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Old 09-30-2008, 01:54 PM   #61
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I buy a lot of stuff, food and non-food items, in bulk at Sam's or Costco.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:48 PM   #62
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I'll start a new thread here, since the How do you save money in the kitchen? thread got really long.

Aside from coupon cutting (which probably most of us already do), post other ways of how you've been able to save your money at the grocery store, that can help others as well.
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Here's one of my best tips:

Whatever beef is priced lowest, ask the butcher to grind it for your ground beef. There's one area of my store that has steaks/roasts for a very low price that week. It's always less than ground beef. So, last week we had rib-eye ground beef for $1.79/lb rather than the $4.29/lb regular ground was asking, and I've also had Tri tip ground lately for $1.99/lb.
I also do this with chicken, when they have boneless marked really low.

Because I do this each week, I've also gotten to know my butcher well, which is always a good thing
Hi Jkath,
For me the first step in lowering my grocery bill is to use my brain and think:
* what have I got in the cupboard;
which brings me to my second point:
* look in the cupboards, fridge or freezer and see what needs using up;
and finally;
* plan a weeks meals - on paper using what is in the cupboard, fridge, freezer.

Having planned a weeks meals using ingredients which need to be used and decided on "cheap but nutritious eats" write out the shopping list. Go to the web site of the supermarket and cost the list.

Take a calculator when going shopping and add up what you put in your basket - makes you realise how the money adds up! Take cash with you but no credit cards - helps reign in the desire to buy things which you won`t use or being sold on a BOGOF which might be a totally false economy. These two strategies make you think when going around a supermarket rather than being seduced by the environment!

"Cheap eats" - 75-100gms of bacon could be used with pasta and 3 to 4 eggs to give 4 portions of Spaghetti Carbonnara or with a can of tomatoes (450gm and an onion) to give a pasta dish for less than perhaps $5 for 4-6 portions. Go vegetarian for 1 or 2 nights a week, using rice and peas, beans or lentils as the main ingredients or make a classic like Macaroni cheese one night for dinner.

Cook from scratch! Hundreds of dishes may be made within 30 minutes or using a slow cooker which will consume less energy (electricity/gas etc.) than a conventional oven. Bulk cook - so if using a slow cooker in a family of 3/4 cook 6/8 portions and freeze half for another day. Maximise and plan when you use the oven. Never put it on, if all that you intend to do is cook one dish - make sure that you fill the oven. Cool and freeze the extra dishes for eating on another day! Again, planning is key!

Stop thinking you need meat/fish or chicken etc., every day - you don`t!

Hope this helps,
Archiduc
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:21 PM   #63
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archiduc, very good ideas. I need to plan my meals and really cook from my cupboard and freezer. It has been a long time since I have planned a menu,but think I will give it a try again. I have sooo many cans that need to be used up and the freezer is full of veg.and fruits. Of course it is just my dh and myself, so it doesn't take too much. Tonight while looking in the freezer for some meat to cook I found a bowl of dried colored butterbeans that I had cooked a month or 2 ago, so with some fried okra , slaw and cornbread and of course sweet tea we had a good meal.We love our southern cooking, even though it is probably not good for us.
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:05 AM   #64
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In August I saved all my reciepts from grocery shopping and to my astonishment spent $710.00 for the month on 5 people, 2 lg. dogs & 2 cats.
In September I did alot of what archiduc suggested. I planned a menu for 2 weeks at a time and made it according to what I had in the pantry, frige and freezer. I do coupon clip, but only on what I would normally buy or only if it was truly saving me money. I have 4 stores that I shop at. I visit websites for 2 of those stores and write down what I need if it's on sale (prices too). Coupons are all organized and even listed in my computer. First stop is Sav-a-lot for canned and paper goods. Second stop is Wal-Mart Supercenter for what ever else I need unless my list shows it cheaper at the other two places (Publix & Winn Dixie) I shop at. All these stores are within 5 miles from my house and are one after the other, so I'm not driving outa my way to shop. I do grab BOGO items, but only if it truly does save. Publix is great for BOGO's. It was time consuming, but well worth it. I saved $161.00!
The trick truly is to plan, make a list, follow it and also stop making unnesseccary trips to the store. I don't know about you, but I find it hard to run in for just 1 item without coming out with 5 or 6. That 4 dollar gallon of milk always seems to cost me 30 bucks.
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:56 AM   #65
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My new plan is to be better organized on my grocery shopping, do a little more meal planning. There is a Walmart (not a superstore) about 15 miles from here so I can get some good deals there if we happen to be in town. Otherwise I'll just need to check the flyer for the store in town here, it's very limited for groceries in our little village - without having to drive to another village for approximately the same prices. I'll just need to be more creative with the meals. I've learned a lot of things though from keeping up on reading the posts - little tidbits here and there. Thanks! :-)
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:03 AM   #66
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My new plan is to be better organized on my grocery shopping, do a little more meal planning. There is a Walmart (not a superstore) about 15 miles from here so I can get some good deals there if we happen to be in town. Otherwise I'll just need to check the flyer for the store in town here, it's very limited for groceries in our little village - without having to drive to another village for approximately the same prices. I'll just need to be more creative with the meals. I've learned a lot of things though from keeping up on reading the posts - little tidbits here and there. Thanks! :-)
BJ's and Best Yet in Riverhead sometimes have some bargains and your Walbaums and nearby King Cullen also sometimes have some nice specials.
King Cullen's corn flakes are quite a bit cheaper than Kelloggs and seem to be just as good. Some of IGA's store brand stuff is usually pretty good.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:07 PM   #67
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I'll start a new thread here, since the How do you save money in the kitchen? thread got really long.

Aside from coupon cutting (which probably most of us already do), post other ways of how you've been able to save your money at the grocery store, that can help others as well.
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Here's one of my best tips:

Whatever beef is priced lowest, ask the butcher to grind it for your ground beef. There's one area of my store that has steaks/roasts for a very low price that week. It's always less than ground beef. So, last week we had rib-eye ground beef for $1.79/lb rather than the $4.29/lb regular ground was asking, and I've also had Tri tip ground lately for $1.99/lb.
I also do this with chicken, when they have boneless marked really low.

Because I do this each week, I've also gotten to know my butcher well, which is always a good thing
This is something I never even considered and it is brilliant! I found boneless chuck roast on sale for $1.99 a pound yesterday and bought one that weighed 2 1/2 pounds. Had the butcher grind it for me and got 2 1/2 pounds of ground chuck for $5.00. The cheapest ground beef they had was $2.49 a pound. Thank you so much for sharing this.
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:59 PM   #68
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I think the best way to lower your grocery bill is to eat with the seasons. Not only will the food taste better but it will be cheaper. The other trick is to avoid as many processed foods as you can. I also stock up on sale item staples.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:15 AM   #69
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also, plant your own garden.......easy here in Houston.......can grow most stuff all year long until the summer heat comes along......and burns it up...........
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Aside from coupon cutting (which probably most of us already do), post other ways of how you've been able to save your money at the grocery store, that can help others as well.
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Here's one of my best tips:

Whatever beef is priced lowest, ask the butcher to grind it for your ground beef.
I'm notorious for NOT reading an entire thread before I post, so this may have been tossed out already...

I find that - and while this is a hassle some days, it works - shopping for one or two meals at a time helps. That way I don't buy more than needed and stuff that is a "whim" and looks good....but don't actually need it or use it. I spend less money this way and I actually cook what I intended.

I'm gonna try the "grind" method. Thanks!
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