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I find I save the most money on groceries with the following ideas:
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!
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.
These are just a few hints of a veteran grocery shopper and chef. ; )
Here are some of my best tips for saving money.
I recently got some generic Excedrin caplets, 200 for $4. This is much cheaper than regular Excedrin. The generic has the same active ingredients in the same amounts, in caplet form. So why do people still buy name brands like Excedrin? Because they've been trained by the packaging and advertisements to believe that the "real thing" or "original" works better. It doesn't.
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. I agree that 35 cents is a good deal on canned peas, for instance, but if nobody in your family likes peas, you'd be better off putting the money toward something everyone likes.
There's usually no use having more than a month's worth of supplies on hand. An exception is when you're getting a much better deal for buying multiple packages at once. This should be something that will definitely keep until youse it, like pasta or shampoo. I've found, for instance, that buying a 4-pack of split peas or a 5-pack of my favorite pasta gets me a bigger savings than buying just one or two, especially when I get free shipping online. And I know they'll keep until I need them.
It may seem like a good deal when you buy snacks in a huge container at a warehouse club for up to 25 percent off. But think about it; if you have that much, you'll eat it, and much more quickly than if you had only bought a little every couple of weeks. If your family is trending toward overweight or even obese, ask yourself if this is really such a good deal.
Better things to buy in bulk are toilet paper, paper towels, zipper bags, dish soap, and other household items.
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.
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.
This is a page about feeding your family for less. The food costs for feeding a family can be a strain on many budgets.