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Re: How To Save Money on Groceries

Briana ·
I've really started working on the first one here, Melanie! I used to go out and buy more food every time I was "bored" with what I already had in my fridge. Now I try to find fun ways to utilize the food I already have in my cabinets. Just last week, I forgot I had turkey burgers and fish still frozen (and perfectly good!) in my freezer.
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Nicole ·
Meal planning is key for me. I do 1 'big' grocery shop a month for the basics & meat. Then weekly I buy milk & produce that we need as well as use any 'free product coupons' that I come across.
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Kirsten Cherry ·
I love doing number one because it challenges me and usually turns out better than expected! I had no idea number two was even an option. Thanks for the idea! I try my best to meal plan regularly, but usually end up buying the basics to turn into different meals: proteins, fats, fruits & veggies, and grains. Sometimes it’s hard for me to balance a budget and a healthy diet but I think I’m getting better week by week.
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Men On A Budget ·
The "average" household should not exceed 10% of take-home income for food. The issue that I have, with my wife and I on retirement income, is that we do not have the average income those cited financial experts are talking about. We are literally only a few dollars above the thresh holds for receiving many of the governmental benefits that would allow us more budget boosters. The good news is that we have more time than money that we can use to get to our target, allowing us to have more by...
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Men On A Budget ·
Couponing is just such a waste of time, right? I have a single female friend with multiple stores in her area wondering if she can hit a $3,000 total of savings from her local Stop & Shop by end of year. Not a bad part time "gig" in my opinion for a few hours of time here and there. ((Note: I have seen untouched photos from the same store chain in excess of $20k for a lady with a family very active with donating to charities)). I'm not as cuckoo for coupons but my wife and I do pretty...
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Men On A Budget ·
Another awesome way to save on groceries is by using the various "match up" web sites out there. Web sites like www.howtoshopforfree.net, www.krazycouponlady.com and www.livingrichwithcoupons.com all have individual store tabs that will show readers what items are on sale at stores that they cover AND point consumers to printable or online coupons, store promotions, rebate offers, gas perks for the craziest final price deals. If you're a fan of getting the best bang for the buck (literally)...
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Men On A Budget ·
Here's an article from Penny Hoarder (November) with 32 Things Most of Us Don't Do at the Grocery Store That Could Save Us $100 or More... It's title is "32 Things Most of Us Don't Do at the Grocery Store That Could Save Us $100 or More" ((glad I know how to copy and paste ... LOL)) https://www.thepennyhoarder.co...eries/groceries-100/
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Wen Dee ·
I save 75% or more shopping using coupons, bogo deals , discount meat/bakery deals and Ibotta. I rarely pay full price for any grocery/household items. Many items I get is FREE. https://www.facebook.com/Coupons4newbies/ (my website). I shop once a month for meats and main items we need, then weekly for milk/cheese/fruits/produce.
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Moore Income ·
Good points. Also, another thing I have had to realize is that when there is a "3 for $9" sale, etc, a lot of times the price per item is $3 each for the sale and you don't have to purchase all 3 to get the deal unless specifically stated. Knowing this has saved me from spending extra money to get more than I actually need of something.
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Re: Grocery Store Unit Price Codes

jenakle ·
LOL I don't typically buy my olive oil by the gallon! But yes I do try to use the per ounce as a guide when comparison shopping. The hardest for me is toilet paper...double vs triple play, how many sheets am I really getting/how long will this actually last if it's thinner than what we usually buy, etc.
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Savvy Susie ·
The best toilet paper advice I ever got was buy Scott's. Not only does it have a very low cost per unit--especially when you buy the biggest bag you can find, like at Costco--it also reliably degrades. Scott's, Hellmann's/Best Foods and Tide Pods are my go-to brands that I collect coupons, look for sales and buy in large quantities as long as the published costs per unit make sense.
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Former Member ·
Two things that have helped keep my grocery bill down lately: 1. I do only slight variations on breakfast and lunch items I take to work, so that I'm not starting from scratch every time I meal prep. For instance, changing the seasoning I use on chicken makes the salad I take every day taste different from batch to batch; or sometimes I might add cheese, or another veggie, or something but not have to reinvent the salad wheel. 2. Man, my boyfriend took me to Aldi. What a game changer.
