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Subject: Ways to save at the Grocery Store
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 4:27 PM ET
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  • Watch sales (obviously:)
  • Check for markdown meats (ask the butcher when they mark down)
  • check the back of the store for bakery markdowns
  • Buy generics (they are often packed in the same plants as the name brands)
  • Shop later in the evening sometimes you can get rotisserie chickens really cheap!
  • Match coupons to sales
Date Posted: 12/15/2008 5:18 PM ET
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Use Eversave, Coupon Mom, or other coupon web sites to cut spending. 

Try using frozen vegetables instead of fresh for some recipes.

Shop with a list after making out a basic weekly menu. 

Carry a calculator to figure cost per unit. 

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 5:42 PM ET
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Check out locally owned grocery store chains. For example, we shop at a locally owned grocery store (it's still a chain just a smaller one with fewer stores). We find their prices are much better even than Walmart or the bigger chains--and to top it off, most of the food comes from local suppliers. Yes, there are fewer choices for detergents/canned goods, etc. But does anyone need 2 aisles of detergent to choose from?

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 6:41 PM ET
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Thanks for the info...

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 8:15 PM ET
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coupon.com has some great coupons.  If you print them from MyPoints.com, you also get points in your acct. there.   In the last few weeks, between sales and coupons, I got Pregresso soups for .69 and Big G (general mills) cereal for .70, also Pillsbury Crescent rolls for .15

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 9:47 PM ET
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This weekend I noticed that the lemonade I sometimes buy for my husband (when it is on sale) was due to expire (best sold by date) the next day.  It was not on sale but I asked the manager if he would be willing to do a price reduction to get sell a couple at a reduced price to get them off his shelf before the expiration date.  He offered me 2 for $3.00 instead of $2.36 for each one.  A deal for him and a deal for me.  It never hurts to ask :p 





Date Posted: 12/15/2008 10:06 PM ET
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I can almost always find packages of meat at Kroger marked down due to the sell-by date.  I usually just stick it in the freezer until I need it.

Tonight we had a 2# London broil at half -price...$5.40.  Fed 4 of us with a few slices left over.  It was all meat with no bone and nearly no fat to cut off before cooking.

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 10:19 PM ET
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I use Grocery Game. It's awesome! No need to buy generics when you can get name brand for less money!

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 9:28 AM ET
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In shopping at a local store which is part of a small chain, if I shop early in the morning or late in the day, I find yogurt for 30 - 50 cents for a 6 pack.  It is still in the safe date and I eat a lot of it.  Also, I find the meat markdowns at these times, buy and freeze. 

Bread I usually buy at a day old bread store and freeze until needed.  I found that putting them in an additional bread bag I saved, keeps them better. 

If you like to make soup, and I do, a pacakage of 2 turkey drumsticks makes great soup, especially the smoked ones.  There is lots of meat on these and sometimes I save the meat from one to freeze and use in casseroles.


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Date Posted: 12/16/2008 10:26 AM ET
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I usually make my menu ahead of time and try to buy things that I can use for many different recipes. 

I buy meat from the local meat market, it's fresher and cheaper than at the grocery store.  Same with vegetables.

I compare the prices, and buy accordingly.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 12:11 PM ET
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I take advantage of sales in my local grocery store in the first few days of the sale and stock up. Then I go back on the final days of the sale and check the sale items that I regularly buy and see if they have sold out.  If they have, I  go to the service desk and get rainchecks for those items so I can get the same deal  later. Usally there is no expiration date on the rainchecks so there is no rush to use to use them and sometimes I can get a coupon on the same item by the time I need it again to save even more.

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 1:21 PM ET
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Don't assume a coupon makes something a good deal.  Often the non-coupon brands (house brands, generics, or just less advertised) are  still cheaper than a brand name with coupon.

Avoid pre-made meals.   Making a double batch of waffles some weekend morning and freezing the uneaten ones is a lot cheaper than buying frozen waffles.  (Also not full of gunk you probably don't want to eat anyway!)

Avoid pop. It has little redeeming qualities.  It may be cheap, but it doesn't give you anything useful for your money. 

