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hard. Where do you go? Who can you trust? This website is comprise
of online Retailers that we ourselves have used. Though a small selection,
you can trust that you too will find reliable retailers
online can offer both convenience and choice. With a click of your
mouse, sitting at your computer, you can be buying goods and
services from home. No queues or crowds, no traffic and no need to
worry about the weather.
And in most
cases your shopping experience should be no more risky than buying
by mail order or on the phone. But you need to be aware of possible
dangers and should take certain precautions to make shopping across
the internet safe.
Grocery Shopping Tips...
Let's face it Grocery Shopping is every American
families most expensive shopping bill. Here are some tips from shoppers
like you around the country and how they have managed to save and shop smart.
Kroger Gives Away Food
Any item that is found on a Kroger shelf (meat, produce, etc.) with an expired
date can be taken to the customer service desk and a fresh one willbe given to
you, free of charge.
Veronica Winley, GA
When I go to the grocery store I have a list which I stick to. I also clip
coupons out of the Sunday paper and out of the store circular. If items do not
have to be bought right away and my coupons have no or extended expiration dates
I save them until the store advertises them on sale and combine the coupons. The
warehouse stores (e.g.Price club,Costco) are great for buying bulk items like
toilet paper for much less money than the grocery store.
Stacey Lobel, FL
Divide grocery list into categories: Meat, Produce, Dairy, Baking, Frozen,
Canned, Dry Goods, Cleaning, & Miscellaneous. The back of the list shows
Monday-Friday. When creating the bulk of the list note activities on the
appropriate days; shows if preparation time is limited or if need to be done by
a certain time. Plan meals; showing cook book & page #. Write needed
ingredients on the shopping list. When shopping write down the price of items
rounded to the nearest $.05. You can add up before you get to the checkout. The
meal schedule on the back side hangs on the fridge so family knows what's for
dinner each night and they don't snack on a main ingredient.
Terri Wilson, CO
January '98 Tip of the Month
Every week I receive sale flyers from all our local grocery stores in the mail.
I used to run to each store and purchase the items I needed that they had on
sale. I got smart and started shopping at our local Walmart Supercenter which
honors all other store sales ads. I just present my sale flyers at the check
out. Doing this and using coupons my grocery bill is an average of $45.00 less a
Paula Clements, TX
While at the grocery store, ideas cross our minds about how the store could
improve their services, additional products that could be added, etc. Grocery
store managers love to hear these ideas! When I've taken a moment to drop them a
note, they've been very appreciative and I've often received a $5.00 gift
certificate as a thank you!
Jill Blance, MI
Save 20% on your groceries!
Many food cooperatives offer discounts for members who volunteer. I'm an at-home
mom who works six to eight hours a month at home at my convenience. In return, I
receive 20% off my total grocery bill. When this is combined with bulk buying
and sale items, this can add up to big savings. (I also don't buy convenience
foods which also saves big bucks.) I write action letters and proofread but
member work can be tailored to your talents.
Mary-Catherine McElroy-Fuchs, MA
My kids love flavored oatmeal, but it's too sweet & expensive! I buy a few
boxes when it's on sale, plus a large canister of plain, store-brand oatmeal.
Add 2-3 packets of the flavored kind to the plain canister. It lasts forever!
(Use a 1/3 cup measure for one serving) When the canister is empty, it makes a
great toy box for small toys, kitchen canister for flour, sugar, etc, or use it
as a gift box! Just glue wrapping paper onto the outside of the canister (or use
pretty contact paper) and add a label or gift bow to the plastic cover.
Kathy Valenzuela, TX
I volunteer for a local weekly community meals program for the needy. Besides
the "service benefit," the volunteers receive a free meal and are
always "asked" to take home 2 - 4 loaves of bread. There is also
frequently bags of bagels and pastries available for the volunteers. I've talked
to volunteers in other communities and it seems that the grocery stores who
donate the food for a tax deduction always give more bread products than the
local programs can use.
Jim Hasse, CA
Watch for sales in all your store papers each week to see what would be your
better price for the products you want to buy that week. Look for sales and
match with a coupon to even get better savings. Plus some times you can even
find a rebate form on some items too. But sometimes you can find items on sale
and get a good buy even without a coupon. I love to coupon and rebate plus I
share my products with my family to.