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Sully ·
I love Aldi I save a lot of money on canned veggies, produce and milk. The only meat I have tried is pork chops and country style ribs and both were great .
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Former Member ·
I can vouch for the chicken, too! I was impressed with the produce I got for about half the price of the grocery store I had been going to.
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Gee ·
Hi Savvy Susie: Scott’s for me, too, but my wife prefers Sam’s Members Mark. So we have 2 bathrooms and it’s not a problem. 😉. I also love Hellman’s but you should try Duke’s and Blue Plate. They are very good, too. I’m in Florida so Publix rotates all 3 brands on their BOGOs, plus they take manufacturers’ coupons on top of the BOGO. How lucky is that! Concerning unit pricing: I always check that, never assuming the larger quantity is better priced. I may only save .000057¢ per each, but...
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Re: Grocery Shopping - How far away is your usual store?

jenakle ·
We live in a midtown area and have 6 stores w.in a 3 mile radius (3 Publix, Winn Dixie, Lucky's, and a Whole foods), plus Costco and Sam's on the other side of town. Numerous Asian and Latin stores I haven't even tried. I tend to drive to the Publix that's a little further away because the college kids make the parking lot a nightmare at the one closest to me lol. Lots of options but I usually go to "my" Publix weekly and Costco once a month, or Lucky's if they have good deals.
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Melissa ·
I'm from a smallish suburban town. When I was younger the closest grocery store was a 20 minute drive (about 9.5 miles) away. I don't think it was too much of a problem, except for when the gas prices spiked. It was almost like an exciting outing when we drove into town. We always had a big list of items to buy so we made the most of the trip. My mom might have gone to a few specialty grocery shops here and there, but the one-stop shop at Hannaford was where it was at! Now, there is one...
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Moore Income ·
I live in Fargo, ND in an area of about 200,000 people. There is a smaller grocery store (Family Fare) right down the road about 2 blocks from my house. There is another store (Cash Wise) right behind the office building I work in which is about a 5 min drive from my apartment via the interstate. All the other major stores, Walmart, Target, Costco, etc. are about a 10 min drive away. It is crazy to think how convenient life has become. If I wasn't adventurous, I could basically live and...
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Shannon H ·
There is a small mom & pop store about 2 miles down the road, a Family dollar now a mile away. The mom & pop store has fruits & veggies but they are not as fresh as those at bigger grocery store and prices are higher. However, my regular grocery shopping happens in town about 8 miles away.... Kroger, Food Fair, Aldi and occasionally Walmart. It's about a 10-15 minute drive. Usually, shop once a week but am hoping to make that twice a month with implementing dinner meal planning.
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Zandra Velez ·
I live in E. Orlando,FL- I have quite a few local food, supermarkets,pharmacies within a 5-10 mile radius-Super Center Walmart, Walmart Neighborhood,Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Publix, Mcdonalds,Pizza Hut, CVS, Walgreens etc...but when you don't have transportation/vehicle 24/7 or issues with your car and you need to get to these places for nessecities it does create hardship in the household buses--barely see them lol & Uber can cost you, some supermarkets--ublix & Walmart charge...
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Nicole ·
I live in a suburban area. My favourite grocery store is a Walmart Superstore that is 30mins away. I got once a month for a big grocery shop. I have closer stores within a few miles but they are expensive & I just don't love them. There is a dirty little mom & pop grocery store 1.5blocks from me but its dirty, the staff are awful & the fresh food tends to be on its last legs. There is a drug store that has a small grocery section with great prices on eggs & clearance items. I...
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SDT ·
I have 3 grocery store [email protected] miles from me . Market Basket,Shaws and Hannaford.There is also a Target and Walmart with groceries about 10 miles away. Growing up there were 2 local stores about 15-20 min away. A car was necessary then and now.
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mintjulep ·
I stick with my favorite grocer which is about a 5 mile drive from my home. Once in awhile I drive a bit further to a Wal-Mart which is about 15 miles but only if my shopping list grows to add non-grocery items that I really feel have significant savings. I've learned the repetitive sales patterns for my favorite grocer, use coupons, and plan shopping around those sales. I've learned that getting to really "know" 1 or 2 particular grocers that are nearby end up saving me more money than...
