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Saturday, January 14, 2006

Top 10 Tips to Save Money on Groceries

Tip #1-DO NOT shop without a list ! Do your best to stick to it and get out as quickly as you can!

Tip#2- Do not shop while you're hungry! You tend to buy unhealthy food( cookies, icecream, chips,etc.)

Tip#3 - Avoid last minute impulse purchases at the checkout for things like magazines and candy bars.

TIP#4- Do not be brand loyal, and try to buy only what's on sale. Sometimes a name brand can even be on sale for the same price as the store brand, or less... so read those price labels!

TIP#5 - Bigger does not always equal better! Be careful of big "value size" packages. Sometimes they are packaged for price value, but often they are simply packaged only for convenience. The store manufacturers must be thinking we'd rather save a trip to the store than save money...

TIP#5- Always check your receipt before leaving the store. Me sure to use one of your 5% rebate credit cards when you shop at supermarkets(i.e. Citi Divedend, Discover, Chase)

TIP#6 - Many people do not realize this (and the stores probably don't want everyone to know) but when a product is on sale, let's say for example "buy 2 for $5.00," you can almost always purchase just one of the items for the sale price (which in this case would be $2.50). You do NOT have to purchase 2 items to get the sale price! (However, if it's an item you use regularly it's a good idea to go ahead and purchase more than one)

TIP#7 - Ask if the store will honor both manufacture's and store coupons at the same time.

TIP#8 - One of the best ways to save money on groceries is to keep wasted food to a minimum. Use up leftovers quickly or freeze them for later use. If you’re cooking for just one or two, freeze leftovers in single-size portions, they’ll make quick and easy dinners on nights when you’re too busy or too tired to cook.

TIP#9- Buy the Sunday newspaper to get hundreds of dollars in coupons; if a certain week has a lot of great coupons for products that you use often buy two!

TIP#10- Double coupon offers are great. The double coupons are nice, but then when you buy grocery items that generally do not have coupons (such as milk, bread, meat, produce, etc...) you will more than pay for that double coupon savings. So, if your "double coupon" store is on the high-end use the coupons on their sale items when you have time and purchase everything else at a lower priced store of your choice.

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