How you save money on groceries?

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Mar 9, 2009
 

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I will only buy things that are on sale. I also cut coupons out of sunday paper which only takes maybe 10 min. of your time.
The sad part is you have to get at least $2 in savings on the coupons to offset the cost of the paper.
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I found that since we have cancelled our subscription to the Press, we actually save money. I'm not making trips to the store every week to "get those special deals" that I may or may not actually need or use. I now only go when we need something, but even then I may still pick up some things that are on sale. I also look for the discounted foods - they are still good and with teenagers in the house, they go. Aldi's is a great place to save as well.
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Mar 9, 2009
 
I have a garden every year and can and dry fruits and veggies. I make my own spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and salsa. I go to Aldi's and then only buy the sale stuff at Hardings and Meijer's. You have to know the prices, because sometimes the "sale" stuff will cost more than the store brand. I also clip coupons. I love the get 10 for $10.00 and the 11th one is free. If it isn't something that we usually eat, I pass and don't get it. Also, I go to a small meat market at the corner of Sprinkle Rd and Wynn in Kalamazoo. Their meat doesn't have hormones or antibiotics and is cheaper that the supermarkets. If the discounted stuff at the supermarket still is within the date, I buy that if it's cheaper.
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Why don't people like Meijers ? I always thought they were like an american Walmart. The one in Grand Haven is on the land my grandfather owned....
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Just a heads up for you fellow Save a Lot or Aldi's shoppers....It's good and we buy lots of stuff there. Only two drawbacks
1. no coupons taken and they don't have much big name stuff anyways.
2. Good luck in the first week of the month. Jenny reloads lots of Bridge cards and they get a big run and you also chance or suffer the humiliation of following them out many times to nicer cars than you.

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Just a heads up for you fellow Save a Lot or Aldi's shoppers....It's good and we buy lots of stuff there. Only two drawbacks
1. no coupons taken and they don't have much big name stuff anyways.
2. Good luck in the first week of the month. Jenny reloads lots of Bridge cards and they get a big run and you also chance or suffer the humiliation of following them out many times to nicer cars than you.
TRUE. I had this chick ahead of me with fake nails, hair extensions, designer clothes, and an expensive cell buying some stuff one night. She whips out her bridge card, pays for her stuff. I had a bag of tortillia chips so I got out right after her to see her drive off in a shiny new black sports car.

W*T*F?

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Relax Alvin. I like the topic. I don't mean to bash her. It's just not always realistic to do what she recommends though. I have enough stress in my life, raising three kids as a single father, so I don't need the added stress of making lists and cutting coupons and driving all over hells half acre to find a $0.10 cheaper ham.
Just a matter of what stresses you, I guess. I find it stressful wasting money (when I know I can save a bit easily with coupons. Last week I spent $107.88 and saved $111.60 at Meijer. It took me about 2 hours that week to clip and file coupons, and make my list and pull the needed coupons based on what was on sale that I needed.$56 an hour for the preshopping work is worth it to me. Honestly, you can save really big money using coupons.

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Mar 9, 2009
 
makescents wrote:
I found that since we have cancelled our subscription to the Press, we actually save money. I'm not making trips to the store every week to "get those special deals" that I may or may not actually need or use. I now only go when we need something, but even then I may still pick up some things that are on sale. I also look for the discounted foods - they are still good and with teenagers in the house, they go. Aldi's is a great place to save as well.
I get extra copies of the press on Sunday so I can get more coupons. However, I do not EVER open the sale ads for the various stores anymore because I always found something I didn't even know I needed.

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Mar 9, 2009
 
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My problem? I clip them then don't need the product for awhile and then...the coupon expires. Or I lose them. lol. Not very organized at all.
Save-a-lot really Saves-my-Butt!
Try buying what is on sale when you have a coupon, whether you need it immediately or not. My "stache" is pretty large on items like cereal, and breakfast bars, because we go through tons of it.(5 kids) For instance, Nutrigrain bars were on sale for $1.50 a box. I added my coupons for 1.00 off 2 and got the boxes for $1.00 each. I bought 10, and won't need to buy more until the next sale.
The other nice thing about coupons and sale combo shopping is that you try new things. My kids are no longer bored with me buying the same food week after week.

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Mar 9, 2009
 
We had our first garden last year and we were able to can and vacumn seal many foods. I use my vacumn sealer all the time. It is just my husband & I, so alot of our frozen items can be cut down to our size and then sealed off to prevent freezer burn. I shop at Save A Lot and Meijers. I try to make a list of what meals we will be eating for the week and shop according. I also budget for snacks. But my question is, where can I find coupons. I have tried looking online, but I can't seem to find any good ones that I would use.

