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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Stretching Your Food Dollars

Stretching Your Food Dollars

If you are dealing with a tight budget, one way to generate additional dollars is to carefully stretch your food dollars. Begin by clipping coupons. Coupons can be found in the local newspaper as well as online. Supermarket circulars also contain special store coupons. Find out the store’s policy on doubling and tripling coupon values. Also ask if they allow “staking” which is when store coupons are coupled with manufacturer’s coupons.
To avoid duplicate purchases, do an inventory by checking what is in the refrigerator, cupboards and pantry. I keep a running shopping list, writing on it foods that I use. This way I don’t have to do a weekly inventory. To save time, I write my shopping list to correspond with the grocery store layout, so I don’t have to backtrack. Also I try not to go to the grocery store more than once a week as visits can become costly.
I try to shop early in the morning so that I can make good time through the grocery store. I usually stick to my list, so that I do not purchase additional items that I may not use.
When a sales product is out of stock, I find most stores will give rain coupons. No matter what the price is later, you are guaranteed the discount.
Examine endcaps. Often special deals, discounts and refund offers are displayed at the end of aisles. But be careful as they may not always be deals.
If it is helpful, bring along a calculator to compare prices and to keep track of what you are spending.


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