I donít buy from Sams because weíre just two and donít buy enough to offset the membership fee. Itís way far away anyway.
I donít typically buy from bulk bins because the stores around here donít put much in bulk-bins besides dog biscuits, and cookies & candy.
I hunt ads for loss-leaders and hit the stores in the direction that has the best deals. If I find myself at the opposite end of town for some reason Iíll hit stores for loss-leaders there too.
I combine sales with coupons as much as possible and ask for rain checks.
I try not to be tempted by ads and coupons on products I donít really need.
I check my receipt for scanner Ďerrorsí asap. In the state of Michigan there were/are so many scanner errors in favor of the stores, it amounted to theft. The state now has a scanner law that allows customers to collect not only the overcharge difference but an additional fine of up to $5.00 under the right circumstances. Itís well worth a glance before leaving the parking-lot. Iíve collected the fine a couple times myself and caught many, many mistakes & overcharges where I at least recovered the difference. They give you the cash right there at the service desk, if they refuse when you have a genuine complaint you can sue them for at least $250.00 plus attorney fees. If you live in Michigan there is an FAQ on the scanner law on the State A.G's web site. You can even get a handy little card you can carry around in your purse.
I buy things like oatmeal from the bulk section. Oatmeal keeps. Plus you don't really have to get a large quantity, at least not in my area. The thing is you just get a flimsy bag. No cardboard box. It's minimal packaging. Good for the environment and good for the budget.
I'm almost at the store everyday. I like fresh food because I am a vegetarian but it gets expensive shopping that way. I have just started trying to shop once a week to see if it makes a difference. People have told me to try reduced produce items if I shop everyday and am going to cook everyday because they are cheaper. I really can't buy in bulk because I end throwing so much away that way. Grains is probably the only thing I can buy that way and even that I have to be careful with.
Oh, I also shop more at discount stores like Grocery Outlet and Big Lots. And I read the store ads that come in the mail (which I used to just toss) to see if anyone has really good deals on anything. Sometimes I'll go into a store nowadays and only buy loss-leaders. Have to be careful not to spend money on something just because it is on sale, though.
Like many of you, I find dry goods such as beans are a budget saver for sure! Another thing I've tried is buying certain items online in large quantities. For example, there is this rather expensive instant coffee I really like that cost me $10 a jar at the store, but by buying six packs through Amazon and using their subscription feature (which gives a percent off - I forget how much), I cut that particular cost in half. As a bonus I haven't had to buy more coffee in several months.
I find if I keep the subscription going on things like that I end up with a stockpile, but most sites let you turn subscriptions on and off so you can control when and how much you get.
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MMMM WInter is coming, hard to believe. I absolutely Love 15 bean soup. Make a big pot and lasts me quite a while, being only me in the house. I usually throw away the packet of stuff that comes with it and just make my own flavoring with the added meat or spices. Just so yummy. I'm in FL so it's not a food I generally use in the summer. I also dont' know where are bulk food place is? I do buy from Sams but go there several times a week, even, it seems. I live alone but Sams is still a good place to shop to save. All their meets and stuff can bring home and individually freeze, etc.
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That was a great article!!!! I try to buy from bulk bins or in bulk from SAMs!! It helps & cuts down on the amount of gas you need driving, because you only make one trip to the store!!
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