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Former Member ·
@mintjulep I also avoid hitting Walmart for regular grocery trips unless there are other items I need that are hard to find in other grocery stores. But that alone can be a time suck. Last time I went to Walmart I did so many laps around the store trying to find the non-grocery items (some in the hardware section, some in the laundry section? I'm not even sure, I left without getting everything I needed) that I could have just made two stops: grocery store and hardware store.
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mintjulep ·
@Former Member Yes, it's true!! You've just given me another reason to avoid Wal-Mart. Thank you!
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Re: How To Save Money on Groceries

Nicole ·
I am a big time couponer (in Canada) but I have noticed that the coupons are getting a little more scarce since the fall. I have a recipe box (well 2 actually) that I bought at the dollar store & some blank recipe cards (my MIL gave me hers that she doesn't use) & wrote titles on them to create dividers. One is dedicated to Grocery Shopping specifically. I have dividers for grocery departments such as Produce, Deli, Dairy, Meat, Cereal, etc that sort my coupons into as I get them (so...
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Former Member ·
Good points shared by almost everyone. Here are my two cents for young parents. My wife is a stay at home mom and we have a 13 months old baby boy. My wife saved a lot of money by preparing all his meals at home. So rather than buying formula baby foods from the grocery, if you can prepare the meals at home, I bet you it will save tons of money. Happy Saving everyone! -Sid
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Former Member ·
Good points shared by almost everyone. Here are my two cents for young parents. My wife is a stay at home mom and we have a 13 months old baby boy. My wife saved a lot of money by preparing all his meals at home. So rather than buying formula baby foods from the grocery, if you can prepare the meals at home, I bet you it will save tons of money.
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Nicole ·
I agree Sid. I made my own baby foods, pureed foods for both of my kids. They were eating very similar meals to my husband & I, just in a different form. We have a backyard garden as well, so it was fantastic to use my own fruits & veggies. Now that my kids are older, they love to snack around the backyard! Even if you live in an apartment, you can grow herbs, lettuce, green onion, etc on your window sill and if you are luck enough to have a patio, a tomato plant is fun, colourful...
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Former Member ·
Excellent idea there about backyard garden. We live in an apartment but I think the balcony is sufficiently large to grow some vegetables. I guess now I know how I'll be spending my entire Sunday today.
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AverageJoe ·
menonabudget, both your post on the 10% rule and the couponing were spot on. My wife and I used to coupon quite regularly, but then we stopped receiving the paper. Guess we're going to have to start that again. We can also print coupons off. But, we saved over $4K in one year doing that. And we also go "gas points"...and this saved us on gas when the gas at Wal-Mart's station was too high. Any time we could buy something with a coupon on it that was something that we regularly used, we did...
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Re: Grocery Store Unit Price Codes

Caitlin Constantine ·
I always check the unit price. It was how I randomly discovered one day that the name-brand raisins were actually cheaper than the generic version at my grocery store. I still don't really understand it, but hey, not going to question it too much!
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Savvy Susie ·
That is why you should always check the codes. Certain items, like ketchup and mustard, are notorious for inconsistencies when it comes to name and generic/store brands. One can save an enormous amount of money by simply reading UPCs.
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FreebiePharm ·
Continuing to look for ways to save in this area as it is the most "controllable" expense we have. I have taught myself to be more mindful of what I buy and assess whether I really need something.
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Bonnie Squires ·
For me i never drove but now my kids drive me around. But we have a store that is about 10 to 15 min away from us price are kinda high on meats but thats in all small towns i've lived in. Than we have a dollar general thats a mile away. Walmart I'm guessing is about a half hour away. Which I don't go there much.
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Former Member ·
@Bonnie Squires , what's it like shopping at the Dollar General that's close to you? Do you find it has enough of the essentials? I know DG is working to expand its selection of fresh food, like produce, but I'm not sure if that's actually happened in stores yet.
