99 Cents Only Store Shopping Trip 2-7

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Today’s trip to the 99 Cents Only Store helped me finalize this week’s meal plan.  I’ll share my strategy for dove-tailing my 99 Cent Only bargains with my mainstream store shopping.1.    Hunts Whole Tomatoes No Salt, 28 oz.
2.    Cilantro, 3 pk.
3.    Potatoes, 5 lbs.
4.    Brussels Sprouts, 1 lb.
5.    Kiwi Fruit
6.    Velveeta Chipotle Cheese Dip, 15 oz.
7.    Ritz Crackerfuls Big Stuff
8.    Ore Ida Sweet Potato Fries, 19 oz.
9.    LaCreme French Vanilla Creamer, pint
10.  International Delight Breve Creamer, pint
Not pictured:  Green Split Peas 1 lb, Gala Apples 1.5 lb.
Re-stocked for those who were searching:  Kelloggs cereal, and the toys that were posted around Christmas

I tend to use proteins as a springboard for meal plans.  Split Chicken Breast was $0.60/lb in a deal I spotted at Nob Hill/Raley’s.  It’s raining outside, but we’ve got a pot of Chicken Tortilla Soup simmering!  I simply added the Hunts Whole Tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and whole wheat tortillas gathered from the 99 Cents Only Store!  So, my strategy was buying the protein from a mainstream store (Nob Hill) & buy the other ingredients from the 99 Cents Only Store.  About $5 for a pot of soup that’ll last us two meals!  Also from Nob Hill, I bought the Jennie-O Turkey Burgers with E-coupon + $2/1 printable coupon.  My find today of Sweet Potato Fries will pair well with those burgers.

A final example of dove-tailing involves Fresh & Easy Market.  Last month they offered half hams at only $0.49/lb.  I’ll make Ham & Potato Casserole using the potatoes from today’s trip, and Split Pea & Ham Soup as the final dish I’ll squeeze out of my ingredients!

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  1. Linda Middendorf says:

    Love the ideas! Thanks

    • You’re welcome, Linda. In my early years of 99 Cents shopping, I made mistakes. Since items were inexpensive, I’d wildly buy random ingredients…and say “now what?”…if I didn’t have a menu plan, I was throwing away unused ingredients.

  2. Fresh artichokes looked amazing. Family-sized Oscar Mayer lunch meats re-appearing. I enjoyed meeting a shopper who visits every single day! And I thought I was 99 Cents’ #1 Fan.

  3. teresa howery says:

    I got all the ingredients to make home hot pockets at my 99 cents only store. Cresent rolls, pepperoni, kraft chedder cheese, nd pizza sauce . And the kids had fun putting it all together themselves.

  4. Just be careful with fresh ingredients; their mushrooms made me sick!

  5. I just came from there and they had beautiful heads of cauliflower and they were just putting out 8-pack of DanActives and 4-pack of Yoplait 2x protein greek yogurt with great pull dates. Also found Morehouse dijon mustard…

  6. I just went this morning…I don’t know what has taken me so long to go there…i was so surprised & impressed with their selection of food. What an awsome way to stretch my grocery budget!!

  7. Thursday 2/9 morning sightings @ Clayton Rd:
    Minute Maid 100% Orange Juice, half-gallon, in two varieties
    Ready-to-Bake Valentine Cookies by Pillsbury, Nestle
    CA Avocados, 3-pk (!)
    Carving Board deli meats
    This was my 2nd trip this week. Cannot drive past & resist the urge to take a quick peek–do I need an intervention? (I didn’t buy the Cookies & Carving Board, so I did NOT check Best By Dates for those). My OJ is best by Mar 8. Wondering if I should’ve picked up more than one… But thought I’d share the Valentine Cookies, in case any moms are in need for classroom parties…:)

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