Friday, March 22, 2013

Saving on Passover food


Passover food is really expensive. But there are ways to save on it!
  • Look for price and buy one, get one free sales on Passover items.  Publix in my area is particularly good about having some of the typical Passover foods on sale each year.
  • Don't buy too much!  Plan all of your meals for the eight-day holiday and figure out exactly how much matzah, matzah meal, cake meal, and other ingredients that you'll need.  Then only buy that amount.
  • Eat more meals depending on potatoes and vegetables, and less on matzah and expensive cuts of meat.
  • Bake from scratch instead of using expensive mixes for Passover cakes and muffins.  There are tons of recipes on the Internet - just do some searching and you'll find lots of possibilities.  Here are some budget Passover recipes of mine.
  • If during the year you receive some grocery gift cards, don't spend them right away - instead, leave them for Passover time and use them then.
  • Remember, you can use dollars-off coupons, such as $5 off a purchase of $50 or more, to save!
I did my Passover shopping over the last few days.  Besides my weekly Publix shopping, here's what I got:

Winn-Dixie:
1 Passover cake meal @ $3.50
1 Kedem grape juice @ $2.50
1 Savion salad dressing @ $2.59
1 Osem chocolate covered matzah @ $4.99
2 Yehuda gefilte fish @ $5.49 = $10.98
1 Savion marshmallows @ $1.99

Tax: 21¢
Total product: $26.76
Pay with $25 Winn-Dixie gift card (received for hosting a giveaway)

Total out of pocket: $1.76

Publix:
1 5.16 lb turkey breast @ $5.49/lb = $28.34
1 Streit's farfel @ $4.99
2 Streit's egg matzah @ $2.50 = $5.00
4 Manischewitz matzah meal @ $3.50 = $14.00
1 5-lb King David Matzah @ $6.99

- $5 off $50 Doris Italian Market coupon

Total product after coupon:  $54.32
Pay with $50 in Publix gift cards (received for hosting giveaways)

Total out of pocket: $4.32

Kosher Marketplace:
1 4.50 lb chuck round @ $4.99/lb = $22.46
1 5.10 lb chicken cutlets @ $5.49/lb = $28.00
1 Blanchard salad dressing @ $3.99
3 Oneg chocolate chips @ $2.99 = $8.97

Total out of pocket: $63.42 (no gift cards here)


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