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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I have reduced my gorcery store budget by 2 .5 %. The same amount that my taxes have gone up this year. I am trying to reduce it further, just so I can keep my head above water.
Try not to wait until you are out of a product. If you know within a week or two that you will need the item, buy it when you see it on sale. Don't buy items you don't really need. Look for coupon items and compare weights and package size, not just the price alone.
Most importantly, WATCH the register when checking out. I have had many mistakes made (in the stores favor) just within the last year. ie don't get the sale price or get charged twice.
buy only what you need. avoid anything with a label full of chemicals.
I am forced to shop on a budget, & I hate shopping. However, I have learned to shop wiser in some areas. I shop at Kroger, using my plus card, & my cyber-coupons that I load directly to my plus card, for regular grocery items & meat. But, I shop Walgreens for bulk promo/coupon deals... that are hard to pass.
I have a 1 bedroom apartment, so I don't store anything that will not be used.
I use my Walgreens card, & coupons, weekly-ads, & their rewards points that gives an additional amount off from $5.00 & up.
Likewise, I am not a "cherry pick'r" with Walgreens alone. I also cherry pick through other ads & compare their prices to Kroger's.
In northern California I shopped Costco's & The Dollar Store.
Although I'm sure some of the ideas and comments are very good, doubt they will change our shopping habits a whole lot....Been retired for several years, and some Seniors are pretty good at finding cheap deals or sale prices..But we are creature's of habit also...And we have plenty of time.
Not into the yelling or calling someone stupid either..Normally everyone has something they can contribute.
As far as bullshidt about the Government or Obama, YOU are wasting Our time..
Most people that shop the same store all the time,...Learn the "Store's habits", it pays.
Make one or two trips a week(different stores), not 3-4...We try to go on Senior day, but not always.
Sometimes sales are better on a different day.? Don't stick to a losing(?) schedule...imo.
They say don't shop when you're hungry..
IMO..When a husband & wife, shop together...They have a tendancy, to buy more; Unless it is necessary because of age or maybe a handicap??
When stuff goes on a "big sale" buy it up ! If you can, or it will store...Can goods, staples, freezables anything that you know you will use up..
I usually buy about a 3-months or longer supply(sometimes 6 m.)
I go to Aldis, there are others, Save-a-Lots, Costco, Sams...etc.?
Brands go on sales in cycles also....Work it....If it will store.? Pop,juice,canned goods,syrups, sugar ,salt and spices,flour, pancake mix, breads....The latter 3 need to be stored in a freezer.
We go to the "hometown store" for weekly needs and meats; Buy when meat is"on sale" and freeze.
Wife goes to Walmart for most "pet food" and "loss leaders"...
Day old Bread stores for bread and buns...Get 3 week's supply and keep in freezer..
I go to Aldis,(or others) usually to get 3 month's supply(at least) of staples..
Raising a nice Garden, saves a ton on certain items...And most things can be froze/stored.
We also split raising animals(mostly pigs) and Chickens for eggs or meat..(With kid)
We eat very well and we also eat very cheaply for good food..
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.
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