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Thread: Eight Tricks on Grocery Sa vings
02-14-2008, 02:36 PM #1KristinGuest
Eight Tricks on Grocery Sa vings
Great Ways to Save on Groceries
Eight tricks to try the next time you go shopping
1. Watch the register. In most grocery stores, advertised sales change
every week, so the scanners have to be updated constantly. But
surprisingly often, they're not, so they charge you the full amount,
not the discounted price. To get the deal you're after, keep an eye on
the price being registered by the scanner, whether you're operating it
yourself or dealing with a cashier. Put all the week's specials in a
corner of your cart and line them up on the checkout counter together
so you can easily keep track of the prices you're being charged as the
items are scanned.
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2. Don't assume that regular-price items are being entered correctly.
After all, the person at the register may not know a pomegranate from
a persimmon. On a recent shopping trip, I watched as a cashier entered
my three-pound cabbage (39 cents per pound) as Brussels sprouts ($1.89
per pound) — an overcharge of $4.50. If I hadn't corrected him, my
family would've eaten some very pricey coleslaw that night.
3. Collect your payoff if there's a mistake. Many people don't know
it, but big chains like Giant, Safeway, and Kroger will often give you
an item for free if the scan shows a higher price than what's
advertised. (Tobacco, alcohol, pharmacy items, and dairy are excluded.)
4. Be persistent. If your grocer runs out of an advertised special,
ask customer service for a rain check — a written promise to sell you
the item at the lower price when it's restocked. Make sure the slip
specifies the maximum number you can buy for the sale price (usually
six). Ask about the time limit for using your rain check (it's usually
5. Don't be fooled by deals like two for $1. You don't have to buy
two. If the ad says "Buy two for $5" and you want only one, you can
still get it for $2.50. If the item doesn't automatically scan that
way, point out the sale price to the cashier.
6. Stock up, but wisely. Before you stash 10 boxes of something on
your shelves, check the sell-by date. Even seemingly ageless products
like tea bags and toothpaste eventually expire — and you don't want to
be stuck owning eight more when they do.
7. Weigh before you pay. If you're buying a 10-pound bag of potatoes,
put it on the scale before you put it in your cart. Many items weigh
less than what the package says.
8. Don't pay extra for convenience. It's easier to pick up
personal-care products and other nongrocery items at the supermarket.
But this stuff often costs more than it does at a big drugstore chain.