Bargains, Mark Downs, & Cash Back

Friday, November 29, 2013

Aldis closes for all major holidays. Such as Thanksgiving. The following morning they have marked down perishables such as meat, dairy, and anything with an expiration date like pumpkin pie. At the first Aldi's I went to this morning, they had not one single mark down. They did have $1.59 blackberries, which I quickly got and left.

I was amazed about no meat marked down so I even checked the store hours on my way out, to see if they had opened earlier. Nope; no change in store hours, and I was there one minute after opening.

At the second Aldi's store, which I arrived at 45 mins after opening, the only mark down they had was 2 pkgs steak, marked down $5 off ea pkg. I got the 2 pkgs steak, organic lettuce, another extension cord (3-prong with a really good price for ministorage), mini colored peppers, lunchmeat, and Brussels sprouts. I intentionally chose a higher amp cord at Walmart yesterday, but the Aldi's price was unbeatable for 2 amps less, and will give me more options.

Here is my deal on the Angus sirloin steak:
($7.50 + $7.95) - $10.00 mark down = $5.45 for 2 pkgs
1.67 lbs + 1.77 lbs = 3.44 lbs
$5.45 divided by 3.44 lbs = $1.58 per lb

$1.58 lb is a good deal, but in years past I always had a choice of 5 or so different kinds of lean protein and several dairy discounts. At checkout, the cashier said of my steak pkgs, "Oh!! I did NOT see those this morning!" I believe she would have snagged them if she'd seen them. So maybe that's why I didn't find any at the first store. December 26th is the next post-holiday date to remember for Aldis bargains, tho if you check regularly immediately at opening time, they regularly have mark downs throughout the year.

Black Friday and me? Um no, not so much; not a fan, not even when I had $ to spend. It sounds like someone died, instead of a happy occasion. Remember the MOST money you will ever save is by NOT buying it to begin with! And as one SparkFriend said, "I already have enough or too much stuff". Yeppers!

Other than Aldi's, about the only other way I, personally, do Black Friday is online, and even then very very limited as I have practically no money. Necessities, instead of wants or toys. Speaking of online . . .

I learned about Ebates for the first time this year, and I LOVE them. There are more than 1,600 online stores associated with Ebates, including all the big box stores and many department stores. I will never buy anything off Amazon, Ebay, Puritan supplements, or VitaCost supplements again without using Ebates. And when my Bali bra goes on sale in January at Just My, and when I order Franklin Covey planner refills for 2014, I will definitely be using Ebates to buy them! During Black Friday, 500 online stores have double Ebates.

What is Ebates and how does it work?

DaySpring Super Sale 30% Off (their best once-a-year sale):

Swanson's (vitamins and supplements) is offering 13% off your order, Black Friday thru Cyber Monday - I'm definitely getting 3 bottles of SinuFix which never goes on sale, plus some of their B1G1F items, antioxidants, Bragg's apple cider vinegar which is cheaper than in the store IF you can find it in the store, etc. They also have free shipping plus the 13% off, for orders of $20 or more. So weighty things like 2lb bottles of apple cider vinegar are no prob.

5 Awesome FREE Things To Do On Black Friday, by Minimalist Mom
Yep, this is DEFINITELY more my style:

Did you / do you plan to get any bargains this weekend? What are they? Steak at Aldis and supplements at Swanson, are it for me. What blessings did you count?

Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him...and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    No shopping for me today. I'm part of the toomuchstuff brigade! LOL
    I could use a new cardigan sweater for chilly days at work, but I had already looked & know none of the stores here had any. I will look at goodwill next week.

    1450 days ago
    we do not have sales like that
    1450 days ago
    I coaxed hubby outside to do some leaf removal today. We did not go to town. I have too much stuff. LOL.
    1450 days ago
    I am not a Black Friday shopper either. I do not like all the crowds. I do have my tree up and decorated and my whole house decorated. My cards are ready to mail and my Christmas shopping is done and wrapped. Just need to bake my cookies.Hope your holidays are going well
    1450 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.