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I'm new to this team and just read the entire thread so I am responding to the whole thing I guess. I do use preferred customer cards at every store that has them. I've thought about the privacy issue and decided people can find out anything they want about me anyway. The stores I use the most, one pharmacy and two groceries, do send personalized coupons. Almost all could be useful to me if I don't find a better way to wrangle the price puzzle. On Sunday I collect all the grocery ads and get out a big file card. On that card I list the store name, item of interest, and price. On another card I make my shopping lists. (Cards instead of paper because I get distracted and cards are easier for me to keep track of. lol) At the same time I collect my coupons for the week. Ready to go after deciding whether I need the regular grocery or WalMart price matching (the card of ad prices really helps with matching).
I have also figured out when the two groceries do most of their meat, produce, and dairy markdowns. One is in the morning, the other late afternoon. Timing can be everything. A pound of perfectly fresh spinach for 35 cents or lamb chops for 50 cents a pound sounds good to me.





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9/13/08 5:28 P

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You are right about larger not always be better and the including not only the cost of gas but your time to drive to a different store to get something cheaper. Sodas weren't on sale today (at least not my brand, darn), but I thought about my time and effort and gas to go elsewhere to check and decided to buy less and learn to check online for sales. I'm in a new area and I can tell it's going to take me a while to get a "shopping" routine.

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9/13/08 7:06 A

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First, I pay attention to what's on sale where, but with the price of gas, I try to determine if there would really be much of a savings once I get there. I clip coupons whenever possible and I do have a store card that offers discounts on different items each week. We do have an Aldi's Supermarket in the next town and you can really cut the cost by going over there but I try only to stop there after church on Sunday to make it a one tank trip.
Sometimes, buying a larger package of something is NOT always the cheaper way to go so I pay attention to the price per size, lb., etc.
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I had no idea they died either. Yum, learn something new every day.

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9/11/08 9:09 P

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Well,darn. I hadn't realized the links would die.

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9/10/08 11:17 P

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The page linked in the first message has expired, but thanks for the good tips in your notes. I buy frozen fruit to use for smoothies. It doesn't rot on the counter, and the smoothies are almost like ice cream since the frozen fruit really thickens them up.

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I just moved. Boy howdy, is the food pricier. So, yep, I'm looking into some the outlet/warehouse type places. I'm in a somewhat "historic" town now, so Wal-mart, which has good prices, is a little hike. I'll be re-adjusting how I shop.

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9/9/08 11:36 A

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I am always price comparing when I shop. There are so many things i don't mind buying the store brand for. I will spend the extra money buying fresh fruits and veggies. Sometimes you can get food at a good price at stores that aren't considered Grocery Stores. I find that a lot of canned foods are much cheaper at Long's Drugs. Also if you have a grocery store outlet, they have excellent buys.



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9/5/08 2:18 P

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There's a couple things I do to save money. First off I am a big coupon clipper, it takes a little time and effort but I find its worth it. I'm a member of this site: www.smartcanucks.ca, its a canadian site so I dont know how useful it would be for some of you, but it offers heads up on great deals, coupons, freebies and more. I also only ever buy my meat when its on sale, I buy alot so that I can freeze it and save it for later days. I go shopping every week to avoid throwing out unused produce. Also before I go shopping I check the pantry and fridge and plan my meals around what I already have instead of going out and buying new things for meals. If there is something on sale for a really good price that we use alot I stock up on it and save it for later!

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8/5/08 3:37 P

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Great article. Thanks.

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The magazine All You is packed with coupons, so after you read it, you can get your money back by clipping the coupons inside.

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I use my freezer. A lot!

I buy meat and/or fish that's discounted, usually close to experiation date. When I come home I divide it into portions and freeze it.

I buy fresh fruits and vegetables, which ends up being cheaper most of the time that prepped/processed foods.

I stir-fry a lot of my dinner's. I like how I can modify the taste completely with herbs, spices and ingredients and have a healthy meal on the my table in very little time.

I use whole vegetables and whole cuts of meat, cut them up small and make a batch of food. I freeze portions. I think I could eat dinners from my freezer for three weeks straight if I needed too.

Don't buy too many veggies and fruits, it's such a waste to throw away. Better go by a store twice a week than toss half your things out. Also cooking bigger batches and freezing them you can save on the waste. I hardly ever have to throw food out.

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Someone mentioned it earlier but I do the same as "recycling meals".

I buy a lot of general things and pair them in different ways to make products last for up to 2 weeks.


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8/3/08 10:03 P

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I know what you mean on Walmart being so hideous.
I have been going to Target some due to that also.
If I see a really good speical, I will use my store
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Have a great week.

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Very true. If the Wal-mart here had been so hideous to shop at, I would have continued shopping there. I did recently receive coupons specific to me from the store card (not a credit card). Actually, with some of the specials in the store, it'd really hurt not to get the card.

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8/3/08 9:49 P

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I know you can save with the store cards, but remember, they have pertinent information on you:
address, etc, so they are tracking how often you
shop at that store. I have never received any
special "offers" for card holders only. After
comparing their prices to Walmart, I still shop
cheaper at Walmart.

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I used to clip coupons and did really well. But, the newspaper subscription (basically for coupons) and then the re-cycling aspect got to me.

I'd love to start again, but with my move coming up, the one thing I'm unsure about is how they handle re-cycling, if at all.

Speaking of coupons, many of the grocery stores in the States have store cards, where you get discounts on selected products. I have made decisions based on these sales and do "save" quite a bit sometimes.

What do ya'll think of store cards? Gimmick or savings?

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I am a coupon-clipper. I saved over $20 on groceries, this week.

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My savings really begin when I get home from the store. I wash and prep my fruit and veggies to make sure they are ready to go later and stored properly now to last longer. I try to redo leftovers several times into new meals. If I do make a beans and rice, I'll re-use the rice for breakfast with a fried egg and another day I'll cook the beans in an omelet. Once a week I make a soup so we have easy meals for later.

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Good article, Thanks!

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that was a great article! Thank you for sharing it! :0)

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I also break down and freeze my meats. Great way to take advantage of the sales and not have it go to waste.

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8/1/08 5:14 P

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I buy a lot of the store brand. I do pay a little
more for fruits and veggies. I go to a produce market for those. I feel it is worth the extra
money for better quality of fruit and veggies.
I read the little "cost per serving" signs on the
shelfs. Really easy to compare. I also look for
the "marked down" packages of meat (Chicken, Pork)
It is still good, just fixing to expire. I divide these into serving sizes, freeze them and there you go. Meals for several weeks.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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There have been a few discussions on this and SP has a couple of articles. For singles and couples, some of the ideas might not work. For instance, I find the single serving veggie packs work for me, even though they are pricier.

Read this article today, news.yahoo.com/s/fool/20080731/bs_fo
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which doesn't require coupon clipping (something I used to do). I do, however, compare the cost per ounce or lb, from the store labels and go with generic when I can.

What do you do to save at the grocery store?

PS The Motley Fool is a pretty cool financial site.

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