The Prize Arrived and Grocery Store Loot

Hello and happy Tuesday! I’m feeling really good today physically – I am shocked I am not more sore from Sunday’s half marathon!

Last night I got home from work and had a big package waiting for me…


I opened it up…


My prize from winning the Thomas’ Bagel Thins Cream Cheese Contest!!!


Sorry for the crappy picture, but inside the box was:

  • $250 Crate & Barrel Gift Certificate
  • 8G Ipod Nano (the new touchscreen one!!)
  • Black & Decker 4-slice toaster
  • Crate and Barrel Coffee Mug
  • Crate and Barrel Breakfast Plate
  • 1 pound of ground coffee
  • Lots of $1 off Bagel Thins Coupons

Woohoo! I’m so excited it arrived. I still have to load up the ipod (hopefully tonight!) and figure out what I want to buy at Crate & Barrel. Yay! 🙂

I ended up walking to the grocery store last night which has been a fun way for me to incorporate exercise without actually working out. Harris Teeter is about 1.25 miles from me, so its 2.5 miles roundtrip, or about 40-45 minutes total. The walk home I’m also lugging groceries so it’s extra exercise carrying all the weight. I always bring a reusable grocery bag with me and last time I pushed a cart and was pretty shocked at the weight of everything on the walk home, so I told myself next time I’d just use the bag in the store so I could keep track of how much it weighed. But the carts looked so tempting last night so I did it to myself again and had to get an extra bag to distribute the weight since the groceries were so heavy. I did really well at the store though! Check it out:


All this for $27!

  • Arnold Rye Bread (on sale for $2.50, had a $1 off coupon which they doubled, so 50 cents total!)
  • Thomas’ Bagel Thins (same story with the $1 coupon, so 1.19 total)
  • Veggie Stock
  • Organic Honey
  • Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Cheese (on sale for $2.50)
  • 1 pound shrimp (on sale for $3.99 a pound!)
  • 2 Oikos Greek Yogurts (on sale for 1.89, had a 55 cent coupon which they doubled so 1.34 each)
  • Cucumber (50 cents)
  • Bananas
  • Butternut Squash (.99 a pound sale)
  • Acorn Squash (.99 a pound sale)
  • Green Pepper (.99 on sale)
  • 4 figs ($2 on sale)
  • 3 Pears (.99 a pound on sale)
  • Green Grapes (.99 a pound on sale)

I was pretty proud of all that loot for under $30! Can you believe before last night, I had never had a fresh fig?? They are AMAZING. So sweet and I just love the texture. When I woke up this morning, I was craving fruit, so I went with it.


  • 1 banana (1.5 points)
  • Baby apple (.5 pts)
  • 2 figs (1 pt)
  • Cup of Green Grapes (1 pt)

Yum. I don’t usually just do fruit for any meal but I had to listen to my body this time.

Side note, the babies are doing well! It’s day 8 now, so they’ve made it past the week mark and are holding strong. Please keep the prayers and positive thoughts coming – I really believe it’s working!

Today’s question: Are you a bargain shoppers? Do you set a specific budget for grocery shopping or just go wing it? Do you plan your meals or go on a whim?

PS – If you’re in the DC area, today’s Groupon deal is AWESOME. $25 for a $50 gift certificate to Potomac River Running Store which is an awesome running store with 4 locations in DC. I’ve been there tons of times and got really excited when I saw today’s deal! Click here if you want to buy it – i did! 🙂

0 comment on The Prize Arrived and Grocery Store Loot

  1. couchpotatoathlete
    September 21, 2010 at 10:44 am (10 years ago)

    I am a total bargain shopper: coupons, double coupon days, I check online for sales, I get sales fliers in my email, etc.

    I am so jealous of your prize pack! Congrats!

  2. Katie
    September 21, 2010 at 10:50 am (10 years ago)

    Loving that Bagel Thin prize! I could do serious damage with $250 at Crate & Barrel, oh yes I could.

    Regarding budgeting while shopping, I am SO a planner. I never head to the grocery store without knowing what both The Boy and I will be eating for breakfasts, lunches, and at least 5 dinners during the week, plus potential snacks. I always check the circular for the week to see what’s on sale, and usually build our meals around what deals I can find. And I always always go with a list. I may have the occasional impulse buy, but it’s so much more easily managed when I have a list to shop off of. I highly recommend it! 🙂

  3. lisaou11
    September 21, 2010 at 10:51 am (10 years ago)

    wow thats an amazing price! very nice.

