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bongobro 07-19-2012 01:11 AM

Re: Grocery Shopping Tips
When a manufacturer changes a product's packaging, the package may not be the only thing that changes. I recently purchased a package of pre-cooked sliced bacon that boasted "NOW! MORE BACON!" on the package. The old package of the same brand of bacon boasted 2.41 ounces of bacon; the new package boasted 2.57 ounces. However, the actual number of bacon slices dropped from 15 in the old package to 12 in the new package, and each slice was little bigger than the ones in the old package--and the new package cost more than the old, to boot...

Compare the price per ounce, especially between the old packages and the new ones!

bongobro 08-18-2013 01:57 AM

Sometimes you have to spend money to save money
I know it may sound counterproductive, but consider quantity vs. quality when you shop. It may be better to buy just one green pepper that looks fresh and healthy than to buy six green peppers at a bargain price, only to discover they're flabby, wrinkled, and old enough for Social Security benefits (if not the garbage can).

Also, one good-size chunk of sharp cheddar may cost more than the bigger package of mild cheddar, but the stronger flavor will enable you to use less cheese for the same amount of "punch", so it may actually cost you less per serving.

bongobro 08-18-2013 02:07 AM

Grandma may have had the right idea, after all!
Those luscious homemade dishes "like grandma used to make" were often made from scratch, without prepared mixes, instant everything, and microwavable this-and-that. The amazing thing is that some homemade items can be made nearly as quickly as opening a can or a pouch, and taste, well, like grandma used to make.

If you're blessed enough to have such a mother or grandma, find the recipe or recipes she's best known for, copy them down and give them a try. It may take a bit longer, but you may be pleasantly surprised at the results. If you collect recipes and/or cookbooks, that's even better. You'll often find basic recipes for cakes, frostings, salad dressings and other dishes that still taste good today!

Best of all, some recipes adapt beautifully to advances in food products and cooking methods. Don't be afraid to try them (Gordon Ramsey will not be standing over your shoulder screaming at you if they don't come out right the first time)!

And you may just save some money, too.

bongobro 09-29-2013 04:53 PM

When is a clearance price REALLY a clearance price?
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for a low price. But sometimes something on a clearance rack in the supermarket may not always be a true clearance item. Most stores have special hang tags indicating a clearance item with a substantially lower price ("Was $2.97; NOW $1.46," for example). Other stores may also include "DISCONTINUED ITEM" as part of the product hang tag.

Occasionally, however, there may be a simple overstock of regular-priced items mixed in with the clearance stuff (mainly so the overstock will disappear). If there's a price tag in front of the item, check closely. If there's a second, lower price, cool. If there's not a second price figure, take a moment to check the similar product on the main shelf. It may simply be overstock cleverly disguised as a clearance item! :eek:

If you shop at a store with a self-service price checker, scan the item there, too!

bongobro 01-21-2014 01:27 AM

Time may NOT be on your side with reduced-priced items
If you buy items from reduced-price displays, closeout stores or bakery thrift shops, be SURE you check the "best before" date on the package. If you can use the item in the time left on the package, so much the better. However, if the stuff is past the expiration date, be careful! Some foods may be okay, while others may have off-flavors, off-colors, or even mold if left on the shelf too long. :eek:

If something really needs to be pulled off the shelf, let the manager know.

bongobro 03-07-2014 05:55 PM

Be pushy with your purchases...use your calculator!
As someone who sees the cash register from both sides of the keyboard, few things irritate me more than someone who buys too many items, then has to return them because he or she overspent. While this is not a problem for non-perishable items or non-food items (laundry detergent, paper towels, etc.), grocers, for health and sanitation reasons, simply CANNOT return an unpurchased gallon of milk to the dairy case or a (possibly un)frozen TV dinner to the freezer.

In many cases, such unpurchased items end up sitting at the register, maybe for a few minutes, maybe for an entire eight-hour work shift. It would be like leaving the food items you purchased on the kitchen counter for several hours, then expecting them to be safe to eat when you finally pit them away. Such items have to be put into "claims"--in other words, they cannot be sold again and have to be disposed of.

That, my friends, costs the grocer, who loses money on the food items that cannot be sold...and to you, the shopper, who ends up paying for those lost items in higher prices.

If you have a calculator, USE IT. You'll save money in more ways than one!

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