Thursday, August 14, 2008

A penny saved is a penny earned...

Have you ever been to the *Salt Lake County Fair? I have to say, I was really expecting it to be a bit... bigger? We live in a seriously beautiful farming state after all! (Well at least compared to Maryland, whose Montgomery County Fair was at LEAST ten times bigger than this one.) I guess you could pretty safely say that I was a tad disappointed!

There was however, ONE redeeming quality to this fair that made the entire morning worthwhile, (at least in my eyes), and that was getting to meet and listen to THE GROCERY GURU :)

If you don't know who The Grocery Guru is, then you either don't live in Utah, or you don't like to save money... this guy is seriously awesome! He has my dream job... he takes about 100 people shopping each week (in groups of 4-6) and shows them how they can cut their grocery bill by at least 50% by shopping the sales combined with coupons. (Now bear in mind here, that the primary purpose here is to save money, not to eat super-healthy, so you are not going to be buying a whole lot of fresh fruit and veggies on your trip with him, but you CAN build up your food store a bit.)

Well the fair was almost two weeks ago, so why am I writing about it now you ask????

Because TODAY I went shopping with Ken! (No his given name is not really "The Grocery Guru", shocking isn't it?) All you have to do is call him on a Friday afternoon and leave him a message letting him know what area you live in and he will call you back on Monday letting you know when and where he will be in your area that week. You don't have to bring a thing... (he cuts all the coupons out for you)... all you have to do is show up, fill your basket with the things he tells you to, (leaving out anything you don't want or wouldn't use), and pay for it all at the end.

I got about $140 dollars worth of groceries and by the end of it all, it cost me about $38 plus tax. (That is a 72% savings off of the shelf prices.)

That did include ten dollars worth of boneless, skinless chicken breast which I usually stock up on and get a bit cheaper when Smith's has their frozen bags on half price. It also included 8, yes I said 8 boxes of Fiber One bars, which are not my favorite thing to buy, (if you lived with my two boys, you would feel the same way), but all in all, it was a most excellent adventure!

Thank you Mr. Grocery Guru. You are the man!!!!
(If YOU want to shop with The Grocery Guru, or just find out more about his program, click here !)

(*Note: Word on the street is that there are other fairs during the Summer in Utah that are much better than this one... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!)

1 comment:

MaryBeth said...

Petra, I am seriously cracking up at this post. I can just imagine you being almost too giddy to even speak to this grocery mini god :)