    I dont like to plan to the grocery store, but I have to!

  4. Alex @ I Eat Asphalt
    September 21, 2010 at 10:53 am (10 years ago)

    That is the greatest prize ever! Congrats you lucky lady!

  5. Gwen
    September 21, 2010 at 10:53 am (10 years ago)

    What a sweet prize! Totally envious 🙂

    I’m not a a die-hard bargain shopper when it comes to grocery shopping. I do collect coupons and pay attention to what is on sale, but I learned that I know what I like to eat, what I am willing to eat to be healthy (and not give into the junk that always calls my name – chip aisle!) and so I buy what I want. Sometimes that means my produce bills are terrible – but it is what it is! 🙂

    TOTALLY bought that Groupon earlier!

  6. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)
    September 21, 2010 at 11:03 am (10 years ago)

    I love bargain shopping but I’m not very good at it! I use a lot of online coupon sites to look for good buys but I go through phases where I totally forget about them. I tend to buy mostly vegetables and grains anyway, so that definitely helps cut down on the cost of groceries!

    Your prize is so awesome!

  7. Amy @ Second City Randomness
    September 21, 2010 at 11:17 am (10 years ago)

    Randomly, I’m still signed up for the DC Groupon because of our vacation there a few months ago. I saw that one go through and said “hmm… I wonder if the two Beths from DC I know saw that?”

    That prize is fantastic. I’m insanely jealous. I’m so boring with my cream cheese creations… haha

  8. Catherine @ Life 2.0
    September 21, 2010 at 11:55 am (10 years ago)

    I’m trying to be more of a bargain shopper. Our grocery bill has been way out of hand for the past few months. I haven’t set a specific budget, but I am trying to be more mindful of what I’m sticking in the cart. I am actually soaking a pot of chickpeas as we speak! Thanks for the tip, we eat tons of canned chickpeas so I thought I would try it out and you can’t beat the cost! I think it was a little over $1 or a whole pound!

  9. Ivie
    September 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm (10 years ago)

    Awesome Prizes! It looks like a good loot pack and $250 to crate and barrel – is wonderful, Shopping time!

  10. tropicaleats
    September 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm (10 years ago)

    That is awesome you won!!!!!! I <3 Groupon

  11. Meghann
    September 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm (10 years ago)

    HOLY COW! Congrats on winning! : )

  12. Amanda
    September 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm (10 years ago)

    I’m green with envy! I’ve been noticing that a lot of people are winning awesome giveaways. How do you find out about these? I never seen any notices. Hmm…I guess I better start paying attention.

    Congrats on the marathon! I hope to be able to do that someday. 🙂

    I try to be a bargin shopper but most of the time I just wing it. This week though I made out a weekly menu and went shopping according to that. I still spent around $100 but I had to pick up a lot of stuff I didn’t have like spices and so on. Someday I hope to be able to be a bargin shopping. It sure would save me some money.

  13. eatmoremeatless
    September 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm (10 years ago)

    That’s an amazing prize!! I also buy Cabot cheese. Do you prefer the 50 percent or 75 percent reduced fat? It’s 1 vs. 2 points, I just usually stand around in the store for 5 minutes or so debating and take turns buying each one every time LOL!

    • Beth
      September 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm (10 years ago)

      Ha. I can definitely relate to that! I go with the 75% because its just 1 point and I really think its pretty good for reduced fat cheese. I’ve never tried the 50% but I know they are coming out with some new flavors so I would definitely try it if it was something interesting!

      • eatmoremeatless
        September 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm (10 years ago)

        Haha – glad I’m not the only one! I do the 75% reduced fat cheddar but the 50% pepper jack is great (loved it in my quesadilla last night!!) I’m just not a fan of Laughing Cow and everyone else seems to love it (they also just came out with some new flavors)

  14. rc1001
    September 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm (10 years ago)

    Wow that is a SERIOUS awesome grand prize!!

    I go with a list usually, but I always feel like I never buy anything for some reason. If I try to plan meals for the whole week, I end up spending way more than I want to. Some weeks I have to skip entirely because I can’t afford it. So the next week I have a hard time keeping the bill low since I have to do a lot of replacing of items I ran out of. It is still a work in progress for me, I guess.

  15. Lisa
    September 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm (10 years ago)

    Nice! Presents in the mail are cool. I am definitely a bargain shopper. I am the Queen of finding a good deal. 😉


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