Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Save Money On Groceries!

"He gives food to every living thing. His faithful love endures forever." - Psalm 136:25

With the increase in the price of food, grocery shopping can be extremely costly these days. Here are a few tips to slash your entire grocery bill by 50, even 60 percent.
  • Get It For Less - Shop the sales and stock up on what you use a lot. If your local grocery store offers buy 1 get 1 free deals or 50% off, load up on items that you use often. Some shoppers only buy what is on sale. They let the sale rotations dictate their purchases and rack up consistent savings of 50 percent or more. This also helps provide variety to your diet by purchasing and eating different foods each week.
  • Buy In Bulk - Shopping at Sam's, Costco and BJ's allows you to purchase food in bulk such as 6-pound bags of chicken breasts, 10-pound packages of ground beef, 18-packs of eggs, larger quantities of cheese and produce, etc. Many times, buying in bulk costs less money and lasts longer.
  • Embrace The Store Brand - Most of the time, the store brand tastes just as good if not better than name brands. This applies to meats, dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese), eggs, natural peanut butter, etc. There are many healthy store-brand items that cost far less than name-brand foods, and they're good for you!
  • Add An Ethnic Market To Your Lineup - Spices, produce and other staples are often much cheaper. Not to mention that you can experiment with new foods and spices with many health benefits.
  • Think Outside The Box - Need milk? Check Walgreens, the corner convenience store, the gas mini-mart or a local farmer's market (a great place for produce and raw milk). All these places often beat supermarket prices. It means an extra stop, but if you combine this with another errand in the same area, you won't be spending more on gas.
  • Use Coupons - Matching a coupon with items on sale can help you save big! To get even more for your buck, do it at stores that double the coupon.
  • Plan Strategically - If possible, extend the time between trips. This may be difficult if you eat a lot of fresh food, but if you can stretch your shopping to 1o days instead of seven or less, you reduce your daily expenses.

These are just a few tips to help you save money while still being able to enjoy all the good foods God designed for us.

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