We are not big Super Bowl fans, unless of course, our teams are playing which, as it happens, they are not this time around. Still, I view Super Bowl Sunday, Valentines Day, President’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and others as what I call Lesser Holidays. They are not lesser in their meaning, just that I tend to do less around them. However, as a devoted one to all things frugal, I always try and leverage these holidays to stock up on savings that typically are part of the holiday promotion.
For example, for Super Bowl Sunday I find that chips, cheese, ground beef, along with other game day ingredients, these are often steeply discounted at the grocery store so I snap them up even if I have no intention of using them for that specific event or holiday. Shredded cheese, costing $9.99 for the big bag, was $4.99. Normally I do not buy the bigger bag but at that price, I know I can find ways to use it up. The 5 pound tubes of ground beef? Usually $10.99 to $12.99 but this week they were reduced to $8.99 so I bought two. Bags of chips were advertised as buy two, get one free so I also took advantage of that special since my partner can plow though a bag in no time given the opportunity. Sorry, dearest, I didn’t mean to snack and tell.
Same goes for avocados, sour cream and salsa although I was very well stocked up on all three so I had to pass because anything you don’t use up and that goes bad is throwing away not only food but money. I did however, see a real bargain that seemingly had nothing to do with Super Bowl. The cartons of cheap chicken stock, normally $.99 a box that I always see at the grocery discount store were somehow discounted to $.48 a box. Really? I probably can’t make stock for that price so I picked up four knowing I can freeze anything I don’t use straight away.
To this end, Valentine’s day is coming up fast so I know candy of all kinds will soon be on sale. Not something I buy a lot of but my partner does love his peanut M&Ms and Snickers bars so I know I can get those on special here soon. There might even be the stray variety or two of chocolate chips on special so I will be sure to check that out as well. And maybe even boxed mixes for brownies that my partner loves.
So, as each lesser holiday rolls around, be sure and check out the savings that surround each event. Frugal food shopping strategy means you only snap up the ingredients and items that you would normally use any way. If you love chicken wings, now is probably a good time to buy some. If you adore candy, wait a week and it might go on sale and so on. Come 4th of July, you can probably count on hamburgers and hot dogs making an appearance in the sale aisle so plan accordingly and rack up even more savings.