Yesterday we talked about protein. It's really a given that veggies and fruit we buy when they are on season. Each es are really cheap about now. Our nice neighbourhood gave us cukes out of her garden.
Pasta I buy when it's on sale, preferably with a coupon. I have got it as cheap as .38. Pasta has a very long shelf life so ot pays to buy it only when its on sale with a coupon. We don't load up on pasta, and none of us are overweight.
Groceries in the cheap works on the premise that you never pay full price for anything, Of you can get your core ingredients for 1/1/2 price or less, you can eat better for less. This takes a little organizational work in the beginning, but the work is well rewarded in savings.
- First , identify the inexpensive sources of protein that your family will eat. It's a given that of your family won't eat something, it's not a bargain at any price.
- Now, list 7-14 dinners that use these sources of protein.
- Identify the staples ( shelf ready or frozen ) you use to make your dinners, For us, that is refried beans, pasta, pasta sauce. Beans. Green beans, diced tomatoes, some chili and chicken noodle soup, instant mashed potatoes, Tuna, clams, frozen veggies, cheese. This is usually a list of about 10-15.
- Track these prices. Some use a spread sheet, some a notebook they can carry with them. The object is to buy low and eat high. This is not an original concept. Stock traders use that principle . You want to get a feel for when things go on sale and buy enough to last you until it goes on sale again. Stores work on a 8-12 week cycle, Fred Meyers works on a monthly cycle for dairy it's getting harder because prices are rising,
- The biggest advantage you can have is to know your prices. My mother used to say, some people could have a bargain get up and bite them in the butt and they wouldn't see it. Don't be that person. LOL
When the ads come out, analyze the ads and write down the prices at each store. I take a piece of scratch from the computer stand and divide the paper into four ( now three) stores. Now, record the price of
- The "loss leader" protein
- Any perishable that is a good price ( produce and dairy
- Any stock item on your list that is a good price.
Now, pick the best two stores and get what you need. Bring the ad, your list, and any coupons you have. You can check a coupon matchup site and pull coupons . -- that's another blog! LOL
Get in the store , get your list and anything you really need and get out the more time you spend in a store, the more you will spend. There os another blog on the tricks retailers don't want you to know.
Guess that's all for today.
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