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50 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:54 am

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1) Check the weekly sales flyer. Usually the items on the front page is where youíll save the most. I mostly try to shop the sales and for a few things that I really need. It seems when I shop this way, I donít need as much stuff because Iíve stocked up when the items were on sale.

2) Make a list. Include the sale items on your list. Making a list will help keep you focused and help you not to splurge on other things that you donít need. If I donít make a list, then chances are I will forget something. When I forget something I end up going back to the store to get that item and then I spend more money.

3) Eat before you shop. If you shop on an empty stomach you will more than likely spend at least $20 (maybe even $50) more than you had planned.

4) Go alone. You know youíll spend more if the husband and kids are with you.

5) Use coupons. Some people are embarrassed to use coupons and I canít figure out why. Itís like cash in hand.

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Re: 50 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:56 am

6) Buy store brands. There are some name brands that I must have. I must have my name brand ketchup and tea bags, but for other things, such as crackers, buy store brands. I buy the Wal-Mart brand graham crackers for my kids and save over $1 a box!

7) Avoid buying check-out items. Those magazines and candy are there to entice you. Donít spend 85 cents for a pack of gum when you can get a multi-pack for just a little more.

8) Check the prices per pound on items. Just because itís a larger size doesnít mean it ends up being cheaper. FYI, I get really annoyed when some grocery stores tell you the price of Heinz ketchup in ounces, but the Huntís ketchup price in pounds. It certainly makes it hard to compare.

9) Donít buy toiletries and health items at the grocery store (unless theyíre a good deal). Sometimes medicines, hairsprays, razors, etc can be a couple dollars more per item. Sometimes you can find toiletries buy 1 get 1 free, but that is the exception.

10) Stay away from convenience foods. Prepared foods can be very costly.


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Re: 50 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:58 am

11) Look below eye level. Usually the cheaper brands are on the lower shelves.

12) Buy meat when itís on sale and store it in the freezer. About once a year I pay full price for meat and about makes me sick. I buy my boneless chicken breasts when they are less than $2 per pound. All my meat is bought on sale and frozen with the purchase date written on the freezer bag.

13) Get a raincheck for out-of-stock sale items. I probably have 10 rainchecks in my purse right now. I have one for hamburger for 99 cents/lb. Iím waiting to use the raincheck for when I need it.

14) Check out the dollar stores. Sometimes you can find some pretty good stuff in there. I found some really great volumizing shampoo and conditioner at our local Dollar Tree. Later, I saw the same brand at a drug store and it was expensive.

15) Shop during off-peak hours. I get so annoyed when the grocery store is busy. I canít find what I need, I canít seem to comparison shop because of all the people, and then I usually forget something (which means another trip to the store which costs more gas and more buying).

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Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:00 am

16) Buy produce from local farmers. These are usually cheaper unless your local store is having a good sale. Check the sales paper.

17) Check sales papers on-line if you donít get the paper. I do not subscribe to the paper, so I check the weekly CVS flyer on line. (Iím looking for a good diaper sale.) I also subscribe to the weekly Food Lion flyer.

18) Try to buy your produce when it is in season. Yes, I know there are some things that you have to have, but otherwise buy the produce when itís the cheapest. If strawberries are buy one get one free, then freeze them for a cake.

19) Pay attention to the banners/signs above each aisle. Avoid aisles that donít have something on your list. Iíve been trying this one lately. It seems to be working for me.

20) Make mental notes. When shopping I make mental notes of how much my regular items cost. I know that at Food Lion the applesauce is $1.99, but at Wal-Mart it is $1.35. I avoid buying applesauce at Food Lion and then when I make my rare trip to Wal-Mart I buy 3 packages of applesauce. (FYI - Food Lion is my store of choice. They have great sales.) Making mental notes keeps you aware of what a ďgood buyĒ really is.

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Re: 50 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:02 am

21) Check your receipt before you leave. As soon as I check-out I look over my entire receipt before I leave. I canít begin to tell you the number of times I have been overcharged. I try to watch as my stuff is being rung up, but with all the MVP stuff, sometimes it is hard to know whatís going on.

22) Buy your candy and chocolate after a holiday when itís really cheap. Stock up so you have enough until the next after-holiday sale. Who cares if the M&Ms are red and green?

23) Check to see if your favorite store offers price matching.

