Sep 03 2008

A grocery trip and some baby deals

Changing up my grocery routine lately

In the past, I’ve mentioned many times how I love shopping at Aldi. Well, I still love that grocery, but I haven’t been there in well over a month.

The produce at that store has been kinda icky and quick to spoil. Since it’s still summer and I can get decent fresh produce from this part of the country, I’ve opted to shop at a local chain for awhile.

Kuhn’s Market has a few locations around Pittsburgh.

I’ve found the prices to be cheaper than Giant Eagle and Shop ‘n Save, especially for things such as meats and produce.

Plus, they double coupons up to $0.99. I’m now clipping coupons for things like Eggo waffles and yogurt–coupons I would have skipped during my Aldi-only days.

I say all this because I want to convey that it’s important to be flexible with your grocery shopping. Take a peek at sales fliers at other stores. You may be surprised!

Rite Aid baby deals

Rite Aid has a good deal on Luv’s megas this week. They’re on sale for $9.99 but there is a $2 single check rebate. I had a $1 coupon, making them $6.99 for a pack of 86 size 1s. That’s about $0.08 per diaper, and not bad at all.

Also, Rite Aid brand wipes are on sale for about $6.49 (I don’t have my receipt in front of me so I don’t know for sure) for 240 or so. There is a $2 single check rebate for those. What I do know is these wipes were less than $0.02 each, which is the price to beat.

I’m waiting for Huggies jumbos to hopefully go on sale at Rite Aid later this month. There’s a month-long promotion going on where you buy three “snug & dry” or supreme jumbo packs, Pull-Ups, or Goodnights and you’ll get a $10 rebate. Even if you have $1 off coupons for each pack, the regular price isn’t good enough to do it just yet. Maybe soon?

You can get free Crest toothpaste there if you have a $0.75 off coupon from Sunday’s paper (free after $1.74 rebate, anyway).

Walgreens baby stuff clearance
I made a quick stop at Walgreens today to check out some of the free after rebate items for the month. I decided I didn’t need most of them, but I did buy a lip balm that I’ve been needing.

There are a bunch of baby items on clearance in my store, and it might be worth checking your store to see if the same holds true there. I picked up a Gerber manual breast pump for $9.49 (regularly like $37) but I’m probably going to take it back since it had horrible reviews.

My store had a Playtex pump also on clearance for $9.99. I can’t remember the exact type, unfortunately.

11 Responses to “A grocery trip and some baby deals”

  1. Thanks for the post, I’m going to have to go and check my local Walgreens to see if they have the pumps on clearance since one of my relatives will be needing one soon.

  2. Not to be nosy, but be careful with the pumps. At work I see so many moms who buy one of those and then realize it is useless because they needed a much stronger pump. The other bad thing is women who buy used pumps and then find out later they don’t work (or are on their last leg). It’s a waste if they buy a pump for $30 or less and then have to throw that one away and buy an expensive one. With breastpumps, you truly get what you pay for.

  3. At those prices, the entrepreneur in me says, “Sell them on eBay!”

    I spent $285 on a really nice breast pump. Used it for four weeks while I had an absolute miserable time… (had trouble with milk supply, infections, etc)…. and then switched to formula . Ended up selling the pump to a friend for $100. UGH.

    If I had to do it all over again, I don’t think I would buy a pump until after I was absolutely certain I was going to stick with breastfeeding. There are so many things that may make you change your mind… you just don’t know until you’ve been there.

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  4. I would caution about buying a lot of baby products ahead of time. Some kids react badly to different brands of wipes and some are not very nice to use. They can, of course, later be donated to charities such as women’s shelters but still. My own family found baby wash cloths and Johnsons baby soap were the only choice for two babies. One did fine with just about anything, the others found a “brand preference” based on skin reaction.

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  5. Seriously, invest in a Medela Pump N Style Breast pump. It is an electric double pump and you will NOT regret it. I bought mine at Target with gift cards from the shower, but you can get one on Ebay or Craig’s list and then you can buy the accessory kit at Babies R Us for $24.00 or so. Anyway, I definitely highly recommend it. It has been through two babies, plus borrowed twice and it still works well.

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  6. Ooh, cheap diapers. I’m going to have to tell the Mrs. Good find.

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  7. I’ve heard great things about the Medela PIS, but I don’t think I’ll buy one at this point.

    I’ll be a SAHM and won’t need to pump exclusively. Also, since it’s pretty expensive (even used), I think I’d rather rent an electric pump from the hospital if I needed to, just to be sure a pump of this nature would be useful to me.

    For now, I’ll get a good quality manual pump for occasional use, and I’ll go from there if my needs change.

  8. I agree about the Medela Pump N Style Breast pump. With working, I’m away from the baby so I really needed a good pump. She is a year old now and I’m still using the Pump N Style (she had a milk & soy allergy – so I can’t wean her to other milks yet.) But – you might not have such a big need for the breast pump, so a manual one might be just fine.

    Rite Aid’s rebates have been great lately! I am loving all the baby deals :)

  9. I didn’t work with my second either, but I found that my son would not nurse well (after he was a week old) so I was so thankful for the pump. But I agree, you probably shouldn’t buy one before the child is born. I had a manual pump also, but um, not fun to do. Also, I was somewhat independent so even staying home, I found that the breast pump was handy because other people could feed my child and I could actually leave him without having to hurry home within that 3 hour span. Also, my husband could feed him at night on occasion.

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