RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Food packaging is getting smaller while the price of groceries keeps going up, but there's one particular deal that can fill your pantry with food you'll be eating all year long.

It's the Food Lion Super Sale, and it's one of my favorites of the year. For every store-brand product you buy, you will get a quarter back in the form of a catalina coupon. You can use that coupon on your next shopping trip.

You have to buy at least four items to get the catalina. If you bought four products, you'd get a dollar coupon. If you buy 40, then you get $10 off your next order.

Food lion has over 3500 products that qualify, so there's plenty to choose from. Ideally, you want to start with the cheapest product. Each bottle of "My Essentials" water is only 27 cents. If you start with 40 of these, you'll pay $11.34 and get back a $10 catalina.

In this trip, I bought 18 waters, 18 cans of "My Essentials" diet soda and four containers of salt. The sodas are 33 cents, the salt is 43. My total was $12.58. Use the $10 catalina from my first trip and I only pay $2.58 for 40 products and receive another $10 coupon for next time.

Don't forget to sign up for flips - Food Lion Internet Printables. Last week, I got $1 off a $5 purchase - used it to buy 32 yogurts and eight 2-liters of soda for a little more than $11. Scan your MVP card at the kiosk to receive store-brand coupons that increase your savings.

My last trip consisted of canned vegetables, sandwich bags, a case of burritos and tuna fish. 40 things I need and will use that only cost $11.38. Plus, I have another $10 to do it again.

Only one catalina can be used per day. These cannot be used to buy alcohol, tobacco gift cards or stamps. The sale runs through January 29.

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