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KKKAREN SparkPoints: (216,760)
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9/30/13 8:00 A

My local grocer, Publix, has buy one get one free sales on at least one vege a week. I have never seen milk on sale. I try to buy fruit in season and visit my weekly farmers market when I can.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,358)
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9/30/13 1:43 A

Befriend and support local farmers.
Research urban gardening.
Attend farmer's markets.
Join a CSA.

DEBKING37 SparkPoints: (43,718)
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9/29/13 11:36 P

I separate my coupons into food and non food. There are just as many coupons for non-food essential items now. I never pay full price for feminine products, body wash, paper towels, tp, toothpaste and much more. Yes, there are a lot of coupons for junk but there are many useful ones as well. I have saved over $1000 in three months on items I use all the time so don't give up, those coupons are out there!

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
9/7/13 3:51 P

I've found that the things I buy the most are notoriously things for which coupons are rarely available. I subscribe to several coupon lists, and they're filled with cereals, breads, fast-food/frozen concoctions, or useless items like videos and tokens for game rooms. What a waste.

I have to just keep up with the local grocery's weekly sales flyers. Very rarely I can find something useful on the coupon lists (cheese, etc). Most of my coupon-clipping is for household upkeep - cleaning or paper and foil supplies.

I'm hoping groceries are noticing us "perimeter shoppers," and will expand their sales items for foods we rely upon.

HEALTHYJ29 SparkPoints: (3,246)
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9/5/13 11:52 P

It depends on the produce but for example bag of apples are often on sale and less expensive then individually. The weekly ads often have the sale items.
I find places such as Walmart store brand milk are less expensive. Though most grocery stores carry a store brand that would be similar.
I have never used the online coupon sites but have you tried looking on those

DEBKING37 SparkPoints: (43,718)
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9/5/13 10:54 P

Target allows you to combine a target q and a manufacturer Q together for extra savings. Target also has cartwheel and a 5% debit card. I mainly shop at Tom Thumb but occasionally Target does unbelievable deals on razors, vitamins, sunscreen etc. I got a $5 gift card for buying vitamins making them $5 for two big bottles of Centrum. Produce deals can also be found at Sprouts. If there isn't a Sprouts in your area, keep looking they are popping up everywhere. Happy Saving! emoticon

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/7/13 11:30 A

I shop at Aldi quite a bit and stock up on their produce specials, which usually revolve around what's in-season. If you wait until the day the sale ends, sometimes they have even further reductions. The other day, I scored bags of baby carrots for 25 cents! Their Fit & Active brand also is pretty good and they have been experimenting with more organic products in my area.

I also have my own garden and shop farmer's markets, Since I live in the Chicago area, that season is limited, but I have a small standalone freezer that allows me to stock up. My sister has a Costco card and keeps me supplied with frozen edamame and mixed berries at a great price.

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4/6/13 10:32 P

Produce can be hard to find cheap and I live close to 3 different grocery stores with different ads and that price match if their items are higher. Thats not counting walmart, target, and the likes. Aldis does have good sales each week, selections not always the best, good if you like a differnt fruit or veggie each week. Farmers markets can be awesome when they have them and its more fresh to me. As far as milk, its not so much coupons as it is milk cards. KwikTrip has a card where I get a punch for every half-gallon of milk I buy and I get a dollar off one gallon when the card is full. Thats year round and onc 3eevry month or 2 they have a sale for about a dollar or more off. Hy-Vee, a midwestern grocery store chain, also has a punch card where after buying 10 gallons of milk, you get one of their brand free. They are alll hormone free here and I dont know about organic, not a concern for me anyways. Just shop around and looking at ads is a great way to keep track. Most papers have ads and there are a good number of free papers for most areas with all the weekly ads.

PUNKYB830 Posts: 5,235
4/6/13 9:29 P

Also price matching covers produce to,so u don't have to drive to each store to get the best deal. we have a dillons here that marks down milk close to experation. i have found that organic milk goes long past experation date. I have gotton a gallon for $1.29. I also here some of the asian markets have cheap produce. Oh and convienience stores often sell milk cheaper.

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4/6/13 7:47 P

Our local Dollar General stores sell Oak Farms milk for $2.60 a gallon and that's way cheaper than the grocery stores in the area.

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4/6/13 1:31 A

7-11 has the cheapest brand name milk $3.29 all the time & it is hormone free. We have Tom Thumb which is the same as Safeway & I agree with the posts about them being the very reasonable on produce & lots of items. If you create an online account with them, they tailor the items to what you usually buy which is great. I got a special price on frozen veggies this week. $1.29 a bag instead of $1.79:) Of course there is always Wal-Mart who in my area match prices. emoticon

RKING10 Posts: 152
1/9/13 1:32 P

Think of it like this...if you use coupons for everything else though-you're allowing extra money that you didn't have before to be used on the fresh stuff. And like someone else said-Safeway an Wegmans are a huge help to me! Also-Farmers markets can be a bargain too in the summer.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,605
1/9/13 1:29 P

You've gotten some good suggestions already, but here's another thought:

Coupons for milk and produce do exist, but they are few and far between. To help make more room in the budget for these items, I make sure to get the best deals I possibly can on OTHER stuff, such as health/beauty, canned goods, cleaning supplies, pet food, etc. There are tons of coupons for those kinds of things, so if you combine a good sale with a coupon, you can get them cheap. If the sale is really good, I'll even stockpile a few (no, I'm not one of those weirdo Extreme Couponers). I never ever pay full price for things like razors, shampoo, toilet paper, cat food, household cleaners, medicines, canned tomatoes and veggies and such. Between couponing and shopping the sales ads, I save a minimum of 25% per week, usually much more.

