Maybe I'm dumb. But when I'm perusing grocery aisles, what stands out to me? Stuff that's on sale. Yellow tags, red tags, closeout!, buy __ for $__!, save $__. I. love. it. all.
Actually I pay closer attention than just the bright colors. I don't buy what I don't need, so this tip does not mean a huge trip to the grocery store and stockpile everything that's marked down. It's about having a list of groceries you need, getting to the store, evaluating the section, and making an educated and smart pick.
For convenience reasons (it's on my way home from work), I do 50% of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's does not have sales, so I only buy basics from there that I know are less expensive but same/higher quality than other stores. I do the rest of my shopping at Whole Foods and Ralph's, sometimes Gelson's (but not too often, Gelson's is the highest priced of the 4). At the last three, I employ this tip!
Ralph's and other nation wide supermarket chains are the best for deals/savings. However, Ralph's and co. are the ones chock full of "danger" foods/snacks. Highly processed, highly unnatural, highly fat etc. foods, so I try to keep my shopping here at a minimum for health reasons. It's great for someone with more self control than me, but I happen to LOVE snacks, so Ralph's is huge temptation for me (check out my favorite snack blog, I'm obsessed with this kind of foodwww.theimpulsivebuy.com). Otherwise, have a club card (duh), buy what's on sale (notice the % savings though, a $0.10 savings is not a good one and barely worth it), and steer clear of the Oreos/Milanos/Flaming Hot Cheetos/Trolli Gummy Worms/Hot Pockets/Chips a Hoy etc (that one was me telling me).
Whole Food's has a reputation for being expensive, and full price merchandise really is. However if you buy seasonal product and specials/what's on sale, it will be around the same amount as a trip to Ralph's buying non-sale or only a few sale items. Seasonal is something I love doing. Going to the produce section, I'm rarely dead set on one thing. APPLES OR BUST. No, I go and see what's on sale and what is on sale is what is in season. In season produce tastes better, and has a higher quantity therefore lower price. I scan the section and buy what is on sale. My last trip, it was oranges and green grapes.
As mentioned before, I use this strategy for everything I need. I used produce as an example but say I need a cheese. Same process. With bread, with snacks etc. This is for the busy cheapskate who doesn't have a ton of time to gather and clip coupons. However, browsing the mailers doesn't hurt either, but my process is more time efficient, and it's definitely easier for me to make a good and frugal pick by scanning the selection when I'm physically at the supermarket.
Tip 6: Only buy what's on sale when grocery shopping. From my blog, Peasant Lyfe (http://peasantlyfe.blogspot.com).
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