Buy a water filter for the fridge if your water needs it.  Much much cheaper than bottled water.  

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 7:29 PM ET
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it would be nice to use coupons you print from a web site but stores around us will no longer take them anyone else  have that problem

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 12:37 PM ET
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I think the tip about planning your meals is extremely helpful. Since it is just DH and me, a lot of times I will use just a half of an onion or half of a bell pepper and I hate throwing stuff away. 

I've also found that making casseroles and other dishes that can be frozen in appropriate portions is cheaper in the long run because there is no waste trying to cut down recipes to 2 servings, or having leftovers that can be frozen.  I take 2 Sundays a month to freeze a 5-6 meals that we can eat when I'm too busy to cook. It's much healthier (and cheaper) than takeout and frozen prepared meals!

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 12:46 PM ET
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Went and joined mypoints.com! Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 1:15 PM ET
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There is also a website called www.bigcrumbs.com . When you buy online(after clicking link through bigcrumbs), you get a certain percentage of the back from the purchase.

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 9:16 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/22/2008 2:57 PM ET
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Krista, I have the same problem too. No store around me wants to take the internet coupons and finding coupons elsewhere except in the Sunday paper is getting harder and harder.

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 4:16 AM ET
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Use farmer's markets, fresher, higher quality, and cheaper.

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Date Posted: 12/27/2008 5:53 PM ET
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  I had a problem with my Walmart suddenly not taking the internet coupons.  I went to their website, printed out the section where it said they accept manufacturer's and internet coupons, and when I'm told they don't accept it, I whip it out of my purse and show them, oh, yes they do!  

    I had one manager try to tell me their store has a policy, and when I politely  asked her to show me where it said that where the customer could see it, she couldn't tell me and had to take my coupons :)    She's a snot and I don't care for her at all, she;s  definitely NON customer service and now when she sees me with my paper out, she just waves her hand and tells the cashier, yes, we do take those coupons!    I'm not a confrontational person, but they are the only game in my area and I'm learning that our hard earned money has to go as far as possible, so I'm going to stand up for myself and get that money off my bill! 

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 6:50 PM ET
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these are great tips.

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 5:23 AM ET
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 -Compare unit prices on different sized products-sometimes the smaller one is the better deal

  -Be aware that many of your favorite products are downsizing & their prices are not going down. Companies are getting pretty sneaky with this. Sometimes they redesign the packages & sometimes they don't. Within the last 6 months ice cream(Edy's/Breyers), tuna fish(Bumble Bee/Starkist/store brand), tissues(Kleenex), micro popcorn(ActII), starch(Niagara), frozen pies(Mrs. Smith's), frozen fish(VDK), snacks(Cheez-its/Frito-Lay products/Pringles Selects-these 3 are happening now), etc have all gone down in size in my area & probably across the country.

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 11:45 PM ET
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PRICE MATCH. Walmart and Meijer will honor competor's prices. Sometimes the store price is less, but usually it's not. You can get the sale price of all the stores and SAVE GASOLINE by only shopping at ONE store. We also shop ALDI. There are some items that our family needs a specific brand...poptarts, hershey's syrup...but most of Aldi's items are great! In fact, they have a money back guarantee!

I try to stock up while items are on sale so I have enough to last until "it" is on sale again. I also buy the Angel Food Ministires food box.


The above site give's this month's menu and the food is really good!

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 10:16 AM ET
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Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 6:18 PM ET
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One thing that I've noticed that is expensive in the grocery stores are the spices. Even with coupons, McCormick spices go from 3.25 all the way up to $8!  I don't mind the .50 ones but even Walmart has increased to $1.00 each.  

      Well, cruising through the ethnic section of the grocery store I hit the jackpot.  In the Mexican/Spanish aisle, they had great quality spices all under $2!  I make a lot of Portuguese food so that includes Goya products and those were greatly priced, as well.   

     Also, buying black/kidney beans, etc in the bean section can cost more than the ethnic foods section as well.   I got Goya beans, the same exact ones 2 aisles over, 2/$1.00 when they were .89 each in the other aisle!

    We don't always the time to price check/compare but this was one I was thrilled to be able to share!