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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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  • MommaGeorge By MommaGeorge
    01.16.09  

    I always use coupons and watch for sales on Meat and stock up usually on the 1st or 2nd day of the sale..and then on the last day of the sale I do another check, but most of items are gone, so I ask for rain checks. I have been able to use rain checks months after they expire by telling the manager or cashier the items have not been in stock when I came in to purchase (especially meat in grocery stores), and I have not had any problem using an expired rain check..so hold on to them even after expiration dates!! If you watch the meat sales they rotate between pork, chicken and beef from week to week..great sales seem to happen every 4-6 weeks. I don't have a large freezer like I used to when I had kids, but my fridge freezer holds enough for me to do a good job of rotation between my meats and frozen foods I find on sale. Also, check out websites like Slickdeals.net , cliipngocoupons.com, couponbug.com, hotcouponworld for pointers on savings and coupons.

  • TRUGIRL By TRUGIRL
    01.16.09  

    I MAKE SURE THAT I USE COUPONS BUT I ALSO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SITES THAT GIVE FREEBIES AND COUPONS. I SHOP AT KROGER AND HAVE FOUND THAT WITH SHORTCUTS.COM YOU CAN HAVE COUPONS OF YOUR CHOICE LINKED TO YOU KROGER CARD. I ALSO GET ALOT OF FREE SAMPLE ITEMS FROM DEALTAKER.COM. THESE HAVE HELPED ME TO SAVE MONEY. I HAVE 2 KIDS AND MONEY IS ALWAYS TIGHT SO I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THINGS THAT I CAN SAVE A FEW BUCKS HERE AND THERE. I ALSO DONT DO ALOT OF STORE BOUGHT SNACKS FOR MY KIDS. I BUY EVERYTHING I CAN IN BULK AND SEPPERATE AND FREEZE IT. I HAVE FOUND THAT IT HAS HELPED ALOT AND ME AND MY FAMILY ARE HEALTHIER FOR IT.

  • chrissybear77 By chrissybear77
    01.19.09  

    I look for like when win dixie has their veggies in a can it is store brand but it tates about the same like this past weekend the 17th they had their veggies 20 for 10 on sale in FL in west palm beach so I went there and I stocked up. I looked for deals like that Or I shop at bj or sams for meat and then frezee them you get more for your money.

  • proudtxmomof3 By proudtxmomof3
    01.19.09  

    I as well use coupons! I live in a land where they double and triple coupons also take advantage of CVS and Walgreens programs where they pay you back in Extracare bucks as well as REgister Rewards!

  • mellowyellow5619 By mellowyellow5619
    01.19.09  

    I love my coupons. My hubby thinks I am crazy by how addicted I am to saving money. I use coupons for just about everything. I can not tell you the last time I had to pay anything for toiletries(razors, shampoo, soap, ect. ) With coupons and sales I can usually get it for free then I stock up. I wish we had a CVS and Kroger close by because I have seen some people get unbelievable deals at those stores using coupons.

  • wendygambler By wendygambler
    01.22.09  

    I save tons of money using coupons on everything from HBA items to food. We shop whats onsale, match our coupons with the store adds, and sometimes walk out of the store with name brand merchandise that we only had to pay taxes on. My friend is a couponing queen, only paying taxes on everything, and sometimes recieving money back from stores.. the night before last, we got 6 packs of tp, 9 packs of maxi pads, 9 bars of childrens soap, 10 boxes of pizza rolls, 4 bags of veggies, 3 bags of rice cakes, 5 cases of soda, and 2 bags of chips, all name brand items for 26.00 total, tax and all.. plus I got a 10 dollar print out for savings on my next visit to that store. Can not beat those deals.

  • kayjus33 By kayjus33
    01.23.09  

    I use coupons sometimes, but my store here has great sales that you dont need coupons for. They always have 10 for 10.00 sales here and its usually on great things like cans of spaghetti sauce and packages of pasta, soup and things like that. So I try to buy as much of that as I can. I always take a list. I plan out what I am going to have for dinner for that week and buy only the things I need for that, plus breakfast stuff and non food things like toilet paper if I need it or dishwasher soap. I never buy anthing thats not on my list and I never go to the store when I am starving. We dont have much to pick from here is our small town, we have a Wal mart supercenter and an Albertsons, so between the two I can usually do pretty good for the week.

  • flyawaywithme By flyawaywithme
    01.23.09  

    Coupons are the way to go. It is like finding free money. I typically save $50 a week. I make sure to buy things when they are on sales, when I have a coupon and when store is offering double coupon. What beats a free product, how about the store pays me to take products home!

  • EmilysMomBecky By EmilysMomBecky
    01.24.09  

    Couponing has saved me a lot of money. Also, stockpiling saves money. I take advantage of sales and buy a lot of items when they are at a low price. By doing this, I haven't had to buy laundry detergent for over 6 months. It really helps to save money and we need to since we have four little ones.

  • comanchegirl By comanchegirl
    01.26.09  

    Coupons do help alot but I go to Sams and buy the big bag of chicken breasts and separate them into small family meals for the three of us in my family. i freeze those. I also buy the bulk ground turkey and separate that also into small meals. There are alot of ways to cook chicken and turkey. Sales help alot when using coupons at the grocery store. You just have to be creative and it is time consuming.

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