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Grocery Store Steals and Tips

How to Eat Right and Save Too!

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8/26/2015 8:11:02 AM

DUSTYPRAIRIE's SparkPage
I like the stores that print out the breakdown of costs per ounce or per serving. Often I find that the smaller sizes are more of a bargain.

Also, sometimes sale items are pricier than brands not on sale. if I grab a sale item from an end cap I will go to it's home on the shelf to compare costs. Those nickels and dimes add up!
DIVAJAX59
6/13/2015 4:01:35 PM

I shop at a food coop & purchase organic or minimally treated produce. Also there is such as variety of fruits & veggies, nuts & other organic products I shop there every 2 weeks. purchase from big box for staples like oatmeal, rice, beans. I shop big box obce every 2-3 months.The savings from the big box help me have enough for organic products.Thats how I even out purchase price increase for organic food so I can stay within budget.
1/27/2015 5:29:18 PM

99JEEPNUT's SparkPage
Don't go shopping when you are hungry! You will save a lot!
FABDOUSAL
1/8/2015 4:05:16 PM

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MANDYCAT3
11/29/2013 8:18:16 AM

It's possible that we will be moving in another two or three months (if the local real estate market cooperates) so I've been looking through my existing pantry and frozen items. Yikes, you'd think I was auditioning for one of those reality shows about survivalists or hoarders. It will be interesting to see how many healthy meals I can conjure up with what I already have on hand. With dried beans alone I could feed an army. The lesson here: your kitchen goods expand to fit the storage space available.
5/12/2013 7:27:55 PM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
I love fresh veggies. But I will use some frozen.
1/5/2013 8:50:35 AM

JUSTFORGIVEN1's SparkPage
Frozen veggies are very close to fresh in my book.
1/28/2012 10:47:33 AM

PANDADOT's SparkPage
Dried beans are typically cheaper (and lower in sodium) than canned beans - all you have to do is soak them overnight when you know you're going to use them, and voila!

We also make a ton of soups in the winter, and have started making our own veggie stock using leftover vegetable scraps. The ends of carrots, zucchini, scallions, potato and onion peels, etc. You keep a ziploc bag full of the scraps in the freezer - once the bag is full, it's time to add water, boil for several hours, then drain and freeze the stock! Cheaper, and with WAY less sodium!
BLUEKITTY2011
10/11/2011 10:02:29 AM

In some cases heating food actually releases nutrients (like tomatoes) and the foods they can are picked and canned immediately so they don't lose anything by laying around.
10/11/2011 9:34:21 AM

NWISLANDER's SparkPage
I don't see how the author can say that canned vegetables can be as nutritious as fresh, unless the fresh being compared is the picked-before-ripe-and-probably-imported variety. The canning process often damages a lot of essential nutrients.
10/4/2011 7:56:10 PM

MOMKAT4310's SparkPage
I like to make a grocery list from the Sunday newspaper ads. Then I go to the pantry and the freezer to see what I have. We both need non- drippy non-souplike lunches, He eats while he drives, I eat in a quick lunch few minutes. Have to go to the employee lunch room, eat, restroom, and walk back to work station all in 20 minutes. So I bake protein bar types, make veggie egg crustless quieches, DH take sandwiches and home mede cookies. We try to do oat based breakfasts and really good dinners. We also shop for manager specials, end of date specials, store brands. When I can, I go to the local produce market (not really local) for better prices, and a chance at baskets of produce nearing end date. Great for soups and one pot meals that we have for dinners.
K_RENEE
5/31/2011 6:59:28 PM

I wanted to start shopping at local farmer's vendors, but they were more expensive than Kroger! I love fresh local produce, but I need to save money too.
4/9/2011 12:12:15 PM

PLAINJANELLEN's SparkPage
Living just a mile from the nearest Kroger store, we shop every afternoon for Manager's Markdowns - items that are going off date the next day & are usually 50% of the full price. It lets us eat very well on a budget.
3/4/2011 8:29:05 PM

JUSFOLK's SparkPage
We are saving big right now by my creating meals from what we have on hand. Hubby and I purchase items when they are cheap, and sometimes we get too much in the pantry. It's fun and challenging creating healthy combos while keeping the week's grocery shopping to a bare minimum!
2/9/2011 1:40:46 PM

10TOES's SparkPage
Don't just make a weekly menu, take time to make a monthly menu and do one big shop. It really does save my family at least $200 when we do. Also, while going shopping on your own is a great idea on paper, it rarely works for most busy families. Have your kids help you shop. try to make it a game for them. The 99 cent store is a great place for in season fruits and veggies. Try to check there once or twice a week for great bargains.

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