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Tightwad top ten: save on groceries

Tightwad LOVES going to the grocery store. It's like a game; how to outsmart the clever merchandizers and savvy gimmicks! Here are some rules of thumb to help stay under budget when your grocery cart runth over.

10. Repeat after me: generic products are GOOD
9. Look closely at the price per unit breakdown
8. Shop for produce at a local farm stand or market instead of paying retail
7. Never buy coffee, pop, other drinks or snacks out - stock up at the store
6. Always grocery shop with a list (and stick to it)
5. Take advantage of items on sale that you normally buy but may not need on this trip
4. Stockpile staples when prices are low
3. Discover the power of rainchecks
2. Be smart about where you shop; remember boutique shop = boutique prices
1. Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. Obviously this tip is more about being green - but the pennies do add up.

Bonus tip for the super keen consumer: keep a price book and track prices by unit cost.


Terri Quite Contrary said...

How do you use rainchecks? I've never used one.

Annie Jones said...

I agree with all of this, but we take a little different approach about buying soda. We almost never buy any for home, because when it's here, it's all we drink. Instead, we pass it up at the grocery store and then order it without guilt when we go out to eat. We usually only go out for meals once or twice a month, so it's cheaper overall this way. Others' mileage may vary. :)

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