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Recession Proof Your Grocery Bill

I love to eat and I get excited about grocery shopping. I used to make a list of everything I needed from the grocery store and deal with the cost at the cash register. Now, we are making an attempt to be more fiscally conservative. It’s the responsible thing to do.

Here are some tips on saving money at the grocery store:

1. Be careful about buying things in bulk. I like to eat strawberry yogurt, especially when I have the munchies late at night. At the commissary, it was priced at $4.50 for a box of 8. However, I saw that I could buy 8 single servings packaged individually for cheaper. In my opinion, the only thing that we should buy in bulk is non perishable goods that you know you will use on a regular basis, such as toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, etc.

2. Use coupons. You can find good ones in your local Sunday paper. Also, some stores will have coupons posted inside the store for the items that you would like to buy.

3. Consolidate your grocery store trips. If you have to go all the way across town to pick up an item or to use a coupon, it may not be worth it when you consider the gas expense. Count up the cost.

4. Plan your meals in advance and make your grocery list from what you plan to cook that week. This can keep you from overspending on stuff that you may not eat for a while.

5. Never grocery shop hungry! I have done this and came home with all kinds of food that is still sitting in my pantry or freezer waiting to be cooked. Eat a good meal before you go grocery shopping and it will help you resist temptation to buy everything you see.

6. Check expiration dates! I have been a victim more times than I care to count with food that was due to expire before I could eat it. I was buying two gallons of milk for my son at a time because he was drinking about a gallon per week. This was working great until he decided that he didn’t like milk as much anymore. Oh well. Back to the quart size…

A special tip for military families – The commissary is great because you pay no taxes on your food. However, there is a surcharge fee that you have to pay and you also pay the baggers to load up your car. Keep these factors in consideration when thinking about cost savings. I personally think that the price of meat in the commissary is unbeatable. However, the cost of other items such as dairy products, are typically more expensive in the Commissary than in regular grocery stores. Where I live, I have found this to be true on several occasions.

How have you saved money on your grocery bills?

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  • Krystal March 30, 2009, 8:48 AM

    Ah, yes. Coupons. Because of this unfortunate incident, that is a bit of a sore subject with me: http://williamsplanet.blogspot.com/2008/11/i-feel-like-idiot.html

    😉

  • 3L March 20, 2009, 11:54 AM

    Great list.

  • Martha March 18, 2009, 4:03 PM

    Fabulous tips!! I used to live in Illinois where the Navy base was located and often shopped at the commissary with my sister (who was married to a man in the Navy). Ah, brings back memories!

    You're right, NEVER shop with a hungry stomach.

    Another tip, never shop when you have CRAVINGS. When it's that 'time of the month' (I apologize to your male readers *giggle*) I crave SUGARY products and I come back home with 5 different types of sweets. OOPS!!

    Thank you for taking the time to share this, I will keep it in mind the next time I go shopping 🙂

    Oops, I almost forgot to introduce myself. My name is Martha and I stumbled across your blog when I was looking for fellow Christian Mommies. Pleased to meet you!!

    Have a great day and I hope to hear from you soon 🙂

    <3

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