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Have You Found Your Grocery Shopping Stride?

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When it comes to grocery shopping I have friends who clip coupons, browse every store mailer and split their shopping between several different stores in order to get the best price. I also have friends who don't care about price and head to the store with the sole intention of getting what food they want to eat without taking price, sales or coupons into consideration. I have done it both ways, saved 90% on a pile of crap food that took me four different stores to acquire and headed to the closest store to get exactly what I wanted regardless of price.

I'm happy to report I now fall somewhere in the middle, and by supplementing my shopping at warehouse stores I'm now able to shop once a week to fill in the cracks with fresh fruits, vegetables and meats that have an expiration date.

During my experimental couponing phase I found that rarely can one get fresh fruits, vegetables and meats with coupons. Even dairy is hard to get for next to nothing so I ended up buying an awful lot of chips, not because that was what we ate, but because I could get 10 bags for $0.47. I certainly don't have a problem stocking up on a few non perishable essentials and emergency rations during a sale, but I certainly don't clear the shelves. Another friend and I got into experimental couponing at the same time and we both realized we just ate worse with those things were in our houses, no matter how cheap they were. (However we do love using coupons for household items, THAT'S the way to save money!)

I have four grocery stores within five minutes of my house but when it comes time to get a lot of groceries I actually choose a store that's about 20 minutes away. They have the best selection of fresh produce, much of it organic, as well as the greatest selection of many other items and really good sales. The grocery stores closest to me either have higher food prices when what you're buying isn't on sale or a miserable selection of produce and meats.

Now that I have a house with a pantry and chest freezer I've been able to do some more serious warehouse shopping, stocking up on staples such as condiments, canned goods and baking products for much cheaper than a grocery store. And while buying 10 pounds of chicken all at once for $17 seems a bit overwhelming, considering chicken at the grocery store averages around $2.50 a pound? Those 10 pounds at $1.70 a pound are a great deal if you have the means to freeze and store it.

I feel like I've finally hit my grocery shopping stride, not buying or spending too much and putting real food on the table for my family.

How do you choose where you grocery shop and have you found your grocery shopping stride?

by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I go to Kroger because I feel like the ate cleaner and better organized than other stores. Also I love their coupon policy
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by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I love farmers market in the summer.

Quoting elasmimi:

Oh, and I don't really use coupons a lot, because I don't find enough for things I use to make it worthwile. And in summer I buy most of my produce from a nearby farmers market.

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by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM
That is the way I feel about Kroger.

Quoting ceciliam:

I shop, pretty much exclusively, at Wegmans. They have great prices...the stores are always clean and I can make my list on their website, complete with pictures, prices and the aisle each item is located. The other great thing is that they send out coupons fro fresh produce, meat and dairy! Wegmans rocks!

Oh, and I have my shopping trips down to a science)

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by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM

I normally shop at 1 store for the sales. I have one out front of my neighborhood that I go to if I need something quick fast and in a pinch. I usually go to BJ's once a month and I go to walmart for a few things. other than that, I mainly stick to the same stores

by Member on Mar. 13, 2012 at 2:49 AM

I haven't exactly figured it out yet--we moved not long ago--but I tend to rely on Costco and a health-food store that has really great produce.

by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM
We shop close to home mainly. But I prefer driving to get better deals
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by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Id like to think I have.....

by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

 I shop at the same store all the time.

by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 12:27 PM

 I always try to match my coupons with sales also.

by Bronze Member on Mar. 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I haven't been organized enough to match coupons with sales. Good for you!

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