Thrifty Thursday: Groceries

My Groceries Deals is a website that collects the weekly sales for major grocery chains across the country. You enter a zip code and then select the stores for which you would like to see deals. If you register with the site you are able to enter dietary restrictions and limited allergy information.

The search results are sorted by grocery category (i.e. Baking Goods, Beer/Wine/Spirits, etc) by default, although you can also view by store. There are options to find coupons using Smart Source and there is an option to view the nutritional information for each search result. You can also make a grocery list and it will keep a running total of your savings and the amount you will spend as well as organize the list by store. You can either print this list or email it to yourself.

Although the user interface could use some web 2.0 bells and whistles, My Groceries Deals will definitely could streamline the time it takes peruse the weekly circulars and compile your grocery list.

Thrifty Thursday: The Discounts Edition

Bank of America has expanded it’s Museums on Us program. This program provides free admission to select museums across the nation on the first weekend of each month all year long with a BOA debit or credit card, although there may be other associated fees.

$10 off orders of $60 with Google Checkout for select stores, including Buy.com and TigerDirect. This promotion is good until June 23, 2008.

Starbucks has kicked off a card rewards program. Join before July 14, 2008 to receive a coupon for a free drink.

Thrifty Thursday: ShareBuilder Offer For Costco Members

ShareBuilder has a limited offer for Costco members that open a new account before 08/24/2008.

Executive Costco Members will receive

  • a $90 account bonus
  • 25% quarterly transaction charge rebates*

Gold Star and Business Costco Members will receive

  • a $70 account bonus
  • 10% quarterly transaction charge rebates*

in addition to ShareBuilder‘s normal account benefits

  • No account minimum
  • No inactivity fees
  • Invest any amount

*Be sure to read the fine print.

Thrifty Thursday: Microsoft Office Ultimate Steal

Microsoft is offering Office Ultimate 2007, which normally retails for $679 USD, for $59.95 for students actively enrolled students with a valid .edu email address. Office Ultimate 2007 includes the following software:

  • Word 2007
  • Excel 2007
  • Powerpoint 2007
  • Outlook 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • One Note 2007
  • InfoPath 2007
  • Access 2007

This offer ends tomorrow, so grab it if you’re eligible.

Disclaimer: This is in no way an endorsement of this product. In fact I recommend free alternative such as Open Office or Neo Office for Macs.

Thrifty Thursday: Amazon Subscriptions

Each Thursday I’ll be highlighting some new thriftiness I have found. This week’s topic is the Subscribe & Save beta program at Amazon.com.

For certain products you have the option of signing up to receive the product either every 1, 2, 3 or 6 months with free shipping and a 15% discount. You can cancel without penalty at any time. The product categories are:

  • Baby & Child Care
  • Food & Snacks
  • Health & Wellness
  • Household Supplies
  • Personal Care & Beauty
  • Pet Supplies

Personally I have found the best savings to be on vitamins, since many of the supplements come in multiple packs. I think the worst “savings” are in the common items like laundry detergent and toilet tissues. While it’s true prices are going up many commenters and I think local stores would be cheaper. It’s almost time for my six month household supplies run, so I will be paying particular attention to confirm my suspicions.

The bottom line is even with higher prices on many of the common household items Subscribe & Save may still be a worthwhile alternative for super busy people or for people who don’t want to drive due to sky high gas prices.