this post for a list of some prices for about 60 items.
For me, I grab the normal Food Lion brand items that I typically buy. That means milk and eggs and a few other standard items. Then I pick a filler item off my price list and grab something I need or could use.
Last night I bought:
1 -- My Essentials Half gallon of skim milk -- $2.78
3 -- My Essentials plain vanilla 3@ .48 --$1.44
1 -- My Essentials large can of pasta sauce -- .99
1 -- Home 360 Free and Clear detergent on sale -- 3.49
1 -- My Essentials lemon dish soap -- $1.49
1 -- Home 360 40-ct dryer sheets -- $1.59
Total 8 items and got $2 catalina back. I needed all of these items, though if I were one short to get the 8 to get the $2, I could have tossed on salt at .36 to get there.
Last week, all I needed for a quick stop was bread ($1.05), so I bought that and 3 salts and paid a $1 and change after rolling over my catalina.
Tossing on a roll of store brand paper towels at .67 could have worked too, as I have been stocking up on those also. They're great to donate to schools or keep around the house and in the car for spills.
Cheap snack for the kids: Yogurt. Food Lions store brand yogurt is .48, so buy 4 and pay $1.96, getting a $1 catalina back. I bought vanilla and my son tossed some Trix on top for a textured snack (though any cereal would work).
My Essentials thin spaghetti is .89 for an 8 oz box. Their store brand spaghetti sauce (26.5 oz) is .99. My Essentials pot pies are .75 each. Buy these four items and pay $3.38 and get a $1 catalina on your next order. That's two dinners for under 3 bucks after catalina coupon --- great for small families or couples.