With 6 kids, I’m always looking for ways to save on our grocery budget and Albertsons is often a huge help. My kids can EAT. Sometimes it feels like they are always hungry. They can clean out my fridge with just a snacking session.
One of the tricks I use to save is to stock up when prices are low, and the Albertsons Stock Up Sale is a great opportunity to do that.
Things to Know Before you Stock Up
I have a few rules I stick to when stocking up on groceries. I’ve seen too many families make mistakes when stocking up (and I’ve done this too) that end up costing them more money in the long run.
- Buy foods you know your family will eat. This is huge. In the past, I’ve stocked up on food items simply because they were a good deal and they ended up going bad because they weren’t something my family liked to eat. The Albertsons Stock Up Sale has some great choices that definitely won’t go to waste at my house, but be sure to evaluate your own family’s needs and stock up on the foods you know they’ll eat. I’ve found a really easy way to to this is by using the Albertsons app. It allows me to scan the bar codes on items at my house and instantly check for deals and add them to my Albertsons shopping list.
- Shop with a list. Impulse buys will kill your food budget. I check the Albertsons ad that comes to my house before I go shopping and make a plan for what I need to buy. That not only helps me avoid buying anything we won’t use, but it also helps me to make sure we are catching any deals on the foods we love.
- Focus on shelf-stable or frozen foods. I love buying foods in bulk, but one downside is that there is the potential to get tired of eating something before it is gone. Buying mostly shelf-stable or frozen foods lets you work those foods into your regular meal plans.
- Check expiration dates. I always try to check expiration dates before I buy anything, but this is especially important if you are buying in bulk. At some stores I’ve found food that is already expired on the shelves. I’ve never had that problem at Albertsons but I always choose foods that have the furthest expiration date since there are usually quite a few products on the shelf.
- Create a meal plan using items you plan on stocking up on. This is such a huge way to save money on your grocery budget. Look through your Albertsons Companies ad (Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway) and see what items you’d like to purchase from the Stock Up Sale. Once you know what you will be buying, create a menu plan based around those food items. You’ll definitely be adding things you already have in your pantry or other food items that you purchase, but it will help you fill in your menu with items that you got at a serious discount.
Every time the Albertsons Stock Up Sale comes around, we make sure and stock up on some of the foods we love. Since my kids are going through breakfast food like crazy now that school is back in session, we stocked up on some breakfast essentials from General Mills, Pillsbury, and Yoplait. My kids were also excited about the snacks I found for school lunches from Nature Valley, Chex and Dasani.
Mornings are hectic at my house so I love having a few quick and easy solutions that help my kids eat and get out the door so they can be on time for school.
Albertsons is giving away groceries for a year to one lucky winner. Between 10/4-10/19, show them how you how you stock up your pantry and share a photo of how you’ve loaded up with your favorite items, including those below, from #StockUpSale2017. Entry is as easy as 1-2-3:
- Take a photo featuring two or more of the participating Stock Up Sale products below
- Share the photo on Twitter or Instagram or at Albertsons by 10/19
- Use #StockUpSale2017 and #Sweepstakes in your caption and complete entry form
- Honey Nut Cheerios™
- Cheerios™ 8.90oz.
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ 12.20oz.
- Progresso™ Traditional, Rich & Hearty, Reduced Sodium, Light Soup, Vegetable Classic, selected varieties 18-19oz
- Nature Valley™ Granola Bars 7.44oz-8.44oz
- Yoplait® Traditional Yogurt, 4-6oz, selected varieties
- Oui™ by Yoplait® Strawberry French Style Yogurt 5oz.
- Annie’s™ Natural Mac & Cheese 6oz; selected varieties
- Old El Paso™ Shells
- Totino’s™ Pizza Rolls 15ct, Totino Party Pizza 9.8-10.4oz, selected varieties
- Betty Crocker™ Hamburger Helpers, 4.7-8.7oz, selected varieties
- Betty Crocker™ Fruit Snacks, 4.5-8oz, selected varieties
- Chex Mix™ 8-8.75oz, selected varieties
- Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Cake Mix, 15.25 – 16.25oz., select varieties
- Betty Crocker™ Whipped Frosting, Milk Chocolate 12oz.
- Betty Crocker™ Brownie Mix, Chocolate 18.40oz.
- Pillsbury™ Apple Toaster Strudel™, 6ct., 11.70oz.
- Coca-Cola Mini Cans
- Dasani Sparkling Black Cherry
- Classico Tomato Basil
- Heinz Ketchup
- OREO 14.3 oz
- Ritz 13.7 oz
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Albertsons.