February 10, 2012

Save Money On Milk at Smith's Grocery Store

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It's hard to believe you can purchase a gallon of milk for 75 cents, but it is possible with "Manager's Special" at Smith's (Kroger) grocery store. One of the most expensive items in my grocery budget is milk, so saving money there is helpful.

How To Save Money On Milk:
  1. Print a milk coupon from Coupons.com. They usually say: $.75 off Any Brand Milk Any Brand Milk (White or Chocolate and excluding Soy Milk beverages) 1 gal or 2 half gal Valid in ID and UT. You do have to download their printer software.
  2. If you have more than one computer, you can print up to two coupons per computer. 
  3. It is better to stagger the printing of the coupons, because otherwise they will expire before you use them. Meaning, if you only need two gallons, then only print two coupons this week on one computer, and two next week on another computer.
  4. The milk coupons will reset each month on the site.
  5. Go to a Smith's (Kroger) grocery store in the morning. I try for 8:45 at my Farmington, Utah store.
  6. Go to the milk section and look for the yellow and orange "Manager's Special" tag on milk cartons. You can find skim, 1%, 2%, whole and chocolate milk marked down.
  7. "Manager's Specials" are items that are getting close to their expiration date, but are still usable. I purchased two gallons and their expiration date was 8 days away.
  8. You may also find these stickers on various brands of yogurt, sour cream, cheese, etc. Take the time to scan the deli, produce, meat and bread sections. You can freeze the meat and bread, and use the produce that day.
Let's Do The Math:
1 gallon milk regular price: $2.39
Manager's Special price: $1.50
Minus coupon: $.75
Final price: $.75
Savings: $1.64 per gallon

We drink three gallons of milk per week x 52 weeks in a year
Regular price: $372.84
Manager's special price + coupon: $117.00!
You can't do that at Costco.

Update: the dairy manager told me today that he does markdowns 9 to 10 days before expiration. And the night manager does the yogurt. Cool! Today I bought a gallon of chocolate milk for .75, but there weren't any 2% on clearance. So I paid $2.39 minus .75 cents = $1.64. Still a great savings! And a half gallon of orange juice for $1.50.



Weekly Focus Reminder! 
Week #6 Feb. 5 - 11


Here is what we're working on this week:

Inventory: Count your shelf-stable snack foods. Recycle old boxes, and straighten that shelf.
Emergency Fund: Put aside the amount you decided on. Consider $2.00 per week per family member.
Water Supply: Continue to buy or fill water if needed. Work towards 14 gallons per person.
Food Storage: Buy 3 boxes of breakfast cereal per person or more. Use coupons!
Non-Food: 1 Toothpaste per person. $1.00 at Dollar Tree.
72-Hour Kit: Add a travel toothpaste & toothbrush. At Dollar Tree for $1.00 with adult and kid's-type toothpastes.
Auto Kit: Add a small pad of paper, and a pen to take notes. You could also put it up front in your car.

Go here for the printable February 2012 Food Storage Shopping list. Work on your food storage one bite at a time.



1 comment:

  1. We love the managers specials! Since discovering them we have bought milk, yogurts, cheeses, breads and recently realized that they do the same for meats! We had bought lunch meats on special before but yesterday bought steaks, hamburger patties, tri-tip and pork chops! We spent just over $50 yesterday and about 70% of our cart was managers special!

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