Best Way to Save on Groceries?

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Best Way to Save on Groceries?

Postby cashback » Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:40 pm

Just looking for some tips on how everyone saves money when it comes to groceries. Obviously there is the credit cards that offer %'s back, but we all know this already. Do you guys clip coupons, wait for sales, know when is a good time to buy certain goods, or anything else. Basically, what is your grocery stragtegy?


It is just my wife and I right now and I think our spending on groceries is a bit high. We are averaging about $500 a month. I might be wrong and this isn't high. So I am just looking for some opinions. Thanks!
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Postby trumpet-205 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:16 am

* Use credit card that gives bonus on grocery
* Buy gift card at grocery store and earn extra cashback on credit card
* Clip coupons
* Compare price (often store A sells it cheaper than store B) and be familar with sales price
* Reduce spending (don't buy soft drinks, snacks, etc)
* Consider eating forzen pizza over Domino's
* Consider buying store brand product (Safeway's own brand is cheaper than Progresso)

For me, a family of three spends about $200 to $350 per month on grocery.
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Postby cashback » Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:09 am

trumpet-205 wrote:* Use credit card that gives bonus on grocery
* Buy gift card at grocery store and earn extra cashback on credit card
* Clip coupons
* Compare price (often store A sells it cheaper than store B) and be familar with sales price
* Reduce spending (don't buy soft drinks, snacks, etc)
* Consider eating forzen pizza over Domino's
* Consider buying store brand product (Safeway's own brand is cheaper than Progresso)

For me, a family of three spends about $200 to $350 per month on grocery.


We do #1, 2 ,6 ,and 7. That's and impressive amount for a family of 3!
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Postby jeffysdad » Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:51 pm

If your store has a loyalty card program, of course you should be in that. If they have e-coupons, like Kroger does, check that out on their website.

Kroger also sends me pretty decent coupons in the mail about every five weeks. I haven't used the Kroger gas discount, but they just built a new station that would be really convenient for me, so I'm going to check that out.

I buy things like toothpaste, floss, power toothbrush heads, deodorant, shampoo, q-tips, supplements, dog treats, aspirin, alka-seltzer, etc. from Amazon.com subscribe and save. I've checked the prices w/the grocery store and Amazon is cheaper (and more convenient).

I'm single, so joining a warehouse club like Costco wouldn't make sense for me.
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Postby Vermonster » Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:18 pm

Being unemployed I do get some time to look at the recent flyers. We buy things in bulk when they're on sale, like cheese, so much cheese. I get the flyer on Wed and the sales start Sunday so I have some time to sort it all out, and possibly pick up stuff on sale this week that won't be next. For my Girlfriend and me, we average $250-$350 a month.

As for the food itself, save money on frozen pizzas and either eat cardboard, or make your own. Home made pizza will cost you around $3, and can sometimes do 2 meals. Also we tend to eat a lot of "filler" food. That is the pasta, rice, ect. You fill up on stuff that's much cheaper and, I think, start to appreciate everything else a bit more.
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Postby kcarter609 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:12 pm

They no longer do it, but Shoprite used to have triple coupon days, where the coupons were worth triple their stated value. My aunt clipped every available coupon, had them all sorted in a big accordion folder, and worked for Shoprite so she knew when it was time to buy and where everything was, what it all cost, etc.

Without exaggeration, they would owe her money at the end (which they can't pay out) so she would get more stuff. I've seen her come home with ~$600 worth of stuff, usually about 10 of every item she bought, and just hand it out to everyone to take home because she paid a total of ~$12 for it. This was usually 1 or 2 times a month. It would be like 4 shopping carts full of stuff.

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Postby jlam572 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:15 pm

trumpet-205 wrote:* Use credit card that gives bonus on grocery
* Buy gift card at grocery store and earn extra cashback on credit card
* Clip coupons
* Compare price (often store A sells it cheaper than store B) and be familar with sales price
* Reduce spending (don't buy soft drinks, snacks, etc)
* Consider eating forzen pizza over Domino's
* Consider buying store brand product (Safeway's own brand is cheaper than Progresso)

For me, a family of three spends about $200 to $350 per month on grocery.


Thats amazing. Thats pretty much what I used to spend myself per month (i eat a lot). Now I get free meals here on this island when working.
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Postby InCreditWeTrust » Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:11 am

Best way to save on groceries is not to buy any in the first place, second best grow your own garden cut cost that way.

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Postby agp » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:48 am

Don't buy butter, cheese, cream, or any of that stuff you don't need. Sure they will make your food taste a little better but

1. They are very unhealthy
2. They are expensive

If you HAVE TO eat cheese, fine, stick with generic cheese, nothing from gourmet stores.

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:32 am

jeffysdad wrote:If your store has a loyalty card program, of course you should be in that. If they have e-coupons, like Kroger does, check that out on their website.

Kroger also sends me pretty decent coupons in the mail about every five weeks. I haven't used the Kroger gas discount, but they just built a new station that would be really convenient for me, so I'm going to check that out.

I buy things like toothpaste, floss, power toothbrush heads, deodorant, shampoo, q-tips, supplements, dog treats, aspirin, alka-seltzer, etc. from Amazon.com subscribe and save. I've checked the prices w/the grocery store and Amazon is cheaper (and more convenient).

I'm single, so joining a warehouse club like Costco wouldn't make sense for me.



I agree with all that you posted. I tend to buy toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant from Kroger wihen they have them 10 for 10 dollars. I have found that Amazon seems to be a bit more expensive for those products. I'm going to look again to see if I'm missing something.
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