Monalisa Fisk, OH
Quick Shopping List
Save several grocery receipts. From these receipts, prepare on your computer a
generic grocery list, sorted either alphabetically or by department. Use three
columns, one to contain the item name, another to place a check mark indicating
if it is a coupon item, and another with a blank line for the "write
in" items that are not frequently purchased. Print two sets of grocery
lists to a page, in landscape format (11 x 8.5). Make several copies. The next
time you shop, just highlight with a marker or circle the items you need to
purchase. This method also serves as a quick reminder and eliminates unnecessary
Coni Esposito, CA
Saving on Babywipes
I used to buy the cheapest baby wipe available in the store, but they are
usually very thin, so now what I do, I buy Huggies, which is very thick, then I
cut them all in a half and put them back in the container. If the baby only had
a pipi diaper, I use half of the wipe, if the baby had a pupi diaper I use two
half wipes. This helps me save money.
Marla Allen, IL
Keep up with it
Keep a database of sales and loss leaders of items you frequently use, even if
you don't actually buy the item at that time. Often you will notice that a
pattern appears. For example, if you are going to need chicken breasts at some
time in the future, you can pull up your database and determine that someone has
them on sale about once a month.
Barbara Hibberd, TX
Cutting Your Budget
Before you leave the house, sit down and plan a menu for how long you want your
groceries to last. Then write up a shopping list from that menu. Planning is the
best way to cut your budget.
Karen Gosser, WA
Save Those Ingredients!
To keep your family from foraging on important ingredients for your weekly
recipes, put a fluorescent day-dot on the items that are to be used at a later
date. You can find these day-dots at any office supply store, or Wal-Mart in a
variety of colors. You can also color-coordinate your dots according to the
ingredients you need for a specific day (blue for Monday, pink for Tuesday,
etc.). These colorful dots will tell your family immediately: Hands Off! :-}
Lori Bowen, SC
Spices for less
I recently spent $10.00 on spices in the grocery store and I thought how
ridiculous! When I got home I cleaned out my spice cabinet and realized that I
had a lot of spices that were almost finished or had lost there freshness.I
washed the bottles and saved them. I am so glad that I did because when I went
back to the grocery store I noticed that the spices that come in a plastic bag
were 75% cheaper than buying the glass bottle spices. I also realized that if I
put the "unfresh" spices in the food processor their flavor came back.
I also use my left over spice jars for sauces, candy, or mini-leftovers or for
office supplies (e.g. paper clips, thumb tacks, etc.)
Stacey Lobel, FL
Out of sight
Having a pantry area and deep freezer in our basement has saved us money. Not
only can I buy in bulk, but I also keep unopened snack foods and drinks there.
When a family member comes into the kitchen looking for a snack, they usually
grab what's there instead of making an extra trip to the basement. Distance not
only makes the heart grow fonder, but the treats last longer!
Lianne Westcot, IA
Bulk section not always cheapest
Large supermarkets have "bulk" sections where selections from bins
which are sold according to weight or number. Many assume that they will save by
bagging and weighing their own dog biscuits, oatmeal, or cookies. Know your
prices! With coupons, sometimes the Quaker oatmeal in the nice-sized canisters
is actually cheaper per pound--at least that week. As items go on sale, with
coupons, sometimes the convenient packages of name brand products are at the
same price or less than bulk, without having to inconvenience yourself and
provide your own storage containers at home.
Kate Nash, NY
When grocery shopping, keep your eyes open for the small trial size boxes of
cereal. They are generally sold for under $1. The last time my store had trial
size cereal, the 9 oz box of Golden Grahams was 99 cents. The 18 oz box was
$4.15! You may be able to use a manufacture's coupon and save even more. But
don't wait until the next time you go to the store, because the cereal doesn't
Amy Bronkhorst, MN
Knowing What You Will Spend at the Grocery
I keep a list of the prices of grocery items from my grocery receipts in a
spreadsheet. Then when I sit down to make my grocery list, I have the list of
prices and the sale flyer for the grocery store. I plan meals based on what is
on sale and add any other items we need. Then I go back and put the prices of
the items next to each item. If I have gone over budget, I cross off items or
plan different meals so as not to go over our budget. Then when I go to the
grocery store, I know exactly what to get and how much it will cost me. I also
don't buy anything not on my list.
Trisha Farrell, NM
A great idea for grocery shopping is to go in the mornings because not only are
they selling the bakery goods at reduced prices from the day before but they're
also reducing the meats in bulk and that really adds up.
