Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Buying Groceries on Vacation....Am I Weird?

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I am a simple woman who enjoys simple things in life.
When on vacation I have been known to buy groceries.
Yes, if I see a store I don't have around here(even some we do have here)I like to go browse and see if I can find some deals.
You just never know what you'll find because life is an adventure.  ;-)

So on the way down to Virginia last week we stopped at an Ollie's in Delaware that was along the way.
There is no sales tax in Delaware so right there is a savings!



I found peanut butter and honey flavored oatmeal packets for $1.49 per box.  Something different to try.
I also found a big squeeze bottle of blue cheese dressing for $1.69.
Cornbread stuffing is hard to find around here in Pennsyltucky(and that is at Thanksgiving-the rest of the year, fat chance!)so I picked this Stove Top brand bag of cornbread stuffing up for .79¢.

The Panko bread crumbs I found at the Grand Opening of a Dollar Tree in North Carolina for, you guessed it?, $1 per canister(plus tax).

I also found all this on clearance.........


The ranch dressing was 50% off so .64¢ per bottle.
The M&M's were 50% off(Valentine's colors)so $1.14 per bag.
The crackers were 75% off(and not stale either!)so .24¢ per box.
The MegaRed was 75% off(!!!)so $2.50 per bottle.

Altogether everything pictured in the 2 photos cost me $22.87(including the sales tax on the Panko).

Add to that that I found a dime on the floor in Ollie's and a nickel on the floor at Dollar Tree so I am OOP $22.72 overall.  ;-)

Not to be totally a nerd I did buy a couple of souvenir t-shirts on vacation too.

Do you like looking in grocery stores to see what sort of different things they have that your stores at home don't have?

Sluggy



12 comments:

  1. You are NOT weird at all! Just a super thrifty wonder saver. It is SO much fun to see and experience regional stores. I do the same thing.
    Sometimes a Wal-Mart, drug store or a grocery store are the only inexpensive places to buy a tee shirt or kitscy post card.
    Glad you had such fun visiting and exploring with Kim.

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  2. Yes you are weird, just to answer your question.

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  3. I love Ollie's, so I don't blame you for stopping at other locations. There's always some treasures to be found at their different locations.

    I'm jealous of that Ranch dressing price. I have to check my store.

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  4. Besides trying to have some savings in restaurants, I loved going into grocery stores in France, Germany, and Belgium. When we travel, we often stock up. I think it is just part of traveling to know the local flavor-deals might be found as well.

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  5. Seems normal to me but I'm also known as the crazy cat lady. ;) But checking out new grocery stores, dollar stores etc is my favorite part of a vacation.

    Jen G.

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  6. I shop when i’m Out of town, too. I mailed some stuff home from Fl. when I went. So yah, crazy here, too! In my defense, we have very few good stores. I love Ollie’s, Trader Joe’s, Kroger. A bookstore would be awesome!

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  7. the last place I want to see on holiday is a grocery store unless they have good ETOH and nibbles.

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  8. If you are weird then so am I. I absolutely love to go into grocery stores in cities or states that I am visiting. My husband worked all over the United States and I just loved grocery shopping in different stores and seeing what they sold in that area of the US. First time I had ever seen fresh clams was when he was working in upstate NY.

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  9. I do the same thing. I even bring my coupons on vacation. I have gotten some great finds while looking at clearance on vacation.

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  10. I enjoy checking out grocery and bargain stores in other places when I am on vacation too! You never know what you will find in a place. And I too am a bargain hunter. Penny S.

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  11. We travel with a cooler wherever we go for just this purpose

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