There are plenty of deals out there for the extras, but what about the necessities? If you're smart, you'll seek out deals from a variety of stores, and schedule your purchases around them. You can still buy the brands and items you prefer, if you stock up when they're on sale, or when there's a storewide coupon.
The big grocery deal this week is a coupon for $20 off groceries with a purchase of $100 or more at Raley's, Bel Air, or Nob Hill Foods. The coupon is valid March 22 through 24, and excludes alcohol, tobacco, milk, prescription drugs, gift cards, fuel, stamps, sales tax, and lottery tickets. (Well, what do people go to the supermarket for anyway?!)
Before you go, make sure to browse this week's offers to find additional coupons to take with you. Also, make a list of what you need or might want to save for a rainy day. For in-store specials, click here, and enter your zip code. I live by myself, so $100 is actually a lot for me to spend in one store, that is, if I'm spending it wisely. I'll be looking through my cabinets to see what canned and frozen items I can fill stock up on, and will finally let myself splurge on pricier items like fancy cheese and espresso. Speaking of, there's a coupon for $1 off Illy espresso, which is known for being one of the best coffees in Italy.