Saving on Groceries


Today’s paper brought more reports that the food manufacturers are refusing to stop the price increases. So in addition, to using coupons how can you save money on your grocery bill?

If you have more than one store near your home, look through the store fliers and choose the store with the best sale for that week’s shopping. It may make sense to shop at more than one store. I put a large cooler in the back of my car to keep the perishables bought at the first store cold while I shop at the second.

Forget brand loyalty- buy only what is on sale, at a true sale price, in other words, vote against the price increases with your wallet. You will need to know prices to tell the difference between a good sale price and a bogus sale price. Keep in mind that if something is on sale at say, 4 for a dollar, you do not need to buy 4 of them. Try the generic brands, especially for items like paper towels and toilet paper.

Items go on sale on a rotating basis. Stock up when things are on sale. For example, if dish detergent is on sale, buy 5 or even 10. By the time you have come close to using them up, the item will be on sale again. This way, you will not ever have to buy an item at full price. Your grocery bill may be a bit higher, initially, when you start using this method, but you will soon see big savings.

Plan your dinner menus before going to the store, and around what is on sale- especially for the meat purchases. Plan on at least one or two meatless meals a week. Kids love “breakfast for dinner”. Eggs or pancakes are an inexpensive meal. Pasta is always inexpensive.

A great trick I learned from hotels is to use cheap shampoo for your body wash. Body washes are $4 or more a bottle. Cheap shampoo is 50 cents or 79 cents when it is on sale.

Cake mixes (consistently on sale for $1) can easily be turned into brownies or cookies- just adjust the water, eggs and oil quantities. A quick internet search will show you how to do this.

Sign up for the store savings card (and don’t forget to register it at Upromise) for additional savings, free items, and even cash-back. It is a big help.

Using these methods, plus coupons, I have gotten my grocery bill down to $100 a week. This is low, considering I feed a family of four, and three of the members are teen-age boys.

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