Grocery store savings secrets
Supermarkets play plenty of tricks to get you to spend more. Here are some common tactics -- and how to outsmart them.
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As for buying produce in the bag, check this out:
Green peppers sell for $2.49 a pound.
Yellow, orange and red peppers sell for $3.99 a pound.
You can buy a prepacked set of 3 called 'stop-light' peppers because you get one each of green, yellow and red. It's a 1 lb package that sells for $5.99.
Who do they sell the stoplight peppers to? People who are not good at math.
People who shop should have the basics of arithmetic down pat.
Anyone still believe Obama didn't raise taxes on the middle class?
My experience with pre packaged produce is that it goes bad in just a few days and I have to throw it out. I'd rather pay a bit more for choosing the right produce individually and be able to eat it all than buy a cheap bag of produce and end up throwing almost 50% of it away.
My own pet peeve on grocers right now is the:
"Buy 2 get one Free.
And people fall for this without considering that they raised the price prior to sale and why would someone need 3 of the same thing.
Not sure how this became a political debate but i'll get in on it too..... Much like any system- there are flaws. Much like any person- there are flaws..... I quite honestly do not care for either party anymore. There are too many people that are 100% against the middle and lower class that are putting far to much money in there pockets to believe that what they are saying is truly what is best for our country anymore.... They all have there pork belly projects that do nothing for anybody but they keep throwing money at it just to give there family members higher paying jobs and to have something to talk about while they are sunning on the beach in the bahamas.... However this may not be true for all politicians but it is for almost all that have been in there position for 8 or more years..... And as for the large corporations that import all of there goods so that we may buy cheap made products, well that is a double edged sword in itself.... Yes we need low prices now but it is caused by the fact that we did open our trade up so much that it killed american jobs, and the value of our own products...... Don't get me wrong-- I shop at these chains too but it is purely out of necessity for the lower prices due to my employment status because of the low prices... Also as far as the laws that are passed that so many are ranting about- It took both parties to pass them... So republican or democrat doesn't matter... And chances are that somebody that you voted for helped to pass them...... This country is in serious need of reform!--------- Political reform that is.....
I often buy large quantities of veggies when they are in season then I blanch and freeze in freezer bags, a little more work, but worth it if you can customize your serving sizes, plus if you have a vacuum sealer, buy whatever lunchmeat or cheese is on sale that week and divvy it up into small portions to use later, I find that if I do this for a few weeks in a row, I will accumulate a nice stock in my freezer and then my not have to shop for these items for months at a time. We have a place in town called Erie County Farms, sells in large quantities and good prices, lots of fresh veggies and fruit excellent prices on deli and meat. i go there about 4-5 times a year and I will spend a day or 2 vaccum sealing stuff for the freezer then all I need at the store are incidentals. Works great saves time and money, if you are willing to work a little bit at it. PS: the thing about Assistance, even though I have worked my whole life 40 + hours a week, can't get help when I needed it, (because I work and make too much money, HA HA) had to get a second job. Meanwhile I know of people who WON"T work because they would lose all the great health insurance and Welfare Benefits they get. They are living better than I am and I work,alot. Nothing against people that get welfare because they have physical/mental disabilities and CAN'T work., just the ones working the system. God helps those that helps themselves, good thing cause no one else will!
buy only what you need. avoid anything with a label full of chemicals.
I just recieved my EBT card in the mail today and I was wanting to know if I can buy Cigarettes and beer with it? My friend told me you can't get beer and smokes with the card that you have to go the grocery store and pay a little more for somebody elses groceries with your EBT card and get them to buy your cigs and beer with cash in exchange. I was just wanting to know if I can get just get it with my card or will I have to go to the store and do what he does?
"wow you are one idiot... typically you will have to find someone with money that needs food, so you buy them 40 dollars worth of food and they give ya 20 cash fool...or you can find some rinky dink middle east grocer that will let you buy the cigs and food and he rings it up as a miscellaneous product. you will be drunk and hungry so now you will be both out of money and out of food benefits. you then vote for obama who will give you even more benefits like free healthcare but ya gotta vote so they remain in power, its a secret wink wink deal"
Article: NH woman fired for not selling cigarettes to EBT card holder.
all of these things are true, however when i managed a liquor store highest priced best quality were on the top, hence the term top shelf items. also, quanity does not always equate to cheaper. sometimes the smaller packages are cheaper per quanity. aslo, when using coupons it's best to by the smaller a packages. if you have a $1 off coupon, buy the $1.25 package. you get it for 25cents, rather than a $3 package where you pay $2's. watch for exp dates, as many retailers don't and you get home w/ expired garbage. realize that the music in the stores is filled w/ subliminal mesages, so shop w/ an mp3 player to block this out. as beer man says: never shop when stoned or hungry as you'll buy stuff on impulse to fullfill your immediate cravings. watch 4 markdowns, sometimes their a deal, but not always as it may be old and shop worn. always check experation dates and buy the freshest, as retailers are bad about rotataing there stock. buy generic when possible, it's usually made by a name brand manufacturer and sold under the store's name. i could go on and on, but i have an mba, with an emphasis on marketing, so what do i know?
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