MOTOMOM226 Posts: 90
1/9/13 1:26 P

I use coupons for everything i possibly can! I freeze milk when its on sale. Same goes for veggies if i get a really good deal. I have coupon websites i follow and they indicate which prices are the best deal on produce. I generally go by this. I too live by a Safeway and LOVE their just 4 you program!

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,790
1/9/13 12:19 P

Milk: you can try to find the lowest-priced milk by shopping different supermarkets. You can also mix up some milk from powder (Nestles makes a full-fat milk powder that is delicious. I'm not a milk-drinker, but I use this in cereal and in soups, and to make home-made yogurt). You can chill the milk you make and have it on hand, then mix it with milk you buy at the market. Adjust it to your taste.

Veggies and fruits: in my area, all the supermakets have produce they want to get rid of, so they mark it down and put it at the back of the store. You can ask at a supermarket where they put marked-down produce. One supermarket I go to has an excellent reduced-price produce section, with a mix of all kinds of stuff, from cucumbers to berries to pre-washed salads in bags. It's right next to the regular-priced produce. The only people I see shopping in that section are: myself and old geezers. Weird.

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1/9/13 11:49 A

I agree w/ the Safeway suggestion, they pretty much have a discount of some kind for produce every week. PSCHIAVONE, I think you mentioned you live in the Chicago area. Dominick's is owned by Safeway so they should be doing the same thing... worth looking at their website. What's nice to is, their coupons are loaded directly onto your customer card so you don't have to have a printer. Also, if you live in the city, check out Stanley's on North Ave and Elston, HarvestTime Market on Lawrence and Washtenaw or up on Broadway in Edgewater, or Devon Market on Devon and umm can't remember but it's a few blocks west of Broadway. All those places have crazy good prices on produce, way better than the regular stores.

Also for milk, my regular store (King Soopers, owned by Kroger), often puts milk on sale. I don't do this as I don't drink that much of it, but you can freeze milk very easily. We did it when I was a kid all the time for camping. So, when it's on sale, you can buy a bunch and freeze it, assuming you have the space. My BF drinks Lactaid milk, which is $4 for a half gallon. The Lactaid website will often have a coupon for like 55 cents off, which King Soopers will double for up to a dollar off.

I've also found that Target often has cheaper prices on dairy products than the regular store's regular price, so that might be worth a look too.

Edit: Just realized others mentioned the freezing too, oops!

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 1/9/2013 (11:50)
CANDACEMM Posts: 1,204
1/9/13 11:22 A

Local farmers and farmers markets are where I go! Helps me save a ton on veggies. I know it's not the season yet, but grow a garden if you can. It's fantastic when you can walk outside and pick something off the vine and use it for a meal.

RCKYMTNWMN SparkPoints: (3,450)
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1/9/13 11:14 A

We have Safeway stores where I live, and they have a new "just for u" personalized coupons that you can add to your loyality card.
I frequently get an e-coupon I can add to my card that gets me $3 off any $15 purchase from the produce department.
Then I buy what's in season/ on sale for the most part, every little bit helps.
Also we have Sprouts stores (cheap whole foods), they have amazing deals on produce sometimes, so I shop there when I can.

As for milk, you could freeze as another person mentioned, when it's on sale.
We only use maybe a 1/2 gallon of milk each month, so it's not much of a cost for this household, no one really likes milk, more often than not we throw half of it away each month. Maybe switch to non dairy alternatives like almond milk or the like when/ where you can. There are always coupons for almond milk.

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DIDS70 Posts: 5,079
1/9/13 10:54 A

You can also try farmers markets. They will have in season and are generally cheaper but not always.

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,730
1/9/13 9:33 A

I used to use a lot of coupons, but now that I'm cooking mostly from scratch (not a lot of cans or bottles or packages), there just aren't so many coupons for those things.

What helps on the milk, is if you have a freezer. You can freeze milk-- I usually use about a cup out of each gallon before I freeze it, to leave a little head room. I used to freeze it without leaving the extra head room but I had a plastic jug split on me once, so I don't do that any more. So when milk is on sale, you can stock up.

On the produce-- it really helps to eat whatever is in season, and skip the expensive out-of-season stuff. For example, tomatoes are not in season most places in the US right now so they are expensive, and relatively tasteless anyway. It also helps if you're not too picky. For example, I prefer Braeburn apples but I'll eat golden delicious, gala, whatever is cheapest. And maybe you could spend a little time figuring out what store in your area has the best produce prices. We have an Aldi in town-- not the best selection, but certainly the best prices. Every week they run 6 or 8 different produce items really cheap. This week one of the things was cantalopes for 99 cents.



PSCHIAVONE2 SparkPoints: (18,903)
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1/9/13 9:25 A

I try to use coupons but have not found any for fresh produce or milk. Does anyone have a strategy to get money off on these items. These items make up about 85% of my total grocery purchases.

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