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10/20/13 7:20 P

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It is possible that they have improved since I last shopped there.

I love bargains so definitely buy things on sale and clearance.


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10/20/13 7:09 P

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MANDIETERRIER1: I agree with you about how Walmart treats their employees, and I admire you for your decision not to shop there. I disagree with you about their store brands: Great Value and Equate and are as good as any name brand, in my opinion.

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This reminds me of a commercial.

There is a woman buying Bounty paper towels and the Sparkle fairy comes and asks her if she really wants paper towels that can hold a bowling ball?

My answer is yes, I do want Bounty paper towels.

I have found that store brands are poor quality and you have to use three times as much as the name brand.

So I get my name brands from Costco. I refuse to have anything to do with Walmart or Sams Club. They treat their employees like garbage and their store brand stuff is garbage

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10/20/13 6:37 P

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I balance my shopping. I stock up on sale items, will buy store brand if it is the best value and will spend money on quality items. I make my weekly menu plan after I have done my shopping and this allows me to buy what is on sale. I don't buy a lot of processed goods and I have three grocery stores within walking distance. I do spend money on items like chia seeds, coconut oil, etc. because I believe that the health benefits outweigh the price.

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10/20/13 6:28 P

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I shop the discount stores first, then ethnic grocery stores, then places like Trader Joe's/Aldi's. I generally buy whatever is cheapest/best value unless I need something very specific for a recipe. If I can't find good quality at a marked-down price, then I will go to a regular grocery store. The only thing I can't regularly find on sale at good quality is fish. I do barter for some fish since I have friends and family who live at the coast. I eat almost no processed food, so the pizza dilemma is not one that I would have. If I absolutely MUST have pizza, I make the dough from scratch and top it with fresh cheese and vegetables.

I have two freezers, a root cellar and a closet full of canned goods--all set up in an apartment. Most of this food is from my own garden or picked from local sources.

For apples, this time of year I would go out to the orchards and do u-pick for 80 cents/pound. Windfalls are even less. I'm not sure that going to the grocery store twice for apples is really all that economical considering the time and gas involved in making two trips.

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10/20/13 3:37 P

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I always shop the flyers, but refuse to do shopping at WalMart for other reasons. We always go to the local produce store for fruit and veg as it is generally local and is 50% cheaper for most things. We also try and buy chicken and meat that has been produced locally and humanely, but that is expensive so we try and eat less meat and wait for sales. It's hard to find that balance between cost and other factors.

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bargain shopper use coupons, was never a label person. I use to work for a major label and I saw them take vanity fair bra's and put their labels on them, I'd see how much the prices were hiked up from what they paid and I thought I'll never be a label person.
You could go to the Vanity Fair outlet and buy the same bra cheap, but once they put their label on it the price tripled.

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10/20/13 3:22 P

We just moved from a rural mountain area with 1 grocery store, they charged what they wanted, it was 2 hrs. to get to a Wal Mart or other grocery store. Here, in TX, we have choices galore, so I scour the ads, but usually go to Wal Mart because they are the cheapest in almost everything. Meat we like from Costco. Produce from Wal Mart is good, farmer's market stuff is ok, the organic is overpriced, and it isn't gonna kiss you, so we don't buy it. Kroger's is good, Market Street has a lot more choices of everything. Husband is not a spendthrift, and he likes to pick out his fruits by what he feels like having for that week. Once it's gone, he never would go back to the store for more, ever. Store brands are ok, but baking mixes from store brands are not very reliable, at least to me, so I just don't buy them. Aren't we lucky to be able to buy anything anymore, it's hard to live with one grocery store, period!!

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10/20/13 3:17 P

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I'm definitely a bargain shopper. I use coupons, (great website, compares sales flyers) and shop the sales. I am not a "coupon queen" but I do stock up when things are on sale. We could eat from the freezer and pantry for at least 2 to 3 weeks!

But, there are a few things that I will only buy the name brand version of, Skippy peanut butter in particular!

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10/20/13 2:30 P

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every week I access the store weekly ads online and make my list from what's on sale. When staples are a really good deal, I stock up (Publix has some great BOGOs). Both lists are with me when I shop, so I can price check between Kroger & Publix.

I also take my lists when I go to the warehouse store. Not all of the prices at a warehouse store are a bargain - you have to know what's a good price and what's not.

