I thought I would talk about shopping in depth. You will need to set aside a block of time to do this. Remember, you basically are getting paid for your trouble. If you spend an extra hour shopping,and you save 75.00 In the process, you are making 75.00 an hour, you would have to make an additional about twenty percent to net that 75.00. That's 90.00 dollars an hour!
Before you start, clean out the fridge and your bread bin and dump everything dead and note anything you need to use soon. Hopefully, you have done a quick mid week appraisal and used up things thar needed to be used soon.
First, take about ten minutes and gather the ads from the mail. Take a piece of computer paper and divide it into four. Mark each section with the grocery store on top. I have Safeways, Top, QFC, and Albertsons.
Now go through the ad, you are quickly looking for anyhing that is on your stock up list, and fresh fruits and veggies and meat that is a bargain. Jot down the item and the price. The quanity if appropriate for comparison. Mark it with a circled c if you need a coupon.
Now go through and mark off anything that is more expensive somewhere else, and anything you already have adequate stock of.
Now pick the two best stores. Plan your trip so you use the least amount of gas.
Take your savings list, coupons, and the ads.
Get in the store, get your food, and get out. The more time you spend in a sore, the more money you will spend.
I take a cooler bag with me to keep food cold between stores.
When you get home, put things away quickly. There are storage solutions that keep fresh foods fresh longer. It is an investment that pays for itself.
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Ps I hear A rumor that we are gettimg a WinCo in Edmonds!! Yeah.
I can only hot there once every six weeks or so because it is so far away. A