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Grocery Savings Tips From Real Simple

Real Simple's Tips For Saving on Your Grocery Bill

In its May issue, Real Simple introduced a new feature called Moneywise that mostly included little tidbits that you Savvy gals would consider old news, but I thought their gathered tips on saving at the grocery store were worth sharing with you. Grocery savings is one area that doesn't get old for me and I like hearing refresher tips to keep in mind while I'm at the store. Markets can be overwhelming at times — they're crowded, too bright, and there's stuff everywhere — it's enough to make me want to grab the first items I see, no matter the price, and go. Because those store trips can be frustrating at times, it's important to be armed with savings strategies that become simple habits. To see Real Simple's tricks to filling up your cart without emptying your wallet just

  • Purchase oranges, onions, and potatoes in bags rather than individually. You'll pay roughly half the price since those items are staples that will get eaten before going bad.
  • Don't buy nongrocery items at the supermarket. Health and beauty goods are usually cheaper at mass-market retailers, like Target, and you'll find the best deals on paper products at warehouse clubs.
  • Opt for frozen seafood over fresh. Some vacuum packed seafood can cost 20 to 40 percent less than at the fish counter. Real Simple reminds us that most fresh fish has been previously frozen during transport, anyway.
  • Buy ground beef and chicken breasts in bulk or family-size packages. It will save you 20 percent on ground beef and 50 percent on chicken.
  • Find out an item's cost per unit (CPU). It's on the sticker next to the price and will tell you an item's cost per pound or ounce.


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discocactus discocactus 9 years
Real simple lives up to it's name...
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Thank you for this list!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Use coupons and buy sale items! I too have a lack of storage space, so to save money Mom and I go to warehouse stores and 'split' the items that we need that we both use.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
those really are GREAT tips - i'm going to make sure to pay attention to things like that the next few times i go to the store. i never thought about some of those things - but you know, there's something to be said about potentially saving money just by thinking.
Advah Advah 9 years
Interesting, I usually do the opposite with #1 because the CPU is cheaper that way!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I think #2 is a great point. I often end up picking up beauty/hair products at grocery stores because I can't be bothered to make another trip elsewhere but realize it is actually more expensive!
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Good tips! However, doing things like buying a prepackaged bag of oranges doesn't always work if you don't think you're going to finish it. I LOVE looking at the CPU because then I can feel better about buying one brand over another.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Great reminder.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
Good tips, but I can't use a lot of them because I live in NYC and lack the space to store larger portions of things. I order my groceries online and have them delivered - luckily I can still save money because the company I order from has comparable or lower prices than my local supermarkets, plus weekly specials, discounts for their preferred customers, and a huge discount on delivery fees if you order unlimited delivery for six months!
bebeisis bebeisis 9 years
Me too, I do all of the above with no problems.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Superstore is the bomb! They have groceries for cheap AND they also have the cheapest drugstore beauty products I can find!
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I can do all of these except for the frozen fish :-x
MindayH MindayH 9 years
yeah...kind of old news, but good to have a reminder every once and a while
anaisethenry anaisethenry 9 years
I already do all those things, I usually end up freezing the chicken I won't use immediately..
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tips!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I've gotten good deals on non-beauty items by waiting for sales and then using coupons as well. I usually do the onions and the frozen fish thing.
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