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Shopping Groceries – Saving Money

March 11, 2012, by Ken Jorgustin

One thing I have noticed lately and it’s really nice to see, is how people are really trying their best to shop wisely in this terrible recession. Grocery shopping is literally getting harder and harder to do as jobs are lost and prices just rise and rise. I have talked to people who will take advantage of a sale on 5 lb. bags of potatoes. The sale is ‘buy 1 get 2 free’. Yes, it’s pretty hard for someone to use up 15 pounds of potatoes before they go bad. The thing is, they are not keeping all 3 bags. They keep one for themselves and give the other 2 away to family members that they know are really struggling.

I hear so many people complain about the cost of groceries and household items. They are trying hard to pay their bills and still be able to put meals on the table for their family. It’s also a very hard thing to do when you or your spouse has lost a job. Running your household by tightening its belt is your job. Step one is saving money when you shop. I’d like to give you a few tips.

Buy Groceries on Sale!

(It’s as simple as that!)

Take advantage of grocery store sales – Grocery stores are all pretty much the same when it comes to the sales they run. Many of them have the 10 for $10 sales, the Buy 1 Get 1 Free sale and some stores even have the Buy 1 Get 2 Free sale. Why do the grocery stores always run these great sales? Well, one thing to remember is that most people who go to the grocery store for, let’s say, Kleenex that is on sale 10 for $10, most times will also purchase other things in the store that are not on sale. Don’t do that! When you do that, the grocery store just ‘got’ you. However, if you go to the store and just purchase items that are on sale, you just ‘got’ the grocery store and you will be saving a lot of money.

Another thing I’ve noticed quite a bit, are women saying, “They just don’t have anything on sale that I use.” And these are women that would not buy Kleenex for $1 a box, for example, because they use Puffs at $2.59 a box. Well, if you are really trying to tighten your belt and save money, you should be switching from Puffs to Kleenex. And BUY 10 boxes of them. You will have saved $15.90! The prices of everything are going to rise. Period. It will be wise of you to stock up on things now when you can get them on sale.

Keep a well stocked pantry – Keeping a well stocked pantry with items you have purchased on sale will help you be prepared for your family meals and it will help you save money. As money allows, start buying things you use in your kitchen when it goes on sale. Before you know it, you will have a decently stocked pantry.

Plan a weekly menu – Planning out a menu for the week will help you in several ways. First of all, when you plan your menu, plan it around the items you already have in your pantry. Let’s say you want to make fajitas. Well, you should already have the seasoning and salsa and onion in your pantry, because you bought it on sale previously. You should also have ground beef or ground turkey in the freezer that you bought on sale. Getting the idea? If anything, maybe you have to stop at the store to get tortillas and a bell pepper.

Stop impulse buying – Your planning and your pantry will help keep your additional trips to the grocery store to a minimum. You will stop going to the store on your way home from work and getting impulse buys or buying dinner because you didn’t have it planned out ahead of time. Weekly menu planning helps you save.

Remember you are the one that can tighten your belt and save money when buying groceries. All you have to do is buy groceries on sale!

 

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