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Saving More at the Supermarket

Saving More at the Supermarket

There are lots of things we can cut back on when trying to save a few bucks, but when it comes to buying groceries many of us are left gasping at the bill after checking out.  We have to eat right?  With rising costs of food these days and soaring unemployment rates it is really important that we all learn how to be savvy shoppers.

And many of us have already become a lot better at finding deals that will save a small bundle each week.  Shoppers are taking advantage of websites that offer coupons for everything from laptop computers to breakfast cereal.  According to the Indiana News and Tribune, 89 percent of the U.S. population uses coupons.  The traffic on sites like EverSave.com and RetailMeNot.com grows higher as the economy sinks lower.  On average, a family could save close to $10 a month on groceries by using coupons. 

Aside from saving with coupons you can find on websites and in newspapers a recent article from CNN also offered some great ways to save at the grocery store.

A great way to get more value for your dollar is to buy in bulk.  Bulk items are almost always much cheaper than individual products.  Things like toilet paper and paper towels should always be purchased in bulk since you know you will use them and they will not spoil.  Stay away from deals on perishables like milk, eggs and produce that will go bad before you can eat them.

Buying the store brand item over a name brand can also help you save quite a bit.  The ingredients and taste are often similar if not identical.  The only noticeable difference is usually the cost

CNN reports about a blind taste test conducted by supermarket expert Phil Lempert.  The test showed that with items like cereal, potato chips, and ginger ale a big percentage of shoppers either could not tell the difference or actually preferred the generic brand.

Making a list may not always be the answer to avoiding impulse shopping.  Robyn Moreno, consumer editor of Women’s Day, told CNN that shoppers with lists spend over 40 percent more than those who shop list-free.  This doesn’t mean you should forget the list all together.  Just think of the shopping list as less of a “wish list” and more as an economically planned list focused around menus for you and your family. 

For a complete list of CNN’s tips you can visit: http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/personal/07/09/food.bill/index.html


What do you think of the tips offered above on how to save at the grocery store?

Have you figured out a unique way to save more on groceries?
 

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  • TraceyS By TraceyS
    12.13.08  

    I generally save 10% or more every shopping trip by using coupons. Plus, and this is probably "cheating", but my local grocery store has these No Coupon $10 off Thursdays. If you spend $50 or more you automatically get $10 off (before any coupons- so it adds up!) But the way I cheat is, since I only shop every 2 weeks I usually spend over $100-$150, so I do "trips". I buy my non-perishables first, check out, get the $10 off, load into car then go back for a second trip for the refrigerated and frozen foods so that I get another $10 off. Those Thursdays save me about $40 to $50 a month beesides what I save from coupons.

  • am_i_lost By am_i_lost
    12.13.08  

    I don't mean to brag but my family calls me the "Coupon Queen". I use coupons, watch for sales and yes, you do have to read the fine print and comparitive shop to make sure it is a savings. Just last week I was in Sears to get a Christmas gift. I was looking to spend $50 for the gift/gifts for our son. My husband found a wrench set that he wanted on sale for $39.99 and then a cutting tool for $9.99. I thought great! I have a $5 coupon I printed! And a Craftmens Club Card!! Then I asked; "What did you do with those gift cards I gave you that I received for taking tose on-line surveys?" He still had them in his wallet!! It still gets better....there was also a $10 mail-in rebate on the wrench set!!! So, all together $5 off coupon, $10 GC, $5 GC, $3 Craftsmen Club Card Disc., and I'll be getting a $10 rebate in the mail!!! After the rebate; grand total $20.23!!!

  • bufflady By bufflady
    12.13.08  

    my store doubles coupons up to 99 cents - i save $15-$30 per trip. i found sites on line where i can trade coupons that i dont need for those i do . It really makes a huge difference !

  • musicismybf By musicismybf
    12.14.08  

    I usually like to find a bunch of coupon offers because with the economy now they're EVERYWHERE. In the newspaper on the product's website, etc. It's really great because these companies want to help you, because they want you to buy their products. Although I don't use a lot of coupons I do also like to wait and I a lot of times--wait for it-- buy generic. Some people find generic products to be low-quality but I dont think all generic products are like that. I admit, I do love my Target, and you could never pry me away from there, but sometimes I fess that I do need to cut back on spending, especially since I am a student and I do have other expenses to pay for. So really, a "unique way" to save money on groceries that some people haven't found out yet: BUY WHAT YOU NEED AND NOTHING ELSE.

  • jamiesmom By jamiesmom
    12.16.08  

    I use coupons and buy store brands but meat costs are hard to cut. So I started trying a few new recipes that can really stretch your meat budget. Last night I made a box of Uncle Ben's wild rice (the mushroom one) and had my hubby grill a steak (just one). I sliced the steak into thin strips and served over the rice. And the $1 off coupon for the rice made the meal even cheaper. I've also found that if I freeze left overs for the next week, we're more likely to eat them than if I just stick them in the fridge. I also freeze bread (not sandwich type but italian or fenchbread works great). I buy the loaves that are day old and 40% off. When I get home, i slice it and stick in a freezer bag. I pull it out as I need it, wrap in foil, and stick it in the oven. No more moldy bread tossed in the trash.

  • deletion By deletion
    12.16.08  

    Check out www.thegrocerygame.com. I've cut my grocery bills in half using this system.

  • elisi989 By elisi989
    12.17.08  

    I just started using coupons myself and am truly amazed at how much you can save. The sercret is only buy what you normally buy. Buying something that you don't usually buy just because you have a good coupon is not a savings on your bill. I learned this quite quickly, I think the first time out with a handful of great coupons lol. I love store brands, I've found that in most cases they are exactly the same as name brands. As far as meat goes, since there are only two of us, I'll buy a large family size package and split it up when I get home and freeze, and of course when there is a good sale I'll buy a lot and freeze.

  • natcoleandliamsmom By natcoleandliamsmom
    12.17.08  

    Yes, I agree with lorelei999, this website is a lifesaver!!!

  • jennifer12885 By jennifer12885
    12.17.08  

    i hate going food shoping i ahve a family of 4 and i spend about 600a month on food

  • rugzyschick By rugzyschick
    12.18.08  

    coupons, coupons, coupons. I usually use coupons and alot of the time i use coupons when things go on sale, and then stock up.

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