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15 Ways to Save Big Bucks on Healthy Groceries

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  • Growing a garden is hard work, there's getting the ground ready, planting (getting the right plants for your climate) watering, weeding and hoping the pests do not come and ruin everything you have tried so hard grow. With the time and cost of everything you need I'm about to give up my gardening, just have not had any good pay back out of it for the last 2 years. - 8/2/2013 10:57:50 AM
  • If you shop at a major store, make sure you sign up for whatever savings cards they offer. My store has all sorts of deals that I can view online and add to my list. A lot of times there are personalized deals on things that I buy all the time, like bananas. It's worth it to check the site once a week to see what there is. - 8/1/2013 6:46:44 AM
  • Good article, especially for newbies; and some good reminders for some of us who know better, but slip now and then. - 4/29/2013 1:04:12 PM
  • My fiance loves to look at the price lables on the shelves. Where we are they list the cost of each item per 100g. So sometimes that sale item is actually not such a great deal and we go for the regular price item because, in the end, we're actually saving. We're huge on no name generic brands as well and grab the discount meats and breads and shove them in the deep freeze. (i don't eat much bread anymore myself but it's good for the kids to have around).
    - 3/12/2013 12:29:45 PM
    I do once a month big shopping with a list organized by the layout of each store and a time schedule to get done and then fresh foods weekly the rest of the month. Being on a schedule helps me not stray. I'm willing to shop at several stores and break my list out based on what I buy at each store. I've switched my vegi and fruit shopping away from the local chain stores and to a smaller place and am always pleased with how much I get for my money. I don't always shop the sales since we live out of town. Often times buying in bulk and re-packaging things at home saves me enough money to balance out more gas to shop the sales. - 3/12/2013 12:19:39 PM
  • When you are gluten free, everything triples in price. Hard to save. ; ( - 3/12/2013 12:10:17 PM
  • I agree with Bluekitty. Nothing I don't already do here. The suggestion on checking clearance can be a setback too. I recently was looking at a package of close to date ground chuck that was discounted from $3.99 lb to $3.59 lb, yet it was on sale for $3.49 lb. I started checking other "discounts" and found this practice was quite common! - 1/31/2013 9:16:39 AM
  • I have yet to read one of these articles that teaches me something new. I keep hoping for it. - 12/1/2012 5:49:57 AM
    Another money saving tip is to peruse the clearance section of the bakery, meat, and seafood counters of your local grocery store. Items that are near the experation date are often 1/2 off or better. I just repack in single servings (ziplock bags) and freeze. I save tons of money this way :-) - 12/1/2012 12:01:43 AM
  • Have always shopped like this. Keep whole wheat flour, oatmeal, steel cut oats, etc. in freezer so can buy in larger quantities. Freezers and cupboards are full because I buy when on sale. And I don't leave food there too long, just keep rotating. - 11/30/2012 7:59:59 PM
  • Also! My local Asian grocery has fruits and vegetables, many unique and tasty, for cheaper than the chain grocery store. - 11/30/2012 10:25:51 AM
  • The Kroger stores I shop at always list price per ounce on the shelf helps me decide when bulk is cheaper or if the "on sale" product is going to save me any cashola! - 11/30/2012 10:24:16 AM
  • Great article and comments here! My thoughts:
    1. I use a free Android phone app called "Out of Milk" where I can keep everything I buy, then build a shopping list from the history. It also has a bar code reader and I can check the current price against the price I've entered - "usual" price or competitor price.
    2. "Buying in bulk" can mean getting the giant containers, or it can mean measuring out the amount you want from a bin (so you can get even a tiny amount). Both have different advantages
    3. For fruits and vegetables, I make it a game with myself to use them up before they go bad - the competitive streak in me comes out! - 11/30/2012 10:11:04 AM
  • I would say also visit you local market for fruit and veg, on the market i can get a courgette, a massive mushroom 8 tomatoes and a big onion all for for bout a 1.50 in total and the fruit although more expensive also has deals like sometimes i can get HUGE mangos for 40p :P healthy and cheapey - 8/15/2012 5:10:57 PM
    One of the greatest normal expenses in any household is food. There are a lot of ways to save on groceries and put a little back in one’s pocket. - 4/24/2012 1:25:53 AM

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