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9 Strategies to Save on Groceries

With gas prices at an all time high, are you searching for ways to reduce your spending in other areas?  In our household, we've renewed our interest in using coupons and for added savings we target double-coupon days.  Here I've offered 7 ways to save money on household groceries.
1.   Cut coupons  - Each Sunday I look forward to receiving the newspaper, where we receive upwards of 100 coupons in our Sunday newspaper.
2.   Download coupons off the internet Check out www.coolsavings.com or www.couponcart.com for great on-line deals on your favorite items.
3.   Join frequent buyer clubs at your local grocers These no-cost programs offer club members on select products.  In my last grocery trip I saved $15 as a member of my local grocer's club and another $10 in clipped coupons.
4.   Join a local warehouse club Locally we have a Costco and Sam's Club, as well as a Super Target and Super Walmart, where I have found significant savings over our name brand supermarkets.  The wholesale clubs can save you 20
5.   Purchase generic brands and/or store brands I have often compared store brands to name brands and find that there is rarely a difference between the two. In fact, like many other products we purchase (i.e., electronics, appliances), the same manufacturer that makes the name brand often manufactures the generic product.
6.   Purchase fresh products instead of processed/packaged products It's no surprise that fresh unprocessed foods are healthier for us, but these foods not only save in calories, but are also less expensive than packaged and processed foods.
7.   Prepare a List when you go to the store with a plan, you are less likely to succumb to impulse purchases.  Check out the 'All Out Of' shopping list notepad (http://www.onlineorganizing.com/ProductsPage.asp?name=All_Out_Of_Shopping_List_Notepad) that allows you to create your grocery list as you deplete household items.  It has a magnet on the back so you can affix it to your frig.
8.   Shop your supermarket's weekly specials Each week we receive our local supermarket's brochure of advertised specials, which often include two for one sales.  These circulars will also advertise double-coupon days.  During double-coupon days and two for one specials, I've taken the opportunity to stock up on often used staples.
9.   Choose products on the top and bottom shelves - It is no accident that higher priced products appear at eye-level on our grocery shelves.  These are often the smaller sizes of a product, which typically have a higher per unit cost.

posted on: 6/2/2008 10:00:00 AM by Janet Nusbaum, The Organizing Genie
category: Homes

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Janet Nusbaum creates calm out of chaos, and loves bringing serenity and order to overwhelmed households, cluttered offices, frazzled parents, and transitioning seniors and families. Janet, President of Simplified Spaces & The Simplified Home, is an Organizing Consultant, Senior Move Manager, Author and Speaker.

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