Spring Shopping & Savings

This has been quite a memorable spring for us! As you know, Jai and I have been on the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel since June 2012. I’m pleased to say that we just wrapped up the program and lost a combined total of 86.9 pounds, 13.9 BMI points and 55.7 inches! Yeah! Currently, we are transitioning off the program, eating Nutrisystem dinner entrees with our own lunches and breakfasts. Prior to our last week, I placed an order on Amazon in anticipation of our transition:

Breakfast & lunch bars

I ordered a Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Peanut Granola Bars – 48 Count Box (Amazon Associates Link) for $20.45 and two orders of Kashi TLC Cereal Bar 6-Count Boxes (Amazon Associates Link) for $12.80 each. I had some Amazon gift cards saved up, so it didn’t cost me anything out of pocket. I chose these because the portion size/calories and nutritional information match up with the type of things we’ve been eating on Nutrisystem, so these make for effortless breakfasts & lunches. Initially, I planned to do a big batch of freezer cooking before phasing off Nutrisystem; however, we are remodeling our kitchen this month, so I realized it just wasn’t going to be practical. Having the kitchen torn up is going to make food preparation a lot harder, so I wanted to go easy on myself the first month with pre-packaged foods that will be ready to go without any prep.

Shopping Trip - 3-3-13

In addition to the pre-prepared meals, we’ll be continuing to supplement with fresh foods as we have been on Nutrisystem. The photo above show an example of the type of things we’ve been picking up – eggs, brown rice, fruit & salad supplies. I snagged some savings on the Minute Rice and Dole Pineapple using coupons from the February issue of All You Magazine – I’ve been getting press copies of the magazine in the mail all year, which has been really handy. Since I run this site, I will often receive promotional items in the mail for review consideration; and I can’t think of anything more frugal than getting free coupons in the mail. ;) I also used the January issue of All You to save on some cream cheese I bought at Walmart for a recent birthday party I hosted. Many of the coupons in All You are for products sold at Walmart – naturally, since the magazine is only sold in Walmart stores! – so it can be hit or miss whether I can use them or not, since I can’t get to Walmart often due to the distance; but I have still gotten some useful coupons from it. And of course it’s always fun reading the frugal articles and recipes!

Readers: Gotten any good deals this spring?

9 Responses to “Spring Shopping & Savings”

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    Dawn Lopez says:

    First of all, congrats on the weight loss.. that is totally incredible! Looks like you have a great game plan for keeping it off! I love ordering in bulk from Amazon and also Vitacost from time to time. It really helps having a bulk supply of go-to items on hand!

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    daisy says:

    I love those kashi TLC bars. I am also transitioning off of Nutrisystem in two weeks and need a bulk supply of healthier items to have on hand to help me stay healthy and successful after I’m done!

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    Brett says:

    i love using Amazon to stock up on “snack” foods that are healthier- way less $$ than the grocery store!

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    JulieK says:

    Unfortunately the coupon flyers I’ve gotten lately have not had many good ones :( I love when I can march into a store with a STACK of coupons :)

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    My problem is that I forget to either bring them or use them!

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    Kristyn says:

    i order so much of our stuff off amazon and we keep a nice stock pile! i love the kashi products :)

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    Congrats to you both for doing so well on Nutrisystem! Good luck as you transition off. We love Amazon too and get lots of great deals there. The prime membership with free two day shipping is amazing!

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