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Mar 9, 2009
 
Does anyone have any good recipes w/ only a few ingredients? I make Lasagna & Meatloaf on a pretty constant basis, but i'm having trouble finding good recipes w/ a few ingredients.
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You must have a lot of time on your hands. Make lists? Cut coupons? Drive all over? Not all of us are unemployed.
Actually it's fact that 'making lists' and sticking to them SAVES time and saves on impulse buying.

Then there are some of us whom multi-task. I cut coupons when I'm doing something else like talking on the phone.

Your insults say more about you then the person you responded to.

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Mar 9, 2009
 
Mickell wrote:
We had our first garden last year and we were able to can and vacumn seal many foods. I use my vacumn sealer all the time. It is just my husband & I, so alot of our frozen items can be cut down to our size and then sealed off to prevent freezer burn. I shop at Save A Lot and Meijers. I try to make a list of what meals we will be eating for the week and shop according. I also budget for snacks. But my question is, where can I find coupons. I have tried looking online, but I can't seem to find any good ones that I would use.
Try the Gr Press on Sunday. They usually have at least two inserts. You can also try the websites of products you enjoy. Many offer print off coupons, and or you can register for coupons to be mailed directly to your home. Try Smartsource.com as well.
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Relax Alvin. I like the topic. I don't mean to bash her. It's just not always realistic to do what she recommends though. I have enough stress in my life, raising three kids as a single father, so I don't need the added stress of making lists and cutting coupons and driving all over hells half acre to find a $0.10 cheaper ham.
It's a fact of life you can reduce stress by better Time Management. So you owe it to yourself and your kids to look into it. I've instructed LOTS of business owners on these concepts and measureably reduced stress. Many of these people probably have way more on your plate then you do. I'm not picking on you, just trying to help.

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Does anyone have any good recipes w/ only a few ingredients? I make Lasagna & Meatloaf on a pretty constant basis, but i'm having trouble finding good recipes w/ a few ingredients.
Sausage Gravy w/ biscuits - 4 ingredients if you use canned biscuits - sausage, flour, milk & biscuits. My family loves it, and if you add some fruit on the side you will have a pretty decent meal.

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Does anyone have any good recipes w/ only a few ingredients? I make Lasagna & Meatloaf on a pretty constant basis, but i'm having trouble finding good recipes w/ a few ingredients.
I throw chicken broth, cooked shredded chicken, great northern beans and salsa in the crockpot and cook all day on low. Add more broth for soup, and less for a bean dish. Tasty and very easy.
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TRUE. I had this chick ahead of me with fake nails, hair extensions, designer clothes, and an expensive cell buying some stuff one night. She whips out her bridge card, pays for her stuff. I had a bag of tortillia chips so I got out right after her to see her drive off in a shiny new black sports car.
W*T*F?
Lol - How do you think she can afford all that stuff! Don't knock it. It's called keeping the money you make. Most people who either suddenly come into money or start making more - start spending like they 'have it', instead of saving it or continuing to be 'frugal' with it. I work to hard to give it away too easy. Dang right I shop at Aldi's. Not all the time, not for everything - but why spend $1 on a box of Mac & cheese when I can get it for .25 (I think it's gone up). Or a loaf of bread for .79 instead of $1.89. I sale shop too - BUT the key is keep a 'pantry' or stock of things so you aren't forced into shopping weekly. I fill my freezer and that gives me more flexibility to shop sales when it's convenient. I'm not ususally under the gun to run to the store unless it's for Milk. My family teases me about having so much toilet paper or whatever but they're shocked if we DO run out of something. It takes a plan & Strategy to get to this point but it's less stressful and costly than going every week because you 'have to'.
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to= too. I really should proof my postings more......
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Mar 9, 2009
 
Mickell wrote:
Does anyone have any good recipes w/ only a few ingredients? I make Lasagna & Meatloaf on a pretty constant basis, but i'm having trouble finding good recipes w/ a few ingredients.
Do you mean other than lasagna & meatloaf? I & my kids like my meatloaf mixed with Stove Top. So easy - just add the stove top, a few eggs, water, ketcup - wala!

The family drools over my chicken casserole. Stove top layer - a few chicken breasts (boneless & skinless) Mozzarella cheese, another layer of stovetop and either Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom. Cook at 350 for 30 minutes covered - uncover cook another 30 minutes. Yum -I know what I'm makin' tonight.
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Sales and coupons.

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