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Old 09-04-2008, 03:05 PM   #1
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Question How do you lower your grocery bill?

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

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Old 09-04-2008, 03:09 PM   #2
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I go to Super Walmart for most of my canned/dry goods.
Some things can be a dollar or more cheaper if you buy thier store brand.... and really, I doubt even WalMart can screw up raisins....
I won't buy thier produce, its not any cheaper, its never very fresh.... and the only meat less expensive there is the whole chickens... I buy 2 at a time at 90 cents a lb.
And I only buy meat when they have buy one get one free sales at the regular grocery store, and stock up the freezer. Usually have enough to last til the next one, and then some!
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:39 PM   #3
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One thing that helps indirectly, 1 of our grocery stores gives gasoline discounts for shopping there. Now the more you spend, the more they give off per gallon. We got over $0.20 off per gallon recently.

We are fortunate to have 1 grocer across the street from another so they are usually competitive on prices.
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:45 PM   #4
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A list and sticking to it......period......NOTHING else.
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not even a snickers?
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:51 PM   #6
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The place I shop gives gas discounts too pugger, Giant Eagle. I routinely get between .40 and .90 off/gal because I shop more than I drive (lol). I've got .60 on there now I will be using up in the next couple days. And for anyone wondering, they charge the same price/gal as any other nearby gas station, so it truly is a nice savings.

And like I said before, I pretty much only buy what's on sale and buy a lot of it. I've got enough pasta (variety) at $1/box to last me through winter. I seriously need a pantry.
Was that Mama that had the awesome pantry?
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:52 PM   #7
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I said it before and I'll say it again: Buy larger cuts and butcher them yourself. Buy whole chickens and remove the skin and bones yourself rather than paying extra for the butcher at the store to do it. Or buy larger "family packs" and freeze the rest.

I stay away from processed and organic foods because they are so expensive. I can put that savings towards a better cut of meat or more of something else I really enjoy.
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:59 PM   #8
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A list and sticking to it......period......NOTHING else.

This works for me too. Make my meal plan/list and try not to look around the shelves.

I also shop at a store that offers gas discounts. I use my daughter's card so that she can use the discount. Figure I'll be paying for her gas one way or another!
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LOL BS!!!
(bowlingshirt that is.......)
My other thought was leave DH at home!!!
He goes with me I SWEAR its another $75 at least..... I'm a cheap date.
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