Tina Smith, TX
If you remove the front page of greeting cards received (the back is usually
blank) it works very well when used as a grocery list. I can attach coupons with
clips and shop. Also very useful to use as score cards when playing games such
as dominos. I have used envelopes that would normally be thrown away, as grocery
lists for years. Coupons can be held inside until you use them. The weight of
the card is preferred though.
N. Lyon, NY
Better than Warehouses
After years of warehouse shopping, my family recently dropped our membership due
to rising fees & prices, crowded noisy stores, dodging forklifts and, worst
of all, terribly long check-out lines. Our stress-free solution to getting good
deals: restaurant supply houses! Great prices, fresher produce, friendly
service, easy parking and no lines. Many restaurant supply stores happily sell
to the public with no membership fees. Besides all this, the selection is
better: gallons of molasses, bags of instant pudding mix, many varieties of
flour and paper goods, for example. Plus they're great places to find appliances
and gifts for serious cooks.
Deb Keller, CO
Self-Imposed Grocery Exile
Every once in a while, my shelves get way too full of groceries. I have a
grocery exile! I limit my weekly purchases to things I run out of or perishable
items. I give myself $10.00 a week (family of 3). I do this for a month to six
weeks. I get rid of all the things I stocked up on and save money too. Coming up
with new recipes is fun as well! Anyone can do this and can easily change it to
fit their own family's needs.
Tamara Rutenber, FL
Cook freezer meals to avoid the urge for fast food after a long day at work or
away from home. What I do is make extra quiches, lasagnes and the like and
freeze them. After a long day at work I remove them from the freeze, pop into
the oven and viola! Dinner is served.
Kitty German, CA
Locating Grocery List
Instead of keeping your grocery list somewhere in the kitchen, keep it in your
purse or wallet ... then you'll never go to the store without it.
Jennifer Coy, CA
Foolproof Lunch Box
My husband was always forgetting his "brown bag" lunch, so I created a
permanent lunch box to keep in the refrigerator at work. In a rubbermaid type
container, I included all kinds of sandwich meat, condiments, snacks, even some
breakfast items for those "running late" mornings, and some plastic
cutlery. He keeps bread on hand and always has an emergency lunch. No more
excuses for eating out!!!
Lori Southerland, GA
Grocery Shopping for Bakery Items
You can really save a lot on your grocery bill by finding a bakery thrift shop
in your area. The thrift store where I live is a Wonder/Hostess store and has
bakery items whose "purchase by" date is either the current day, or
the day before. You can buy Wonder bread (normally $1.69 to $1.89 at a regular
store) for .45! Hostess products that are individually sealed that sell for
$2.99 and higher in the regular stores can be purchased for $1.00! I find this
to be a great savings on my grocery bill.
Sandy Basham, VA
When you make a nice meal for your family DOUBLE IT and put the 2nd half in the
freezer. I've always done this with Lasagna but last night I did it with Apple
Crisp too. It took me about 6 extra minutes (cutting apples, putting it
together, and wrapping it for freezing) but it just needs to come out and be
baked. Many of our meals could be prepared this way for days when we are too
busy to cook. Saves lots of Fast Food dashes and $$$.
Denise Waterworth, CA
Buy it 4 Less
If you can shop early in the mornings (1 to 2 hours after grocery store has
opened) look for meats, produce, bread, and bakery items that have been reduced
down from previous day. Also this usually ensures they will have sale items on
hand from previous nights stocking of shelves. Shop first day of sale to get
better quality meat and produce. Many times "sale" items are of less
quality but by shopping first day you get left over product that wasn't supposed
to be part of sale.
Gary Miller, AZ
Save 5% on Grocery Shopping
If you buy gift certificates at your supermarket, you usually get a 5% discount
on large purchases. Pool your money with a few friends so you can purchase the
amount needed for the discount.
Brenda Melstein, NY
I love it when coupons come out in the Sun. paper. I go through them and cut out
what I use and need, usually Fred Meyers have store coupons on name brand items.
You can use the manufacturers coupons on the Fred Meyers store coupons and get
twice the amount off. I usually do this on cereal as they will have a coupon for
2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios for $4.00, I have a manufacturers coupon for $1.00
two boxes so I have paid $3.00 for two boxes of name brand cereal. I never buy
cereal unless it is on sale and I have a coupon.
Vickie Laird, ID\