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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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  • gr1153 By gr1153
    12.18.08  

    I too use alot of coupons. I'm particularly fond of the deals availalbe at CVS. CVS lets you use a manufacturer coupon and a CVS coupon on the same item. Plus, the extra buck program is a great way to get free stuff.

  • donna28777 By donna28777
    12.18.08  

    When I married my husband, he was all about name brand this and name brand that. I shop at Ingle's and always buy the Laura Lynn brand of anything I can. He never knows that he's not eating the name brand of anything and when I told him, he bout hit the floor. Thats why I DO NOT take him to the store with me. If I did, my bill would probably be doubled just from buying name brand. I heard that its all the same stuff, just with a different label and for the most part I believe that!

  • misseltoe By misseltoe
    12.18.08  

    I use coupons as much as I can. Lately the coupons haven't been for things that I normally buy so I haven't had any to use. I also ask for gift cards to the grocery stores I go to when someone wants to buy me a gift. I do use a list, but I make out my meal list first so that I am only buying what I need to those meals.

  • minari By minari
    12.19.08  

    I shop at Trader Joes for processed products/breads, frozen vegetables, fish and chicken and organic and Costco (but VERY carefully because just because it's Costco doesn't mean it's cheap) and Walmart . We are basically vegetarian (mostly beans, eggs, and cheese) and have a meat dish once a week (either fish or chicken). If we lived near an Aldis I'd go there as well!

  • angelger28 By angelger28
    12.20.08  

    I combine sales with store coupons and manufacturers coupons at CVS for free health and beauty products. I have a stockpile of toilet paper/shampoo/toothpaste/etc. that I payed literally, cents for. At the grocery store I rarely leave without saving at least 60% combining sales with coupons. I use the site afullcup.com for deals at all the grocery stores I shop, plus the site is free. It does take a little work to save so much money. I spend about 3 hours a week organizing and planning my shopping trips. We've gone from spending $400-$600 a month on groceries/health/beauty/etc. to around $200 a month for a family of 4 + cat. That includes fresh produce!

  • reddhedd By reddhedd
    12.20.08  

    There is a store in my area called Dirt Cheap. It is a salvage type store. I have found some great bargins there. My duahgter recently found a chair there that she had been wanting from Target and the price was $235.00 she paid $35 at Dirt Cheap and that was in perfect condition. I buy can goods on sale in bulk and then buy my meats in large packs and devide it up. I try and buy from local vendors are far as produce. we have several that sit in a vacnt lot in our town and when it it items like sweet potatoes I buy in bulk and store. And I really try to stick to buying only what we use and using a coupon to try something new.

  • jh0816 By jh0816
    12.20.08  

    I found coupons to print and a organization where people trade stuff they don't use anymore or maybe it is new and they have never used it. I found these two things on a blog www.realwomenrealmoneyworkfromhome.blogspot.com - they have other money saving ideas too. Definitely worth checking out.

  • MaurChclt By MaurChclt
    12.21.08  

    I started using coupons and found that I save about $15-20 on every grocery trip, a much needed savings.

  • TheBeam By TheBeam
    12.21.08  

    I order coupons every week from http://http://www.save.ca/en/index.htm (these are good quality coupons...at least $1.00 off) for anyone in Canada. The trick to the site is you must order between 2 and 20 coupons....order more or less an the site locks you out for the week! Grrrrr. Another thing I do is get freebies and free samples. Like these for free Tide and Ensure: http://generopolis.com/wpblog/2008/12/21/free-ensure-drink-coupons-tide-total-care/

  • ELLETN By ELLETN
    12.21.08  

    I found the statement...."the average family could save $10 a month using coupons" to be hillarious. I grocery shop once a week and always save $50 or more using coupons.

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