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Know The Schedule

Stores get their perishables in regular shipments or they are made on-site on a fairly reliable schedule. Find a store manager and ask for the normal meat and bakery schedule. These items can only be sold for a few days so they often go on sale around the same time every week. My store, for instance, has meat on sale almost every Tuesday.

Join the Loyalty Program

Take a few minutes to join your stores loyalty program to get great savings. But, to get the most of this program, check the stores website for weekly e-coupons that you can load onto your card. A coupon without the clippings means easy savings.

BYOB

We are talking bags not beverages, sorry! Many stores give a discount for bringing your own, just remember to ask.

Start From Scratch

Products like beans and rice are much, much cheaper if you completely prepare them at home. Invest in a rice cooker and skip over the expensive instant rice. Beans can easily be cooked in a crockpot so save yourself the money of the pricey canned versions.

Coupons

You don’t need to be an extreme couponer to get some serious savings from your newspaper clippings. Start by knowing your stores policy, many will coupons double up to a dollar. If you used a few coupons every time you went to the store you can easily save $5 in that shopping trip. Do this each time you visit the grocery, at a rate of once a week, and you will save yourself $260 a year. Imagine how that number will skyrocket with each additional coupon you use.

Want some more couponing tips? Take a peek the awesome Couponing 101 article.

Frozen Over Fresh

Frozen produce is less expensive than its fresh counterparts and almost always nutritionally equal. Plus, you’re not going to be throwing anything out if you don’t use it in the next few days.

Other Ways To Save

  • Buy generic
  • Don’t go to the store hungry
  • Stick to your list
Check out our SAVE category for more great tips on how to stretch your budget.

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