24) Look in the discontinued or reduced carts. Sometimes you can find some really good deals there. Sometimes the store manager will make a deal with you if you buy all of the cereal that is in the reduced cart. Recently I had a grocery store manager offer me a deal on some things he saw me buying from his cart of reduced items. Usually, they just want to get rid of the stuff.

25) Freeze leftovers and use them for lunch. Iíve done this with pintos, spaghetti sauce, soup, etc. You can freeze a lot of things.

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Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:04 am

26) Look for double and triple coupon sales. If your store has one, then make sure you go at the beginning of the sale week before they run out of the items you have coupons for.

27) Pay attention to expiration dates. Sometimes you can find an item that has a shelf life of 6 months longer than the others.

28) Buy store brand milk. I canít imagine paying 50 cents or more per gallon for a name brand milk. Check your gas station for milk prices. Sometimes gas stations have the best prices on milk.

29) Keep your emotions in check. Sometimes people buy things just because it feels good. Stick to your budget and your list. If you have to, find an accountability partner.

30) Try to limit your grocery shopping to only 1-2 stores. Driving around costs money. If youíre only saving a few dollars, then itís probably not worth your gas and time to go to another store. Plus you know if you step foot in another store youíll probably buy some other things not on your list.

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Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:05 am

31) Stock up on paper items while theyíre on sale. I never buy my toilet paper or paper towels from Samís. I get those items when they go on sale at the grocery store. I buy enough to last me a while.

32) Look your cart over before you leave to make sure youíre not being excessive with your purchases. Do your kids really need a bag of chips, pretzels, and Doritos?

33) If youíre only shopping for a few items then get a basket and not a cart. It will be hard to overshop this way.

34) Plan your meals according to whatís on sale. If taco shells and lettuce are on sale, then you know weíll be having tacos.

35) Plan your meals ahead. Put your meat in the refrigerator to thaw 1-2 days before you need it. If your meal is already planned then you avoid stopping by the store and paying full price for something.

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Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:07 am

36) Call food companies. If you get something thatís bad, then call them and let them know. Theyíll send you a replacement coupon. If you get something thatís great, then call them and give them a complement. Sometimes theyíll send you some coupons for that too.

37) Check the produce to see if itís in good condition. Dented and scratched produce will go bad faster. Also, donít buy more produce than your family can consume within a reasonable amount of time.

38) Store perishable foods properly to avoid them going bad faster.

39) Shop with cash. You can only spend what you have and youíll definitely stay in budget this way.

40) Consider how youíre going to use the item. If youíre making a stew, then you can buy a cheaper cut of meat. If youíre making a meatloaf, then you can use the generic brand of crackers or cereal.

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Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:10 am

41) Know what you have. How many times have you bought a jar of Miracle Whip, but already had a jar at home? Miracle Whip doesnít have a long shelf life.

42) Try not to shop when youíre tired. Chances are youíll buy chocolate and other carbs that will make you feel good.

43) Avoid your weak spots. If you have a weakness for junk food, then stay away from that aisle. If your weakness is expensive cheese, then stay away.

44) Avoid pre-packaged snacks. I just canít bring myself to buy these, even when theyíre on sale. Iím thinking in my mind, ĎOh, these are on sale for $3.99. Well, even at $3.99 that makes these snack packs about 35 cents each. Geez, I can buy several boxes of cheese crackers for that amount and just put them into baggies.í

45) Try to cut back on your beverage bill. Filter your water instead of buying bottled. Make your own kool-aid instead of buying those individual bottles. Add your own sugar to your kool-aid instead of getting the kind with sugar. Buy generic soda. Comparison shop. Buy whatís on sale.

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Post by Diva Cassie on Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:11 am

46) Look for reduced meat sales. Most grocery stores reduce their meat the day before itís sale-by date. Sometimes I use this opportunity to get meats that are already seasoned or things that I normally would not buy. I get a splurge item at a sale price. Of course, I use the item right away.

47) Bigger is not always better. Sometimes economy size packages do not save you money. Even if they are cheaper, you need to decide if itís worth the extra money. If youíll use it then itís a good buy, but if it will go to waste you need to rethink your decision.

48) Donít buy something just because itís on sale or because you have a coupon. Sometimes itís easy to get on a bargain high and buy things that we just donít need.

49) Shop at bag-it-yourself stores. We just got one here. The stores donít have to pay baggers and they donít buy bags, so the food is cheaper. Just remember your mental notes. Always know if something is a good price.

50) Get creative with leftovers. If you have corn left over, then mix it with green beans to have another night. If you have leftover grilled chicken, then have grilled chicken salads.

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