I have been doing my shopping at Target (almost next door to work) for food staples and Safeway (within walking distance of my house) for fresh produce. You cannot beat Target's prices and sometimes they offer coupons too.
Great article! Thanks for the really helpful tips! Before I started with SparkPeople, I had learned the trick about shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. It was a great first step. I'm pleased to see that I've got some steps coming along nicely, and others that aren't too hard to learn & incorporate.
Except for sales the big store I use has the unit price in fine print on the label, but my food co-op doesn't. This is a good article for easy, common sense ways to reduce your food bill while eating well.
9/15/2009 4:10:13 PM
This is a great summary of the shopping strategies that work to save money and eat healthier. I agree, shop ALONE! I don't have kids, but I have a husband who loves to shop with me.I have to watch what he's grabbing from the shelf and throwing in the cart!
Generic brands are usually fine, but not for everything. I bought generic pasta sauce like Ragu once and it had way more sodium in it than the name brand. I haven't bought generic since.
A lot depends on the farmer's market - if you can go to your state farmer's market, they are generally less. If you go to a small local market, it depends on what you're buying. I miss the days when the local farmer filled the back of his pick-up truck with fresh fruits and veggies, many of which he grew himself, and drove through the neighborhood selling it off his truck.
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