Best Way to Save on Groceries?

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Postby jeffysdad » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:00 pm

That's a good point, AGP, but I don't want to live in a world without real butter and good cheese (and wine).

FB, Amazon has stuff that I like that I can't get at Kroger. For instance Tom's toothpaste (in the flavor I like), Tom's deodorant and fragrance-free laundry detergent packs that seem to work really well. I can't get any of these at Kroger, but they do cost a little more than the brands Kroger offers.
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Postby InCreditWeTrust » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:29 am

Try fasting for 40 days and nights it helps to save grocery cost.

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:34 am

InCreditWeTrust wrote:Try fasting for 40 days and nights it helps to save grocery cost.


Lol.

It is actually pretty expensive to eat healthy. What a shame. I have cut back on my cheese intake.


I order a pizza a week. I'm going to make the change to frozen pizzas. They tend to taste pretty good anyways.
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Postby InCreditWeTrust » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:46 pm

Have you tried grazing at the grocery store? Eat grocery foods while "shopping" there.

[video=youtube;YEbVY8CEEh0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEbVY8CEEh0[/video]

Check to see if your supermarket allows grazing.

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Postby jeffysdad » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:18 pm

A couple times when I've been really hungry at the store I've gotten a bag of two or three chicken tenders from the deli and ate them while I was shopping. At the register I'd hand the clerk the empty bag to scan.
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Postby InCreditWeTrust » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:29 pm

jeffysdad wrote:A couple times when I've been really hungry at the store I've gotten a bag of two or three chicken tenders from the deli and ate them while I was shopping. At the register I'd hand the clerk the empty bag to scan.



That's not the same as grazing...This guy wants to know how to save on grocery cost...

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Postby Midori » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:42 am

My local grocery store (the only one for about 40 miles in any direction) doesn't double or triple coupons, and even with coupons, store brand is still way cheaper than brand name. On the other hand, in some cases, quality matters--- my local store brand's baggies will split at the seams, so I pay extra for Zip-Loc baggies. Store brand krispies are terrible, so I buy Kellogg's when it matters.

Only shop on the perimeter-- veggies, meat, dairy, etc. Minimize what you buy from the aisles... boxed stuff, processed stuff, canned stuff.

Buy in family packs, and freeze the extra. Label dates and contents.

Buy in season, buy on sale. Whole chicken is $1.60/lb if I bought it now. I bought it for $0.70/lb and put the extra in the freezer.

Take advantage of seasonal sales... butter is on sale for holiday baking, so stock up and freeze the extra butter. People are giving turkeys away this time of year... freeze, can, whatever so you can have turkey when it's not so ubiquitous.

You want bread or cookies or snacks? Make them yourself.

You need chicken stock, or processed soup, or a piecrust? Make it yourself.

My current alternate to cold breakfast cereal for a rushed morning is a nice bowl of muesli in the fridge. I cut down on soda. What do you eat or drink that is disproportionately expensive to your food bill?

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:28 am

I'm a bachelor and I despise spending time in the kitchen. If I can't microwave it, I generally don't want it.

I combine the bogo at publix with the sales at Kroger along with some coupons to support my bachelor status.
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Postby Gamma » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:23 am

jeffysdad wrote:A couple times when I've been really hungry at the store I've gotten a bag of two or three chicken tenders from the deli and ate them while I was shopping. At the register I'd hand the clerk the empty bag to scan.

I do that sometimes when I'm hungry I just buy some chips along with a drink and just hand over the empty bottle/bag at the register.

As for saving money, I suggest you do your shopping on a Wednesday because that's the day groceries have their sales.

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Postby Vermonster » Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:22 am

Shop Rite is having a holiday special where if you spend $300 before the 22nd, you'll get a free ham or turkey. Its not a huge Butterball, but it would be decent enough for 2-3 people. This year we plan on donating ours with maybe a few other things to a family that could use it more than us.
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