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Grocery savings sans couponing
There are multiple ways to save at the grocery store beyond the major couponing craze. By asking store employees and management a few questions, you can save.
1. Know your store’s coupon policies: Check your store’s website to see if they offer special deals with coupons, such as doubling coupons on certain days of the week or whether they allow stacking manufacturer coupons and store coupons together.
2. Use the store’s loyalty program: Find out which stores have loyalty programs that offer cash back or extra coupons for members.
3. Stock up at dollar stores, outlets and closeouts: These stores often carry some name-brand items that are the same quality as the ones at full-price stores. Stock up on items you know you will use often.
4. Find the final markdowns and clearance: Sometimes the trick to scoring bargains is knowing where to look. Ask where the clearance section is or how a store identifies marked-down items so you know what to look for.
5. Understand multiples and BOGOs: Figure out whether a store’s deal for multiple items applies only if a certain amount is purchased. If you don’t need 10 bottles of sports drink for $10, see if you can still buy 3 for $3 at the same discounted price.
Scary stats on food inflation
You’re not imagining it. Your grocery bill is getting bigger, even if you’re not buying more.
· The cost of groceries increased 4.2 percent from July 2010 to July 2011, according to the Consumer Price Index.
· The cost of ground beef increased 11.5 percent since July 2010, according to the USDA, with a chance to rise another 7 percent to 8 percent this year.
· Pork cost 7.3 percent more in July 2011 than it did in July 2010.
· Chicken prices are up 2.7 percent from July 2010.
· Turkey prices jumped 7.1 percent from last year.
· Fish prices were 7.9 percent higher in July this year. The USDA expects prices to spike even more this year due to the effects of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake.
· Fresh vegetable prices increased at a pace of 5.9 percent this July over last year.
· Fresh fruit is up 7.9 percent from last year.
Since we’re not going to stop eating any time soon, here are some other steps you can take to save on groceries. Follow the links to articles with more details.
1. Use coupons.
2. Buy in bulk.
Fresh food costs less
Extreme couponers, keep your printouts for processed products. We’ll go ahead and save on fresh produce, thanks very much.