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.