, and I would probably have paid .79 or more at a full sized grocery chain. Cat food is .23 a can and its the fancy stuff wearing a different label. I'll take those savings any day!
• Canada
26 Feb 08
You did well also. As I mentioned to some one else where I lived before we had an Aldi store and it was great for canned goods and dry goods such as rice and cereal. What I like about this No Frills store is that their fruits and veggies are so fresh most of the time but you also have to watch for bargains. One week a cantaloupe could be 1.99, the next week it coud be $.99 or $ 2.49. You never know until you go in.
@brimia (6588)
• United States
27 Feb 08
we always bring our own reusable bags to stores so that wouldn't bother me anymore either.
@hunar11 (14)
• India
27 Feb 08
No we dont have dollar days in our grocery stores but we do have lots of discount schemes not as lucky as you guys because i stay in india ...and here rupee is the currency nd 44 rupee is one dollar so you can imagine but i hope some day we have 10 rupee days here also....
• Canada
28 Feb 08
That is too bad. I hope you take advantage of whatever discount schemes are offered in your country.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
27 Feb 08
WE sure do and I try not to miss one LOL SOmetimes they have things that I don't really use a a rule, so I make sure I don't get so much into the fact that it's only $1 that I buy things I don't need. But often they do have things I regularly buy:) Hey so we shop at the same store or something? I got pretty much the same things you did. It was on the flyer from last week. I also got a case of bottled water - 24 bottles. Which reminds me of how much they make when they sell it per bottle - if they can even only sometimes sell 24 bottles for one dollar and sell 1 bottle for one dollar as well, that should tell us something :)
• Canada
27 Feb 08
Must have passed right by you in the store. (Just kidding) I saw the cases of 24 bottles of water for $1.00 but since I had walked to the store without my granny buggy I did not buy any. You are right sometimes there are items for $1.00 which I don't use very much either, so I don't buy them either. I usually plan my meals in the store when I see what is fresh and on special. Now I am waiting for the cheese sale. Sometimes the slab of Black Diamond Cheddar or Mozzarella that costs $ 7.47 goes on sale for $ 3.97. I buy two or three and put the Mozzarella in the freezer to grate up for lasagna. It works fine.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Not here in Minnesota. We have buy one get one free. Or good coupons but you sound like you really scored! Good for you!!!
• Canada
28 Feb 08
Yes, I was pretty happy since I have to watch my money carefully. We get coupons too but for branded items such as some processed foods.
• United States
26 Feb 08
We have a discount store for groceries called Aldi. Similar you have to bring your own bags or buy them there etc. However I dont think they have dollar days. Not that ive heard of anyways. It would be cool it they did.
• Canada
26 Feb 08
I am familiar with Aldi. Where I lived before we had an Aldi store. I always went there to stock up on canned tomatoes and kidney beans but they did not have fresh produce as I recall. Nevertheless, it was great to shop there.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
26 Feb 08
I am in quebec we don't have no frills, actually I never heard of it before.
• Canada
26 Feb 08
When I lived in Ottawa I had never heard of them either but they are big in the Toronto area. But in Ottawa I used to drive over the bridge to Gatineau Quebec and shop at the Metro from time to time. Sometimes they had good deals.
@sherrir101 (3671)
• United States
26 Feb 08
We also have a no frills type of grocery store called Aldi's here in the States. You did really well on your discounts. I am not sure that I would do that well here. Don't you just LOVE sales?
• Canada
26 Feb 08
I used to live in another city in Canada. We had an Aldi store there and I was always happy to go there and get a few bargains. Now where I live we just have the No Frills, for which I am actually thankful.