BY SHARON MILLS
-- SUPERMARKET-GROCERY SHOPPING TIPS --
-- Cut your food and grocery budget -- Strategies for low price shopping --
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10.0 SAVVY-DISCOUNTS COLUMNS BY SHARON MILLS, DEBI DRECKSLER, KATHY GILLIKIN
10.0.1 PLAY THE FIELD WHEN YOU GROCERY SHOP, DON'T "MARRY" ONE STORE - BY SHARON MILLS
While I'm not recommending you run around to every store in town, be familiar with and let a couple "court" you. I alternate between two supermarkets and find that one has better deals on meat, and the other is more likely to mark down produce or discontinue items. I keep the weekly newspaper flyers in my car, and since I rarely run out of a staple, I can wait till I see what I need on sale before I buy it. Even if I didn't have staples on hand, I could still plan menus around the sale items. The important thing to remember is DON'T BUY IT IF IT'S NOT ON SALE.
Then, I try to STRETCH what I've bought, just a little bit.
For example, I often buy cheaper cuts of meat and then marinade them. I noticed that when I made the marinade from a packaged mix, I always had a lot left over, a lot that had to be thrown out. Now, to a dollar mix I increase the water added to one cup but only use half of it. The other half cup, plenty for another steak dinner, will keep for a week or so in a jar in the refrigerator.
We've all been warned that often buying the giant economy size isn't really cheaper, but sometimes there are other advantages. For example, I buy 15 pounds of Electrasol dishwasher detergent for $7.97. Although this works out to only about half a cent cheaper per ounce than buying it by the box, the last container I bought lasted nine months of running the dishwasher three or four times a week. I never "ran out," so I didn't have to buy it when it wasn't on sale or shop when I might be tempted to buy something on impulse. Also, it comes in a great plastic bucket (with a lid) that I can use to wash the car or store bird seed, potting soil, etc.