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April 19th, 2007, 12:38 PM
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DH and I would really like to save money at the grocery store.

How much do you spend?

Do you use a price book, if so how do you manage it?

ANY HELP is great!
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April 19th, 2007, 01:05 PM
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I budget $75 a week for groceries, which includes all personal care items and cleaning products. The pet food and baby care products are budgeted separately at $15 and $20 respectively. I had a crude pricebook back when money was really tight, but eventually I just knew the prices so I got rid of it.

I do have some tips for saving on groceries:

1. Use coupons. Most of the topics on this board show the huge savings you can get when you use coupons.

2. Coordinate your coupons with sale items.

3. Don't buy things on sale just because they're on sale or because you have a coupon. If you'd never buy the item without the sale or coupon, don't bother.

4. Make a budget and stick to it! Bring just that amount of money so you know you can't go over.

5. Plan out your meals in advance. Work with what you already have in your house and buy specific items just for those meals.

6. Make a list. Randomly grabbing up food is going to add up fast. Make sure you know what you need so you don't buy what you've already got on hand and so you don't forget something you need.

7. Buy generic for things you're willing to compromise on. I like name brand food but I do buy generic things such as paper plates, tea bags, trash bags.

8. Be willing to shop different stores. If there's a great sale, it could be worth it to drive a few extra minutes for just a few items.

Okay, that's all I can think of off the top of my head. I know other people will add plenty of tips as well. Hope that helps!
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