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Frugal Tips for Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is not as economical here in Canada, you do far less with coupons, and have to rely on wildly fluctuating prices. I buy only when on special and always buy at least four. I buy the largest sizes (more economical) and keep an eye on your pantry.

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The only things here that are always the same are fresh milk and eggs. Eggs can be gotten at the local supplier cheaper. A great way to save on milk is a recipe for do it yourselfers: one cup powdered milk, one half cup of canned milk (buy it on sale) and 4 cups water. Mix well, chill overnight and no difference except the budget.

Buy dry goods in bulk, and store brands are very good quality and price. On extremely rare occasions, I have to pay full price, and am always mortified at the cost difference! Also the local bakery outlet is good to have on your to-do list; you save a bundle on rolls and bread. Of course, look for instore specials, and never pass a bulk Barn or a Dollar Store!

With a little practice, you can cut your food bills by one third to one half. Also, your dishwasher and washing machine do not require as much soap as the manufacturer says; and cold water is fine for clothes.

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By Deborahann from East Margaree, Nova Scotia

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