I am a lost leader shopper at the major grocery stores in our area of So Cal. I try to go in with a list and don't vary. Typically I come out with half the cost of my groceries in savings, but the prices are very high to begin with.
I'm trying not to go to the chain grocery stores more than twice a month. I also go to the warehouse stores. I try to go to them only once a month or every other and when they mail out coupons. Some things are very good buys there and right now I'm trying to create a spreadsheet to track the per unit costs. They unlike the groceries stores here don't post the per unit cost of items. I shop at another chain that is not a membership store but sells in larger bulk for restaurants and large functions, it's called Smart n' Final.
I also go to the swap meets and local produce stands as we live in an agricultural area where there is a lot of produce grown. I try to shop for fresh produce in season. I also keep watch and try to go by the 99-cent store whenever I'm close by. There are some good buys but it's not a place you can do a major shopping. Today I went in and go some Epsom Salts, brocoflower and a large can of pineapple $3.07. Epsom Salts in bath will be absorbed into your body. It's a good source of magnesium, and I tend to be low in magnesium.
I've become a big fan of the Orowheat bakery outlet store. Here they carry a lot of grains and flours and on Sunday and Monday it is double punch on the the cards that give your items free. I buy enough(over $10) to get two free items when I go in and then freeze what I don't use right away. But I'm not fighting the gluten free issues that you have.
I have done Angelfood about 12 or so years ago in another church we were at. I'll have to research where it's done here locally.
One of my big issues is using up food and not wasting any. There's some good info on pantry organization on the Niffty Thrifty SP Team this month. I like that group but I'm really interested in the question of nutrition for the dollar. Or as my old boss useg to say bang for the buck.
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