I tend to buy the pre-bagged apples from the grocery for 2 reasons: they are usually cheaper, and the apples are smaller (built in portion control). I buy produce that's in season (usually less expensive, and always tastes better).

some things I insist on a name brand (Q-tips - accept no substitute!), but I buy a lot of store brands. Publix and Kroger both have a quality store brand. In fact, some of their store brands are WAY better than the more expensive name brand.

DH goes in the grocery and never looks at the price on anything; if he wants it, he buys it.

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10/20/13 2:26 P

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10/20/13 2:23 P

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I loathe paying full price for anything. The only time I will pay retail is if there is something that I really need that can't wait. Most times, I can wait because I know there is always going to be a sale of some kind.

When it comes to food, I usually buy what's on sale. I won't pay full price for peppers. I'll find a substitute veggie. I'll also buy house brands as well. For the most part, I haven't tasted a significant difference between a brand name item and a house brand generic.

After being laid off for so long, I have become more cautious when is comes to spending. I try to save when I can as well as put a little something aside for a rainy day.

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10/20/13 1:52 P

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My dh and I both care about food costs but still have some different shopping habits.

In your apple scenario, I would not have bought more apples that week of either kind. I would have bought the amount I needed or wanted the first trip and not gone back that week to see the price change. I limit trips to the store to save money. My dh would have gone out the next day and bought more apples... whichever kind he thought tasted best.

I have a definite budget for our grocery spending and stick to that as closely as possible. I plan our meals and grocery shopping so we stay within that amount. I stick very strictly to my list when I shop. My dh will buy things more impulsively. He always brings home several items that were not on the grocery list. He doesn't think as much about staying within our budgeted amount when he is shopping.

For most things, I think generic or store brand is fine and I will get that. If my dh goes to the store alone he almost always buys name brand items. It isn't even that he dislikes the generic version.

I might buy a brand or item that we don't normally get if the price is much lower and it fits in our budget but I don't buy large quantities just because something is on sale. I buy what we need and can use and it is great if the price is lower. I don't scour sale ads, go to multiple stores or use coupons. My dh will buy more of something if it is on sale sometimes. He also does not scour sale ads, go to multiple stores, or use coupons.

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10/20/13 12:21 P

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I shop as I go and buy the best products for my needs at the moment. For me, shopping around for bargains other than in food doesn't pay and I find bargain stuff doesn't hold up as well. I look for things I know I will love and have for a long, long time. This saves in the long run.

For food, I prefer name brands unless I know for sure the generic is just as good or better. I buy in small amounts to meet my daily needs.

For things like cleaners, paper products & water I buy in bulk for the lowest price.

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I am very spoiled as my DH does all the grocery shopping and cooking.....he loves to cook and does read all the flyers for the deals.

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10/20/13 10:33 A

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I'm jealous - we live on a small island so the grocery options are very limited. We shop the four stores and take what's available. It's difficult to plan meals ahead - you have to go to the store and see what's in and what's on sale. Because everything is shipped in the prices can be crazy. We can ferry over to the larger neighboring island and there's a KMart and PriceMart but the savings have to be worth the $50 barge fee to take the truck over so we can carry back the haul. We have found a local sustainable organic farm that sells produce in a co-op style. Most meals start with what came in the "share" and we add proteins based on what's available at the grocer for less than our net worth :). In some ways this has made us a lot more conscious of what we eat.

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10/20/13 10:24 A

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I absolutely refuse to pay the prices the stores want for some things. I'd rather go without.

I wanted to make a chicken broccoli lasagna the other day. I needed one jar of light alfredo sauce. The first grocery store I went to wanted $3.50. I was not happy that it was overpriced... Went to grocery store #2...same price. I refused to pay that. Went to Target and it was $2/jar. Good thing, or we wouldn't not have had that lasagna. It's not that I couldn't have afforded the stuff, it was about the principle of the thing.

The supermarket produce is universally overpriced, under ripe, hard, tasteless and has a poor texture. No wonder a lot of people don't like fruit and veggies--the stuff at the supermarkets is often just disgusting and they want a premium for it. They wanted $2/lb for (bad looking) SQUASH this summer, in the height of the squash season. If I hadn't had any growing in the garden, I would have just gone without. Apples for over $2/, I will not pay that. As a general rule, they also are horrible in quality. Good thing I have an apple tree and a ton of dried apples that I made from the harvest this year. I was horrified last summer when the best price in the grocery stores the entire summer/fall for corn was $.50/ear. It was disgusting stuff too...old and the tops were cut off. I finally found some at a tiny produce stand--6 ears/dollar. It had cutworms. Gross. I didn't eat corn on the cob for the entire year. My husband finally found some great looking yellow corn (I am SO tired of the white corn that's so prevalent everywhere) this year at a produce stand for 6/dollar a few weeks ago.

