Practical ways of saving $$ on groceries
Plan your weeks menus around the sales flyer for the store where you frequently shop for groceries. If there's a great buy on ground beef, plan to have spaghetti, chili, meatloaf, or some other ground beef dishes. The same strategy applies if chicken is on sale. You can have two or three meals planned around the meat special for this week. Plan at least one, preferably two, meatless or reduced meat meals. Beans and rice or bean casseroles are a good meatless meal. Thinking ahead, and planning, is an important part of saving money.
Use your menus to make a grocery list. Purchase only the items on your list. You might need to use a great deal of self control but, you'll save time and money using a grocery list. Purchase only the grocery items needed to complete the week's menus. You might also want to consider stocking up on any leader sale items that you use on a regular basis.
Save even more using other money savings strategies. You don't have to clip coupons to save. The rule for coupons is to clip coupons for products you plan to buy. Don't buy a product simply because you have a coupon. You'll save just by planning your menus around sale items and sticking to your grocery list. But, using some other money saving strategies, you can save even more money.
Search for coupons for items on the list before going to the store. Compare pricing carefully. Larger quantities aren't always cheaper, especially if a smaller quantity of the same item is on sale. Pricing by unit (per pound, ounce, or quart, liter, etc.) is the best way to compare. Deception in packaging is a common food vendor practice. Learn not to be fooled.
Buy generic, if generic is lower cost. Many generic products are just as good as brand name items. Many grocery stores now offer a rebate program for even more savings. They make it very easy by providing online submission sites. No more mailing in receipts and filling out forms. Receipts are automatically tracked and rebate items credited to your account.
Using a combination of these saving strategies on your grocery purchases will result in maximum savings. Purchase sale items, and use coupons and rebates in combination whenever possible. If you've planned your menus correctly and followed your grocery list, you should not have to return to the grocery store until next week. That leads me to the next grocery saving strategy.... ...Stay out of the grocery store as much as possible.
Grocery stores use numerous consumer tactics to get you to buy more! They do a great deal of research in consumer habits to develop tactics that prompt you to spend more. Don't expose yourself to consumerism any more than is necessary. If you must run to the store for a forgotten item I have two suggestions. Send an older child into the store to purchase the item. They won't have the option to buy anything else. If that's not possible, take the most direct route to the product you need and head straight for the cashier. When you've saved all that you can save on your grocery bill, you've met your Miser Monday savings challenge.
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I want to make a comment on the use of "coupons." I am a SERIOUS coupon queen and while in certain "ways" it pays to not just buy something because you have a coupon you should not just pitch coupons because you don't think you will use them.
THOUSANDS of times I have had coupons I thought I would probably never use but consider this....."Would you take it if it were FREE?"
A great example--Totinos Pizza Rolls normally$2-$3 a box. Now normal I would not go spend my money on these because I'm not much on store bought convience but if someone were to GIVE them to me then my kids would be "pleased as punch" and I would have been given the ULTIMATE cheap and easy meal.
Dillons/Kroger will cycle them in their sales ad for 10 for $10 making them a $1 a box.
ROUTINELY coupons come out for these as .50/1 box. Well if your store doubles then it IS FREE. SO the point of my story is to save and organize your coupons and match them to sale ads. Get to know your store policies and use them to your advantage.
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I combine my coupons with the weekly specials. I shop where my coupons get doubled. I save my coupons and use different brands for tissue. I now use other brands in addition to Kleenex.
I alternate the brands of toilet paper I use, too, because of my coupons and the brands on sale.
One day I bought a bottle of L & P and it had a coupon for money off beef.
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Saving on groceries
I'm making a mid-life career change & need to lose weight, & with me I save more from what I don't buy. This is what I've been doing for about a year:
1. I don't purchase alcohol, smokes, soda, chips or sweets. I'm saving a bundle not buying junkfood alone. Everyone can live better with less of this stuff in their lives, & I don't buy ANY.
2. I'm making all my own food...breakfast is toast & oats, dinner is rice, beans & salad or pasta, dessert is whole fruit....very economical & healthy & I save on gas not eating out. They survived on a whole lot less on "Survivor"!
3. I don't eat meat every day, more like every 3rd day. (I substitute with lots of beans for meat in recipes).
4. I take vitamins & wash my hands before I eat so I don't spend much on OTC meds. (I haven't been sick at all since I started making all my own food, too...yikes).
5. I do utilize coupons & grocery specials ONLY if it's something I'll use for sure & it's healthy, otherwise for me it's $$ wasted.
I know this sounds like stupid common sense but I swear my grocery bills are less than half of what they used to be...power to frugality!!!! \/
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