Coupon Counsel: Feed Your Family for Just Over $5

What local store is best to feed your families needs? With a little help from your paper, you can access ads to your local stores to find prices on your favorite items.

Living in the Fridley area allows quick and easy trips to local grocery stores and chains for a dinner pick-up. Within a 5 mile radius there is Cub Foods, Rainbow Foods, Target, Walmart, and Bob's Produce Ranch.

What store is best to feed your family's needs?

With a little help from your paper, you can access ads to your local stores to find prices on your favorite items. Plus, your Sunday paper has coupons for bonus savings on items you already purchase and coupons to help you plan your meal budget with items you might not have thought of.

Here are a few suggestions for meal planning a spaghetti dinner, for a family of 4, in the Fridley area. Achieved using the Sunday paper manufacture coupons, manufacture coupons printed on-line, or Target on-line coupons.


Market Pantry Pasta Sauce $1.34

Market Pantry Dry Pasta Box $1.09

(use Target coupon $1 off 2 Market Pantry pasta items)

1 lb 93% lean Ground Beef on Sale $3.43

Target Total: $4.86 


Cub Foods:

Barilla Pasta on Sale $1.25

Country Hearth Bread on Sale $2.50

(use Smart Source coupon from your paper or print here $.55/1)

Red Gold Canned Tomatoes $.99

1 lb 85% Lean Ground Beef on Sale $2.99

Cub Foods Total: $7.18

Hint: Sign-up at Cub.com and get a $5 printable coupon towards you $25 purchace!


Rainbow Foods:

Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.79

Cremette Dry Pasta $.991

lb 73% Lean Ground Beef $1.99

1 lb Seedless Red Grapes $.99

Rainbow Foods Total: $5.76 


Additional ideas? Stop in at this week and get Dole Salad Mix for $.99.  For dessert visit Nestle.com for printable cookie dough coupons to help you make simple Easy Swirled Cookie Cups!

This is just a start to the possibilities you have when you do a little research before your shopping trips! Good luck!

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Julie McMonigal June 23, 2011 at 09:55 PM
What about Aldi? Do you think they have better deals than Cub or Rainbow? Or super Walmart in Brooklyn Center? I would like to cut a few bucks off my grocery bill. I tend to go to 4 different stores for their specials just to save money.
Stephanie Churchill Ling June 23, 2011 at 10:06 PM
I'm a brand new Aldi shopper as of 3 weeks ago and I am hooked. I have never been a name-brand buyer, so don't mind that Aldi mostly just has Aldi brand. I have saved at least $20-30 a week by shopping at Aldi. As long as you are not looking for the bizarre item, they have most everything an average grocery list can ask for.
MaryBeth Mueller June 24, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Aldi is great to mention as well! I agree if a non-brand name brand doesn't bother you it is a great place. It is always a good idea to check expiration dates on items at Aldi before you buy! It would be great if the Walmart off University had a produce section. Often, I don't shop at Walmart because my trips require onion or tomato. But their dry goods have very resonable prices and I have never had any issues using my coupons at Walmart. Both great places to check out how much a pasta dinner for 4 would cost!
Amy Paddock June 24, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Well, I love this MaryBeth! I am always looking for savings on food. Prices have really gone up. The new target had better prices for a while on some items, but they too pushed their prices up. Still, you can find some good items a good prices there. When I do my full grocery check list, about once a month I do a route. Aldi, then Walmart, then Cub then Target. I get dairy products, coffee and some frozen items at Aldi. Walmart is usually dry and can goods and any coupon items I have. Then cub for any of their coupon items that I need. Target is last, but usually for their once a week meat specials. Produce is a big issue for me. I love good produce, so often it is who has the best, at the best price. (If I haven't already have it growing in my back yard, that is). This way I save gas, and time. I am terrible at trying to find the right coupons for every trip I make to the grocery store, but this once a month event works for me. Great Info.
MaryBeth Mueller June 25, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Thanks for the comment, Amy! I have had good luck at the Northtown Target. I find it to be not as busy as Super Target & a little less overwhelming when my son and I are out shopping for groceries. They don't have as big of a grocery section but it seems to make it more manageable. Especially, when I have one hand on the cart, one hand full of coupons & the magical, mystery Mom hand on my son! Awesome that you grow some produce in your backyard! What a money saver & delicious, too! A little hint about grocery shopping and saving money on gas, the Northtown cub has a fuel stop and they accept up to 5 gas coupons (and you get a gas coupon everytime you shop at Cub). There is a nifty scanner outside the pump so you don't have to mess around with the coupons. Just scan, pump & go!
Amy Paddock June 25, 2011 at 11:48 PM
I didn't know you could scan those gas coupons! Wow, love it. Now I can look forward to another coupon groupie action! (grin) Thanks MaryBeth!
Crystal July 01, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Try the Mike's Discount Foods, just off Osborne & University Ave. They just remodeled and have amazing deals- usually always have onions, tomatoes, lettuce and other fruits and veggies along with other cooking essentials, breads, and meats. They also will carry some very random items, and because the price is so cheap you can try out the fun stuff and not worry if you don't like it!!


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