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60 minutes can save you big money on groceries

Planning, coupon clipping will cut your food bill.

By Karen Datko Oct 18, 2009 7:49PM

To some, 60 minutes may be a TV show, but to Kris at Cheap Healthy Good, it's the time she takes each week to implement her personal system for saving major money on groceries. With the rising price of food, this is something we all need to read about.

Before you try her system, she advocates three steps. First: Junk any food on hand "that A) you can't identify, B) is in an advanced state of decay or mummification, and/or C) is old enough to be carbon-dated."

Then identify two supermarkets close to you that have weekly online circulars, and also find a coupon source. She mentions the Sunday paper, and (Of course, not all supermarkets accept online coupons.)

Now the hour can officially begin.

In the first 15 minutes, scan the store circulars and write down the prices of stuff you actually eat. In the second 15 minutes, clip and organize coupons. "The trick is to A) pair them with sales, and B) only clip 'em for stuff you already use," Kris says.

It will take you another 15 minutes to prepare a menu list for the week, based on what you have on hand and what you can buy cheaply. For inspiration, she provides links to foodie sites like Food Network (we suspect that Alton Brown is her hero), Epicurious and All Recipes.

Finally, create the grocery list. "It should include the sale items, plus any other ingredients needed, but not much else," she says. Don't stray from the list, she advises. "It'll keep you from purchasing extraneous, overpriced, last-minute items that your roommate will eat anyway."

Published April 28, 2008

Jan 12, 2011 10:09AM

My daughter's friend had a job where she had to find a way to make the products look the same but were much smaller.  Companies gave too much to their executives and had to figure a way to make us pay for them.  It is nothing but fraud.

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