8. Buying in Bulk at Shopping Clubs- Buying clubs like Cosco or Sams Club are great places to buy items you use in bulk like cleaning products, laundry soap, health and beauty supplies, paper goods, cereals, spices, juice and cheese.
9. Do Not Buy Non Grocery Items At The Grocery Store- The prices on these items tend to be quite a bit higher at the grocery store. Batteries, cleaning supplies, laundry soap, charcoal, lighter Fluid, automotive supplies and health and beauty items would be good examples of items I would not buy at the grocery store.
10. Bring a Small Calculator- Sometimes you need to check prices on bulk pricing versus smaller packaging. It amazes that sometimes the smaller package is actually the better deal. Using a calculator will also help you to keep track of how much you are spending.
11. Check The Actual Size of Containers- This was brought to my attention recently. In order to actually charge more for an item, some manufacturers are getting the same price for an item but putting less in the container. So you might have two containers of ketchup for example that are different brands but look the same in size. When you check the ounces you will see that one container has 16 ounces and the other has 14 ounces. The way they do this is to make an indentation in the bottom of the container.
12. Buy Store Brands When Feasible- Some items you buy can simply be cheaper by buying the store brand and doesn’t affect quality. Prime examples would be sugar, flour, salt, milk, cooking soups, and tomato sauce.
I also found out that major manufacturer’s package for stores under store brands so even though the item is a store brand it’s identical to the brand name. Once example of this is cream cheese, the easiest way to check this is by checking the ingredient listing on the brand name item and the store brand of the same item. Sometimes you will see that the ingredients are identical and in the same order.
13. Check Dollar Stores and Thrift Bakeries For Grocery Items and Breads-
This one floored me. I found that I can buy major brand in date bread at the dollar store instead of paying over $2.00 per loaf at the grocery store. Thrift bakeries are also a good place to buy breads and snacks at reduced prices. The Dollar stores also carry canned goods, grocery items and health and beauty items at much reduced prices along with things like birthday cards. One point I need to make here…not all dollar stores are dollar stores. For example at Dollar Tree everything is a dollar. At other dollar stores this is not the case.
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