Shopping Tips

  • Know your prices – just because an item is on “sale” doesn’t mean that it is at the best price.
  • Shop multiple outlets – traditional and discount grocers, warehouse clubs, specialty stores, farmers markets – all can yield great values if you know the best prices for an item.
  • Rethink coupons – I know lots of people that swear by coupons.  However, my experience has been that they are almost all for highly processed convenience foods, foods that we don’t generally eat. The time it takes to sort through for the occasional cheese or frozen vegetable coupon just isn’t worth it for me.
  • Bank the budget – when I have months that come out under budget, I save the remaining money for those times when I have to stock the pantry or for when produce is expensive
  • Get creative – think about how foods can be used, especially as leftovers to minimize waste.

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