If you are a consumer at the average American grocery store, there is a good chance that you are being sold things that you don’t actually need. Grocers use clever tactics like spraying water on produce to make it look fresh, keeping the bread in hearth like conditions, and making the meat section look sterile in order to get you to purchase more than you need at the store. Fortunately for you, there are some methods you can employ in order to equalize the battlefield that is known as the grocery sales floor.
When you are sitting at home on a Sunday morning, idly watching football and shoving your face full of nachos, you should look through the paper for coupons. After you finish looking through the paper, go talk to your neighbor and see if they are finished with theirs. You can clip out the exact same coupons and get double the savings at any grocery store that honors the double coupon system. If you can’t get your neighbor’s paper, you can use prepaid cell phones to bring up scannable bar codes while at the register.
Ten Dollars Off of a $50 Purchase
I have recently been frequenting a grocery store chain that offers ten dollars off of $50 dollar purchases every Thursday. The only kicker here is that you can only receive the $10 discount on $50 and nothing more. My solution to save money is to visit several different locations in order to pick up all of my necessities. At the first stop I pick up canned and dry goods, then I like to purchase frozen foods at the next, after those two stops I pick up produce, meat, dairy, and all other things that need to be cold. It’s not officially cheating the system, but it feels so satisfying doing it.
Large grocery stores are great for picking up all of the rare ingredients you may need for cooking dishes such as Paella and Dim Sum. If you are going to eat oatmeal for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch, and meatloaf for dinner, you might as well purchase the raw materials at a place know for savings. Stores like Save-A-Lot and Aldi’s have lower prices because they do not carry as many things as other stores. Instead of doing all of your shopping at expensive stores, pick up your basics at these locations.
Buying in Bulk
If you know you are going to go through a certain product very quickly, you might as well purchase a lot of it in order to save trips to the store. Better yet, you might as well purchase an oversized container so you can save cash by buying in bulk. Outlet stores like Sam’s and Costco specialize in providing excellent deals because they purchase bulk items in bulk. You should follow their lead and do the same with your grocery list.
Purchasing Store Brand Goods
Oreos, Sara Lee, and Chef Boyardee have excellent marketing campaigns and packaging design. Most store brands lack decent packages and commercials, but overcompensate for it with their low prices and near identical quality. Instead of memorizing ad campaigns and jingles, use your common sense and budgetary sensibilities when buying food.
The grocery store is a like a minefield for your wallet. Most retailers want you to spend as much money as possible when you are at their location. Learn how to see through their strategies and optimize your dollars in order to purchase the most food and get the most nutrition out of your dollars.
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