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Grocery Shopping Strategies

I find I save the most money on groceries with the following ideas:

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  • I live by three different grocery stores so I check the front and back of each flyer every week. That is where they list their hook sales, sometimes incredibly good deals to attract you in to their store. I make a list of the three stores and their best deals for items I would be interested in. I shop for those items while I do my shopping from my shopping list that week.

    I don't believe in stocking up on sale items too much, since I learned from a supermarket chain that most sales run on a 3-4 week cycle, so the sale will return again. Of course if it's fresh, seasonal food, that may be an exception. You need to be prepared to freeze, dehydrate or preserve extra if you buy fresh in bulk!

  • Crockpots do wonders in tenderizing meat and are great to use regularly while you are at work, so you don't end up buying more expensive take-out food just because you are tired and hungry at the end of the day. It's like having someone home cooking for you. Use it! It's great for softening dried beans, which are cheaper and fresher than canned beans too.

  • I buy bulk sale meat and ask my butcher to cut it up into our family sized portions to save time and packing materials, while getting a cheaper per lb. price.

  • Since we don't eat out at restaurants much, when I go shopping (if they are on sale), I treat myself and our family to a store purchased fully cooked rotisserie chicken on grocery shopping day. At $3.99, I cannot buy a fresh whole chicken and cook it for less. It's a great value! I can pick up a salad or bag of veggies, cranberry sauce, instant potatoes (or canned yams) or a package of stuffing to add to it, if I want. I have an easy, hot and delicious dinner after a day out shopping.

    It's my personal treat on shopping day. Sometimes I buy a few whole rotisserie chickens and freeze them right in their containers for future quick, inexpensive meals! I place them in a pan in a low oven for a while and they are great. Good cold too.

  • We eat smaller portions of meat and larger portions of veggies as we grow older and I find that we don't miss it and feel lighter as a result.

These are just a few hints of a veteran grocery shopper and chef. ; )

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I know this seems obvious, but how many times have you bought something on sale just because it's a really good deal? You think, "I'll find a way to use this," but it's more likely to sit in your pantry until it's past the date.

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In our household, we usually plan our cooking based on what we have leftover at home, cravings/meal requests and the circular weekly ads. There are a couple of stores where you can "double dip" circular weekly ad sales.

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Armed with your list, pick up frozen food first. Yes, it sounds crazy, but knowing that your frozen items might melt, you will now be propelled through the market and out the door. You won't dawdle looking at items you do not need but might be tempted to buy.

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October 23, 2019

When I make my grocery list, I put how much I'm willing to spend next to each item. If I catch something on sale or have a coupon for it, it's like a hidden treasure. I put the difference in savings. Also, I keep my lists in a spiral noteook. I can look back to see how much I paid for an item, and I can usually tell what items I have on hand so I don't buy stuff I already have.

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February 26, 2018

Buying produce on sale and preserving it, making your own soup bases, and purchasing clearance items are just some of the ways you can save money in the kitchen. This is a page about becoming more DIY in the kitchen.

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November 21, 2016

This is a page about feeding your family for less. The food costs for feeding a family can be a strain on many budgets.

A boy waiting for dinner with an empty plate.

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