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How do you save money on groceries?

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Don't say "I use coupons" yes that's a nice way to save money, but not everyone has the time, energy, know how, and whatever else to do it. So what else can you do to save on food?

Put one "tip" per reply as many as you want.

I thought this group could use a thread that actually pertains to the topic for a change.

by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM
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by Gold Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 10:59 PM
My husband does this.

Quoting tinkerxbell:

Don't just look at the price on the price tag, look at the little thing on the side that says how many cents per ounce or per pound it is. Those little pennies add up in the long run, or can tell you how good a "sale" actually is.

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by Gold Member on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I don't really pay attention. I always say I will plan meals or watch for sales.... I plan to. Really!
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by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM
We live on a farm too but horses and all they produce is poop lol

Quoting steelcrazy:

I don't buy meat either since we live on a farm with beef cattle.  I'm thinking that isn't what you meant though. lol

Quoting she_walk_softly:

Don't buy meat :)

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by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Coupons haha.

And budget friendly meals. Or meals that I can make two dinners out of.
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by on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Buy all our meat & most of our processed food (we don't eat much processed food) from Costco. And some fruit/veggies

then buy the rest of the food from trader joes or other cheaper grocery store

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by Anji on Jul. 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I take hunny and he does the math, price per ounce and we buy the best deal. Its not always the store brand with the best price.
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by Anji on Jul. 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM
We also buy bulk. It tends to be cheaper to buy the bigger and spend a little more than buying the smaller every time.
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by Danielle :) on Jul. 30, 2012 at 12:03 AM

The bigger "value" packages are not always the best price per ounce. If the tag doesn't tell you, grab your phone & pull up the calculator and do the math!

I buy foods that I have to prepare. Blocks of cheese instead of pre-shredded, whole lettuce heads instead of bags of chopped, whole carrots instead of "baby". More work but cheaper in the long run.

by on Jul. 30, 2012 at 12:04 AM

I shop sales and I shop at 2 different stores.  I shop Aldi first and then hit the other local store to get what Aldi doesn't carry as well as hit the BOGO'S.  With this store I watch the prices and they don't increase them when an item goes on sale.  I do know others that do that.  You can usually lift the sale tag to discover that hidden trick.

by June on Jul. 30, 2012 at 12:08 AM

It's hard because I have to make most of our food from scratch due to food sensitivities.  So, I can't buy many items with coupons.  I've found has really good prices and free shipping if you get $50 worth.

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