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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Drugstores for Groceries? YES!

I just posted this over on College Cooking. I thought this might also be news for my FRUGAL followers.

This comes under the category: I thought everyone knew this. However, since most of my peers don't know this, I can only assume most College Cooks are likewise unaware of the riches (or staples) lurking in the drugstore.

This may be news you can use. For many, grocery stores are at a distance from campus, a problem for the time-challenged College Cook. There seem to be drugstores on every corner. In my town of 8500, there are often two drugstores on every corner, as CVS and Walgreens are facing off.

Now you may suppose that drugstores only carry overpriced convenience foods or snack items. Not so, College Cooks. They carry more staples than you might think, AND (for after all, I am FRUGAL) they have good WEEKLY SALES.

Just for a glimpse at my Walgreens this week*:

tuna 69 cents
peanuts 1.99/lb
cereal (cheerios, fiber1) 2.50
Kraft mayo 2.99
butter 2.50/lb
bacon 2.50**
coffee of various kinds, instant and regular

Not to be mentioned in polite company, box mac and cheese (69 cents) and those bowl things that you can microwave (99 cents).

They always have pasta, milk, and eggs also, the latter two at decent prices.

Now, for the **:
* You may need a coupon. The coupons are in the ads at the front of the store. Ask a cashier for help if you can't handle this task.

** The ad says "ready-to-serve bacon." Could this be the pre-cooked slices? I've never used the product, but I would think this would be great for the College Cook. It does not require refrigeration, and can be sprinkled on some of your soups and pastas. Must check on this, faithful readers.

CVS and Rite-Aid have similar sales.


Dmarie said...

hmnnn, looks like I need to take a look around next time I'm those stores. thx!

Funny about Money said...

Recently read that drugstores -- esp. Walgreen's & CVS -- are planning to expand their grocery offerings.

SDXB used to score some serious bargains on the excruciatingly cheap wines he favored.

Heh heh heh heh .... One day we had a party and my best friend showed up. It was a byob and she had gone through the half-bottle or so she'd brought. So, he being a gentleman, he poured her a glass of his finest Gallo (or whatever schlock he was drinking).

She took a sip of it, gazed up beguilingly into his eyes, and said, "Did somebody sell you this as wine?"

Anonymous said...

mac and cheese + tuna = home

add a few peas and it's a full meal...

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Frugal Scholar said...

@Dmarie--You can check the ads online so you don't waste a trip.

@Funny--I would guess that the wine selections have improved. I'll have to check.

@nm--But even better with homemade mac and cheese (see my other blog!)

Dmarie said...

hey, thanks, I'll do that!