Need ideas to cut grocery costs

United States
June 25, 2007 6:24am CST
I try to use coupons and buy on sale. Does anyone have tips to save money in the grocery store?
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@fizzytom (754)
• Maribor, Slovenia
25 Jun 07
Oooh great question! How about these tips? - Buy one get one free is only good if you would use two of the item. There is no point if you let one go to waste. - Freeze anything that is on special so it doesn't go to waste. - Go shopping with a friend so you can buy in bulk or buy bigger amounts - then when you get home split the cost and split the item into two containers. - Don't go to the store when you are hungry - it just makes you pit more food in the basket!
• United States
25 Jun 07
I do try to freeze things and figure out what freezes. I buy sliced cheese in bulk and thaw as we need it. Don't go hungry is right! I always spend more when I do. Great idea about shopping with a friend and dividing it up at home.
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@guss2000 (2233)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I've been using grocery cards, coupons and sales to save money at the grocery store. I haven't had any good coupons lately though. When I was getting good ones, and buying only what was on sale, or on special, or with a coupon I was saving about 30 bucks per shopping visit! I was so proud of myself. I need to start clipping coupons again. I have been skipping cutting them from the last several newspapers because we had stocked our freezer from Sam's Club and I don't think they take coupons.
• United States
26 Jun 07
Yes, I use the grocery card and atch sales too. I might have to check into Sams Club. We shopped there a while ago. I think they do take coupons too. I remember using some. The policy may have changed since then.
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@guss2000 (2233)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Wow, I'm going to take some coupons with me there next time and see if they use them. That would be great if they take them! SOme stuff in there isn't really a deal, but other stuff is. I'm always making sure it's worth it before I buy it. I love having stuff stocked up though. I hate shopping so often!
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@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
25 Jun 07
If you are going to eatit in the next day or so, don't be afarid of the "reduced" produce rack. I have gotten many vegatables that are still good from there for much cheaper. If things are really ripe, turn them into soup like gazpacho in the Summer, or stews in the winter. Same goes with meat, my supermarket often has "manager specials" on meat that had a sell by date in the next day or so. This meat can be taken home and frozen, or cooked that day and eaten. Sounds like you are already going down a good road or shopping the sales, and using coupons. I also try to research the markets in my area to see which have the lowest prices generally.
• United States
26 Jun 07
I try to get reduced items when I can. I guess my grocery doesn't do that often. I wonder if there is certain a day of the week that they mark everything down. Thanks for helping me brainstorm!
@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Try buying generic/store brands. There are so many items out there that the generic/store brand is just as good as the name brand items. And the generic/store brands are always cheaper. Awhile back I did a little research to see just how much I saved by buying generic/store brand items. While I was shopping I wrote down the prices for both generic/store brand and name brand. If my memory is correct. The difference was like $40. Had I bought all name brand I would have spent $40 more. Best of luck and hope this helps!
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• United States
26 Jun 07
Wow, that is a big difference! I do buy some generic but I will have to try some other genergic brands.
18 Apr 08
You know, one of the things I find most effective is knowing what you *need* before you go. Planning a menu for the week is just invaluable - then getting you shopping list from that. The problem with some specials (and even coupons) is that you can sometimes buy stuff you don't need - you might be saving money vs buying at full price, but you are still spending more than you need to! I have seen a guy buy 5 spatulas...just because they were 5c each... This is where recipe software really pays for itself. I've tried a few now (DVO etc), but settled on EzyEating...it was just the best price vs value! Jim