I haven't had a single blueberry since Costco stopped carrying the large containers (at a reasonable price) and started carrying containers half the size (at the same cost) with organic blueberries. I refuse to pay so much per lb when I know it's overpriced., I'm not buying it. It's just a way for them to charge more.

We just moved to our current location about a year ago. They have a farmers market here in the summer, but the prices are outrageous. The quality is good, though. But, I didn't buy anything there due to the prices. We had a great produce market where we lived before. I really, really miss that market--good quality and good prices. I'm floundering in my current location. I am converting my entire backyard into fruit trees and a veggie garden. It won't provide near everything we need or want, but it will be a start. I really need a much bigger yard. I simply don't understand either the price or the poor quality of the produce around here. We live in CA and there are fields and fields of fruit trees and veggies growing all around us.

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I shop at Aldi's and Walmart and buy their house brands. Freggies at a market. Meats at Cotsco. I also shop the dollar store.

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10/20/13 9:50 A

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There are some things I just have to buy the brand name... like hienz ketchup frenches mustard
miracle whip... progresso soups. I don't buy much processed foods. Usually fresh fruits and veggies. I make a big salad on Sunday's and eat that for lunch most days.

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10/20/13 8:57 A

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I love bargains so I shop around for the best prices in everything. This week I had a voucher for £2 off a £20 shop at our local Tesco store. Honestly I found it hard to find enough things to buy and ended up getting stuff I didn't really want to make up the £20. This wasn't because they hadn't got the food in, they'd got plenty, but it was so expensive to begin with that even with the 10% off I couldn't bring myself to buy it! I've got 3 more vouchers for the next 3 weeks but I probably won't bother to use them.

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I buy all canned, boxed, bagged goods at Walmart as well as paper goods and cleaning supplies. Since I don't buy many processed foods my Walmart forays are not big ticket sales. My local store has weekly bogos that I watch for, this week I got boneless, skinless chicken breasts on bogo, saved $8. I buy all my fruit and veges there but only when on sale. This time of year most are now high dollar so it's apples and bananas for me. We have a farmer's market once a week that have good buys, I try to go there every week. So yes I go for the sales and stock up when I find a good one.


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I rarely buy fruit and veg in supermarkets, because we have so many fresh fruit and veg stalls on the street: cheaper, better, more variety. But the only people under 40 buying there seem to be immigrants - who know how to shop and cook properly. Seems young Brits don't know that there's retail life outside supermarkets, so maybe gradually we will lose the stalls and have to buy the hard, unripe and expensive supermarket stuff. Long after I'm dead I hope!

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I buy what is on sale. Years ago I had the mindset that brand name items were superior, then I started trying store brands. I found that for most items the quality and taste was just as good. I buy fruit that is on sale, but I buy frozen bags of veggies. If it is a special price and comes in a can or can be frozen, I will buy extra. I shop at the market with the best prices in my area, and they are usually the most popular...hence the food moves. I have a company mega store that is closer, and usually empty and more expensive...I won't go there. My food receipts usually show at least a 35% saving this way.


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10/20/13 5:59 A

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This is typical of how I shop for most items, particularly food. Our local store got in a shipment of large Braeburn apples and was selling them for $1.49 @ lb. So I bought 4 of them to see if they were good. They were. I went back to the store 2 days later, but the price had gone up to $2.29 @ lb. I noticed the store was selling medium Gala's for 89¢ @ lb. I was suspicious of their quality, but I bought 6 anyway. They turned out to be good, so I went back down the same day and bought 8 more.

My wife, on the other hand, if she had bought and liked the Braeburn apples the first time, would have bought them the 2nd time, even if they had doubled or tripled in price. At Walmart I almost always buy Great Value, and at our local grocery store I almost always buy Shur-Fine. My wife cares little about prices and almost never comparison shops. And she tends to buy "name-brands."

For example, one of her favorite frozen pizza brands is occasionally on sale, maybe as much as $2 off. She usually buys one pizza at a time, even though she eats 1-3 frozen pizzas a week. She almost never would buy 3-5 pizzas, for example, on sale, preferring to buy them one at a time, no matter what the cost.

Ok, how about you, and/or if anyone else who lives with you, as far as your (their) shopping tendencies? Do you look for bargains? Do you buy "off-brands" or more name-brands? Do you buy in quantity? Do you care much about the cost of the food items you want as far as not buying something if you think it is too high-priced?

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