Jolene’s 99 Cents Store Shopping Trip 9/18

Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cereal at the 99 Cents Only Store, and more!  Let’s share our stocking-up ideas as well!  Here are today’s great deals, all $1, no coupons needed:

1.   Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cereal, 13.4 oz.
2.   Kraft Fresh Take, 6 oz.
3.   Quaker Stila Bars, 5.5 oz.
4.   Progresso Garden Vegetable Soup, 18.5 oz.
5.   Artisan Romaine Lettuce, 2 ct.
6.   Cauliflower
7.   Onions, 2 lbs.

Creating and maintaining a stockpile of staples for our families is essential to frugal living.  When a fantastic price comes along, I jump at the opportunity to stock-up!  For me, in Northern California with no double couponing, my stock-up price for cereal is $1.  Usually I must jump through hoops (clipping coupons or hoping for a Catalina to print) in order to obtain my cereal for that low price.  Today I found Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cereal for $1 at the 99 Cents Only Store.  The best part?  No coupons or anything required!  A great opportunity to stock-up with minimum effort!  Would you like a peek at my own cereal stockpile?  I’ve organized my cereal boxes like books in a library — the spines face out.  I’ve used a Sharpie pen to write the expiration date on the spine.  Then I file my boxes by expiration date.  My family knows to grab the box at the bottom right every time — this method insures that we consume the cereal with the nearest expiration date!  What about you, how do you organize your cereal stockpile?

Last week, reader Peggy asked a very good question “How much do you usually stock-up when finding great deals?”  Here was my reply, and I’d love to hear from you, too.

How much I buy depends on these factors:

1.) Spoilage/Expiration — if I buy multiple bags of salad, for example, it’s likely to expire before my family eats it all. I don’t like wasting food or money. So I try to gauge my purchases with spoilage/expiration in mind.

2.) Regularly Stocked Item vs. A Special Stock Item — as you already know, there are certain items that are regularly stocked & 100% sure to be available every week. Those items I will purchase in smaller quantities on a need-only basis. An example of regular stock (in my store) is the 5lb. bag of potatoes. However, the exciting appearance of a Special Stock Item is cause for buying multiples for one’s stockpile! An example of special stock (in my store) is the frozen 4 ct. of Boca Burgers. I knew that was a rarity, so I went ahead and bought 8 boxes and stocked my freezer!

3.) Can the item be frozen or not — if you use google or pinterest, there’s information about freezing various items. The ability to freeze an item also plays into my decision to buy multiples, or not. If you peeked into my freezer, you’d find ricotta, shredded cheese, yogurt, lunch meats, etc. from my 99 Cent trips.

This week’s shopping trip highlight was brought to you by Jolene, the  TFF 99 Cents Only Store expert! Find a 99 Cents Store location near you.  


  1. Nikki says

    My stores (soCal) had a ton of the large yogurts in vanilla, plain and strawberry and I was also happy to see the comeback of the 3 pack romaine lettuce. No cereal for me though, maybe next week!

    • Jolene says

      Nikki, thanks for sharing the comeback of the 3 pk romaine lettuce! A few of us have been watching & waiting for its return (Yay!)

  2. Evelyn says

    BTW- there is also 100 count Bayer Aspirin at the registers (park n shop location) for 99 cents. It doesn’t expire till next year!

  3. Marie says

    I Jolene. I love your blog!. I’ve been a devoted customer of the 99 cents store for over 10 years. I even owned stock before they were bought out last year by a Canadian pension fund. I am fortunate to have 2 stores in Pasadena and enjoy that they don’t stock the same goodies at both. The “old” store ( #9) goes so far back that it has a liquor license! Several times a month it carries wine from a over the world. Talk about stocking up, you should see my wine cellar! It’s usually pretty decent and if not, I make my famous sangria with the orange-mango juice which is always a hit with the friends. Today I was shocked to see however that the 750ml bottle of 2008 Burning Crane Riesling from Washington State was tagged at $1.79 because of “popular demand”! Looks like the store is slowly turning into the 99c “mostly” store. :-(


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