(Closed) Best tips to decrease grocery costs…

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@soon2bhis: i cut coupons…like crazy!! and FH and i buy  wholesale..ALOT! we go to meat markets and belong to sams club and costco. i buy huge pound of ground beef, and serperate them and freexe them in zip lock bags.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would stress coupons, you think they dont add up to much until you use a lot. buy in bulk if possible its always cheaper, and get your meats when they are on sale and freeze them. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you “impulse buy”? Make a rule that you can ONLY buy what’s on the list.

For meat, stock up when it goes on sale. Or if you have the freezer space, get in touch with a farmer/rancher and buy a whole lamb, or 1/2 a cow, etc. It’s cheaper in the long run.

Learn what’s in season. Buy it in season, don’t buy it fresh out of season. For example, in the summer cherries get as low as $1.99/pound, but then in the fall they go up to $8.99/pound! Most types of produce don’t vary quite that much, but there is a difference.

Many vegetables/fruits are just as good frozen. (If you are cooking them or making a smoothie with the fruit.) Price compare fresh versus frozen.

 

EatingWell.com has a bunch of budget-friendly recipes: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_budget_friendly_recipes

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Watch for things to go on sale. That is major…. some things go on sale big time and normally it happens in 6 week cycles. For instance, crystal light is buy one get one every 6 weeks. Then coke 12 packs are buy 2 get 3 free every 6 weeks. These 6 weeks cycles are not on the same cycle for each prodect. Like one week something will be on sale, then the next week something else will. Key is to figure out the cycles, which takes a few months. Also, for you more expensive items, find the store it is the cheapest. Me and Fiance HATE store hopping, but are willing to do it for out most expensive items. Like face lotion, or frozen fish. Walmart always wins on both of those. And believe it or not, some things are better off brand. We love the off brand of lysol clean cotton at walmart. And tylenol PM at the mart is 3 bucks for 100 verses 5 bucks for 24 at grocery stores. 100 of those things last FOREVER! Also, the single best trick I have learned it to buy an ok brand of detergent (like all, or arm and hammer) and mix it with the brand I like (gain). So basically I took an empty bottle, put in 1/3 gain (8-9 buck bottle) then rest with the cheaper stuff which I always buy on sale because it ALWAYS on sale somewhere, or even at dollar store. Normally I pay 2 bucks for the cheaper stuff. So I buy the expensive stuff maybe every 5-6 months, then a cheaper bottle to dilute with every 2-3 months, if that. 

Also, if you do happen to have coupons, 9 times out of 10 a grocery store will have a special double coupons week. The store we go to, Bi-lo, has it everyday, all day. Meaning the literally double coupons everyday. The store we sometimes shop at, harris teeter, has a triple week every 6 weeks. 

Papertowels are another big ticket item. Try out a few off brands and see what you like, because not all off brands of papertowels are alike. 

Best tip ever: email the company and compliment them and ask for coupons. They will always send you a coupon and most of the time they are way way better coupons than what the sunday papers have. 

Tip for trash bags and ziplocs, dig. Most of the time they attach coupons right to the boxes, so sometimes the ones if the front don’t have them because people have picked them off or because a new wave of them were sent to the store without the coupon. Just dig and look on boxes. If you can’t find em, these are the EASIEST coupons to get the company to send you.

If I think of anything else, I’ll let cha know 😀

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I do a certain amount of meal planning in the store, once I see what’s on sale. But I have the good fortune of living across the street from a grocery store, so I go there once every day or two. The upside is, we pretty much never waste any food!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh I forgot to address hand soap…never, ever, ever buy the small ones. Always buy the value size and dial or off brand is always the way to go. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

For toiletries, go to CVS and combine coupons with Extra Care bucks. We got a bunch of tubes of toothpaste (originally $4-5) for $1 each. We also have a bunch of shampoo, razors, etc. All very cheap or free!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Getting things on sale is always great. I always try to avoid buying prepackaged stuff because it is generally much more expensive. However, I do buy the large bags of frozen veggies because I find I burn through the fresh ones too fast and in the winter the fresh can get expensive. 

Also if you have a superstore, wholesale club, YI or Extra foods always check their coupon section.

 

Good luck!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are a ton of fabulous tips above!

Another thing you could do is look up how to ‘stretch’ recipes if you don’t alraedy do that. I know that my ma was awesome at it. Things like making burgers with some egg and oatmeal or crackers in them (I think, I’m so not the cook in this couple), including rice in dishes, making the cheaper items the main dish and having a smaller portion of the expensive items (meats, off-season veggies and fruits if you buy them off-season, etc). Feeds more people on less of the ‘main food’ because it plumps it up with fillers like the crackers and such. This gal has a lot of good ideas.

Here and here are some interesting stories on eating on a dollar a day. Best of luck, and what a good thread. I need to trim my grocery bill as well, so I’ll be taking in these tips!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The number one thing that has saved me money and time is to cook less often. If you have the freezer space you can make meals up ahead of time and just pop them in the oven. I also can alot. I know this sounds dumb and old fashioned but when I went crying to my Grammie about rising food costs she straightened me out. If I want xyz for my wedding I have to roll up my sleeves and do abc. So at Thanksgiving time I buy 7-8 turkeys on sale and cook them then can them in gravy.Then all I need to add is mashed potatoes and veggies. I try to buy a half a cow and can much of that to. (Takes up too much freezer space otherwise.)You can do soups and stew and chili, veggies and fruits this way. That frees up freezer space for casseroles. I now cook about once a week though it takes 2 hours because I am doing large quanities to freeze or can (depends on what is on sale). You can bring your food bill down from $6000 a year to @$1200. It is also great if you are having an awful day or unexpected company.  

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@soon2bhis: I had no clue! How handy for all of my gluten-free friends, since Amazon is so easy to use. There are also grocery delivery services in some areas (fancy ones where you order online and they bring a truck to your place, and also small town ones where you call in/drop off your list and they’ll drive it out to you). I doubt those save much $$ though.

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