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Bonnie Squires ·
@Former Member Where I use to live which was about half hour from here they was good for cereal,canned food,house hold items. I didn't buy much frozen food there and they didn't have produce there either. It was a small store. Now where I'm living i really like this dollar general it us to be a walmart store which closed down and so the dollar general brought the store because it was bigger than they had here. This one has gas. It has fresh meat which isn't bad at all and produce which i've...
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Leslie Kay ·
Coupons, sales, specials, rebate programs...If it doesn't have a spiff I avoid purchasing it. Lately, I am overspending on delivery food due to an injury and illness but I still participate in whatever deal is going on. Doordash has the most promos. just google doordash discounts or the like. Just know if there is something wrong with your order that you can report it by hitting help on your order page and give a detailed review. They are generous with offering refund dollars for your next...
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lismox ·
I just posted about using Aldi vs. Publix. Aldi has the same high quality merchandise as Publix (with the exception of a fresh bakery). I am going to be using them exclusively for the coming months. I'm looking to save $400-500 per month on groceries, and I know I can do it. Groceries are our single biggest expense after our mortgage payment.
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lismox ·
Aldi is awesome and so close to my house. I will be going there now!
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AverageJoe ·
@lismox I grew up on Aldi's grocery stores groceries. A lot of people we knew wouldn't shop there, but they were the "ritzy" type who liked to shop at the larger, better-known stores like Kroger, and in our area Korsmeyers and Thompsons. We didn't have a Wal Mart at that time. Many times that grocery store helped a family of eight live quite well. I still shop there. It's a great money-saving tip!
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Shannon H ·
Love Aldi. Most of their items are better quality that regular store brands you get at Walmart or Kroger and cost less. More fresh foods and less processed foods will help with keeping grocery bills down once you learn to plan meals around what is on sale and available.
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AverageJoe ·
@Shannon H You're correct. I was told if you had to buy from other stores like WalMart, Kroger or Publix, avoid using the center aisles because that is where all the canned goods and processed foods will be. I'm diabetic, and the dietician told me that. After a few months of looking through what we bought in those areas, we found out that she was so right. Now we try to take her advice on that.
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Mrsmcbride ·
I love Aldi!! I even found that you can use coupons on some of the name brand items that they have in the store. We save money with our family of 6, five gentleman and myself, by couponing as well. I buy fresh vegetables and fruit but sometimes purchase the frozen because they last longer in my house.
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AverageJoe ·
Growing up using Aldi's, we had to use both frozen AND fresh fruits and veggies. With eight of us and friends to boot around all the time, we always had apples, oranges and other things around to eat after school. Of course, we had chips and the fried apple and cherry pies as well, but we were usually directed to the FRESH things first! Mom always made sure of that. We were also blessed in the fact that we had a friend who grew veggies in an acre leased lot close to our church who brought us...
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lismox ·
Like a mile each (Publix and Aldi). I'm also about a mile from Costco.
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Leslie Kay ·
I order thru Shipt and have all my stuff delivered. Or I order from Walmart or Amazon. I don't even bother with the stores anymore!
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sthom ·
There are so many grocery stores down the street from me or very nearby that it's almost ridiculous. Of course, I live 2 blocks from a major street. I love (loved before COVID-19) grocery shopping. My regulars have been HEB , Randalls, Kroger's, Trader Joe's, Aldi's, Whole Foods on occasion (if there's a good Amazon Prime member sale), Fiesta on occasion, Food Town on occasion, and regularly Family Dollar. If anything, there is no dearth of stores, but nearly a glut, but no complaints here.
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Veronica ·
We have a Publix, Kroger, Walmart, and an Aldi all within 2.9 miles. We live in a major metropolitan area in the southeast. We have 2 smaller independent grocers within 6 blocks. We have a huge Famers Market that is about 8 miles away. We shop at all of them. Aldi is my favorite, and the cheapest. Kroger is second. Walmart is my husband's favorite. We have Costco and Sam's Club membership. Costco is 22 miles away and Sam's Club is about 10 miles away.
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redcatcec ·
There are many stores within a 5 mile radius, Walmart, Food Lion, Giant, Sam's Club, Shopper's Food Warehouse, & Aldi,
 
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