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  • I like to make a grocery list from the Sunday newspaper ads. Then I go to the pantry and the freezer to see what I have. We both need non- drippy non-souplike lunches, He eats while he drives, I eat in a quick lunch few minutes. Have to go to the employee lunch room, eat, restroom, and walk back to work station all in 20 minutes. So I bake protein bar types, make veggie egg crustless quieches, DH take sandwiches and home mede cookies. We try to do oat based breakfasts and really good dinners. We also shop for manager specials, end of date specials, store brands. When I can, I go to the local produce market (not really local) for better prices, and a chance at baskets of produce nearing end date. Great for soups and one pot meals that we have for dinners.
    I wanted to start shopping at local farmer's vendors, but they were more expensive than Kroger! I love fresh local produce, but I need to save money too.
  • Living just a mile from the nearest Kroger store, we shop every afternoon for Manager's Markdowns - items that are going off date the next day & are usually 50% of the full price. It lets us eat very well on a budget.
  • We are saving big right now by my creating meals from what we have on hand. Hubby and I purchase items when they are cheap, and sometimes we get too much in the pantry. It's fun and challenging creating healthy combos while keeping the week's grocery shopping to a bare minimum!
  • Don't just make a weekly menu, take time to make a monthly menu and do one big shop. It really does save my family at least $200 when we do. Also, while going shopping on your own is a great idea on paper, it rarely works for most busy families. Have your kids help you shop. try to make it a game for them. The 99 cent store is a great place for in season fruits and veggies. Try to check there once or twice a week for great bargains.
    Couponing is the next best thing to getting what you want for free. It takes a little while to learn, but the end result is that you can save big. Remember that if you don't want some items that you can get for nearly nothing you can always donate them to your nearest food bank.
    I find that while bargain shopping can take more time and effort, it is so worth it. I also have the added advantage of shopping at a commissary, so that often saves me tons more money because they will have case sales, other coupons, and other deals, plus no taxes. In this economy we can save and not compromise on our health!
    Last night I went to a country store where the prices were way to high. Well, I went to get some meat. Guess, I'd best stick to tofu. Plus, I,m learning about egg whites being good for us to. I like french toast and eggs and cheese in the microwave. Then there is beans. Good to.
  • My family always compared prices at different supermarkets and buy things when they are on sale. And instead of buying things when they ran out, we buy things when we get good bargain. Sometimes, I'll be the human-calculator, have to calculate and remember different prices from different stores for my mother, haha.
  • Tofu is also a cheap alternative to meat. One package of organic tofu is $1.69 at my grocery store while a pound of organic beef is $6+
    I also have a calculator in my purse so I can check to see whether or not using a coupon &/or the sale IS actually cheaper or not than another (house or generic) brand. Sometimes it's NOT! I think that "modern" grocery shopping is as entailed & as hard of work as "hunting & gathering" used to be! But I'm proud of the "steals" I make & always tell my husband (& daughter & mother) about the best ones! It's fun for me.
    In our city, we are blessed to have 3 major grocery stores literally across the street from each other! So when the ads come out on Wednesday, I sit down & right down everything in which I might be interested from each store, under that store's name. If I think I have a coupon for the item, I put a star by it. Then I check my coupon holder, where all the coupons are in alphabetical order (MUCH easier to find things that way!!) I pull them out, put them in the "pile" for each store, then put them in order according to how they come IN the store. Then I fold my sheet of paper in 4ths, tuck the coupons in one "pocket" & put the whole thing in my purse so I have it! I know this SOUNDS like it takes a lot of time, but I do it while I'm watching TV at night, so there's no EXTRA time spent on it! I also take the grocery ads w/me when I shop, because occasionally, an item listed is nowhere to be found & I have to ask about it. Sometimes, THEY don't have a flier, so they don't even know about what I'm asking! I keep the ads, my coupon holder, my CROCHETED produce bags (& the few plastic ones I keep REUSING) in a larger bag & leave it in the back of my car, only taking it in the house when I need to replace the ads &/or sort coupons. I also pull all the coupons expiring for the month & put them in the front. That way I can look through them & see if there is anything I REALLY want to get---BEFORE the coupon expires! When there is a deal on something I use, I get several---as many as I have coupons for---& stock up on "steals" so that I RARELY have to buy anything "full" price (basically, only gas for the car & milk!) When you comparison shop, you can save A LOT!! I also have a number of extremely strong plastic grocery bags which I've been using for about 20 years & I get 5c a bag for using them at MOST of the stores. This, too, adds up. I kept track one year & made $25! Every little bit helps!!
  • Coupons absolutely save money. Especially with double and triple coupons! Buying on sale and using coupons, many items are cheaper than the store brands.
  • I never had problems with my children wanting things at the store, and I took them with me from pumpkin seat, until they could stay home alone... the key word early....
    I have more problems with adults standing in the middle of the aisle, talking on the phone.....
  • Coupons only save you money if you buy that brand.. most of the time, the store brand is the same thing, and cheaper than the name brand, with the coupon....

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