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Old 01-22-2009, 03:48 PM
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MAKE A LIST AND STICK TO THE ITEMS ON THAT LIST!!! It is very easy to buy items at the supermarket on a whim, and sticking to a list will help you control that urge and save money in the process.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:33 PM
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Shop on a full stomach. Once again, you are more likely to make un-wise "impulse purchases" if you are hungry at the time you are shopping.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:33 PM
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Bigger packages (i.e. "bulk packages") are not always the most cost-effective. Compare the unit prices of items that you can find on their pricing labels to see how you would save the most money.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:33 PM
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If you are just making a quick trip to the store for one or two items (such as milk or eggs), try not to use a shopping basket or cart, as you will find yourself far less likely to buy more unnecessary items this way.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:34 PM
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Try as much as possible to make one large shopping trip, as opposed to several smaller trips. The more trips you make into the supermarket, the more likely you are to spend more money than you need to.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:34 PM
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If possible, try to grocery shop by yourself. People who shop in groups are more likely to spend money on unnecessary items.
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If you are a coupon clipper, clip coupons only for items that you actually need. You may save money by using coupons, but you're not really saving money if you're purchasing an item that you would not have purchased in the first place.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:34 PM
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One store will not have the absolute lowest price on all items. Look carefully at sale prices at various stores and comparison shop. If you're at one store and you know an item costs less at another, if it's something you can live without, wait until you get a chance to go to the other store to get it.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:35 PM
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If you find yourself perusing the magazines while in the checkout aisle and then buying them, consider a subscription to those magazines, as it will be cheaper then buying them at the check-out each week. Also, if you find yourself buying items such as batteries or nail clippers in the checkout aisle, try to wait until you are at a discount store to purchase those items, since they are generally more expensive at the supermarket.
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:35 PM
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If a store is offering a sale, such as two of one item for four dollars, check the unit price label carefully and the phrasing of the product description. If you only need one of the item, many times you can buy it for the same price (i.e. two for four dollars, or one for two dollars). But, check carefully, as this may NOT always be the case!
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:29 AM
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Grocers put the staple items (bakery, produce, meat, and dairy) around the perimeter of the store. Thus, if you need just a gallon of milk or a head of lettuce, you have to walk past every single tempting "end cap." That's the retailing term for the ends of the grocery aisles, where stores stock impulse items (for example, a big cookie display right next to the milk). Beware!!!
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:51 PM
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Save money on vegetables by choosing the kind that's best suited for your recipe. If the veggies are the "star" of your dish, choose the best-looking ones you can find. If they're in a supporting role, as in a soup or casserole, the store-brand canned veggies work just fine! For example, fresh tomatoes are great if you're using them in a salad or slicing them for sandwiches, but canned tomatoes are perfectly fine if you're cooking them in chili or soup.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:57 AM
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When shopping for staple items (flour, sugar, canned goods, etc.), don't be afraid to try the store brand! The vast majority of store-brand products are equal in quality to the brand-names, and in some cases, are made or packed by the manufacturer of brand-name products.

For example, Ralcorp Holdings makes breakfast cereals for a number of major national and regional supermarket chains, as well as cookies, crackers and other dry grocery products.

If you're uncertain, you can always buy one or two packages to try--chances are, however, you'll continue buying them after seeing how much money you're saving...
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:00 AM
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Those pre-packed containers of celery sticks, carrot sticks, chopped onions, etc., look very convenient, but you can invest in a good knife and a chopping board (to do your own veggie preparation) for the extra money you're spending to have someone cut your vegetables for you!
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With a Kroger's card, you can load coupons onto the card. No more clipping! Then when you go shopping and you purchase that item, your extra savings will be added right to your receipt. Other stores use this system too. Try searching for online coupon stores that you can add right to your store cards!
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Buy only plain white facial tissues or you could be crying real tears when you run out. I recently purchased three boxes of Kleenex tissues; one contained white tissues; one contained blue tissues; the third contained green tissues. Each box cost the same, but the box of white tissues contained 200 tissues (and made note of that fact proudly on the tear-open tab). The blue and green boxes were the same size--but contained only 184 tissues!

I guess it costs more to dye the tissues !

UPDATE: As of March 2014, those same boxes contained 160 white tissues and 152 colored tissues respectively!
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If you use those little pump containers of liquid hand soap in the bathroom, you know how much those "economical" refills can cost you. Try using dishwashing liquid to refill the soap containers instead. Since you're soaking your hands in dish soap if you wash dishes by hand, you might as well try making one product do double duty...

and some of the newest dish soaps boast of many of the same moisturizers found in liquid hand soap...
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Take a closer look when examining multi-purchase deals. Some deals (say 5-for-$5) are great if you use the product regularly and/or have the room to store it; many stores, however, may show a product at 2 packages for $5, but put a different price for a single purchase of the same product. For example, two bottles of cranberry juice cocktail may be offered for $5.00, but the single bottle may be offered for $3.49--not the great deal it appears to be if you need or want to buy only one bottle!
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:59 AM
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Some supermarkets, particularly those with custom-cut meat departments, may occasionally have too much fresh-cut meat at the end of the day. These stores often sell the excess at a savings (usually 25%) before the end of the following day. A cut of meat that cost $8.00, for example, may sell for $6.00 during such a sale. Simply freeze the meat and keep it on hand for a future meal, and enjoy the savings!
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While those dented cans and battered boxes may tempt you with extra savings over their intact counterparts, approach them with caution. A badly dented can may have damage to the inner liner that protects the food from coming in contact with the metal can itself; some cans may be bulged or popped open from the impact. Don't buy those at any price.

And a ripped-open box may have suffered damage to the inner packaging that could compromise the freshness and/or safety of the product inside.
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