Earlier this week, I said I would explain how I have a seemingly unending pantry of vegetables. The secret is now revealed.
I went shopping in January. In four different trips to the store, I not only saved a ridiculous amount of money, but I also have enough canned vegetables, canned beans, canned tomatoes, coffee and olive oil to last the rest of 2015…yes. The rest of 2015. Beyond actually.
Every January, ShopRite does it’s annual “can-can sale.” The focus on the sale is its canned vegetables; however, they also have plenty of other great deals as well. Now that the year is half over (how is that even possible), I’m going to share the amount I saved, how much I got, and how I’m doing halfway through the year.
But Rob, that sale was in Janua–
Stop right there! Right now, for the next two weeks in July 2015, ShopRite is doing it’s Summer Can-Can Sale. Although the sale prices are not as good as the annual January blowout, they’re still great compared to the rest of the year.
First I’ll breakdown the sale, then tell you how much I spent, and more importantly, how much I saved.
#1 Canned Vegetables
The namesake of the sale. At January’s Can-Can Sale, green beans and canned corn were 33 cents each if you bought twelve! 39 cents if you bought a single can…but why would you want to?
Other canned vegetables, beans and sauerkraut were .49 each.
Combine my favorite canned vegetable, green beans, with the best price, I stockpiled. They are a great, quick, go-to vegetable that can be eaten several times a week, seemingly unlimited. Usually when I randomly mention “a vegetable” in recipes and menus on this site, odds are canned green beans are the “vegetable.”
GUESS WHAT! CANNED VEGETABLES AND BEANS ARE CURRENTLY .59 EACH! RIGHT NOW! GREEN BEANS AND CORN ARE .45 EACH (limit 24). By the way, a limit is per day, not per sale.
#2 Canned Tomatoes
Multiple variety of Tuttorosso canned tomatoes were 12 for $7.88, or .66 each.
I went overboard with the tomatoes. I did the year before too. Depending on how much I use in the next several months, I’ll probably donate a bit to a food bank or something.
GUESS WHAT. THEY CURRENTLY HAVE IT FOR .74 each IF YOU BUY 12, or $8.88 RIGHT NOW!
Each week in the three week sale, there was a different brand of coffee on sale for $2 each. The normal price for these cans can run up to $5, depending on the store you’re at. At ShopRite, it’s normally $4, so that’s HALF PRICE. I stockpiled enough Maxwell House, Folgers and Chock Full O’ Nuts to last until next January.
GUESS WHAT. THEY CURRENTLY HAVE IT FOR $2 RIGHT NOW!
#4 Olive Oil
Olive oil was great. I got four 2-liter cans for $8.88 each. Halfway through July, I just finished can #2. Perfect timing at the year’s halfway point.
GUESS WHAT. THEY CURRENTLY HAVE IT FOR $9.99 RIGHT NOW!
Other deals during the January can-can sale that I purchased were broth for .49, boxes of General Mills cereal for $2 each when you bought 5, and canisters of bread crumbs for .69 each.
Time Saving Tip
Buying all this seems daunting. After all, if you’re buying 120 cans of something. However, I always load them on the cardboard palate that they’re displayed on. When you do this, count out the cans by multiplying the number in the palate (usually 12) by how many palates. The cashier will scan one can and punch in the rest. Even though I had a cart full of cans and other items, the checkout only lasted a couple of minutes.
In four shopping trips, I spent $249.60.
Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for. Drumroll, please.
Savings per trip:
TOTAL SAVINGS: $296.72. A savings of almost $300
TOTAL SPENT: $249.60 for 314 individual items.
The non-sale full price would have been $546.32!!! That’s a savings of 54%.
In just four shopping trips, I got enough vegetables, oil, coffee, and tomatoes to last at least a year. If I only purchased them when I needed them or were out, I would spend an extra $300 bucks throughout the year. Imagine what you can use that much money for.
I have a credit card with quarterly rewards (you know, the kind Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t want you to have), and each quarter there’s a different cash back category for 5%. In January, the category was grocery stores.
So on top of the savings I already had, I received 5% cash back for a total of $12.48. It’s not a lot, but I don’t sneeze at free money…besides, if you let it sit there in your rewards account, you can let it build up enough to buy a trio of airline tickets…but that’s another article.
SO GO TO THE SUMMER CAN CAN SALE
Here it is. The prices are slightly more than January’s big one, but you can stockpile some nonperishables until the start of 2016. Feed your family plenty of vegetables and get your caffeine fix every morning (or afternoon…or night). I know I’m going to probably buy some pasta, because we just ran out. When was the last time we bought pasta?
Last Summer Can Can Sale.