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October 10th, 2007, 09:41 AM
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Hi! I'm Lizzy, popping in from the July 06 PR. Hubby and I are currently on a big "Mega Budget" as we're calling it, to try and save up as much as we can so we can upgrade to a bigger house. The one we're in is ok for the one kid we have now, but we will outgrow it after the next one.

Anyway, I have a quick question... do you usually shop at one grocery store, or do you hit up a few every week depending on the sales and coupons for that week? And do you shop on Sundays, the day the sales change? I ask because a lot of times my grocery store is actually out of the sale items when I go... even if I'm there on a Monday or Tuesday morning!

Thanks for your advice!
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October 10th, 2007, 09:56 AM
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Most of us shop at multiple store in order to get the best deals. I usually shop on sundays, but most of my deals end on monday. If you get to a store that is out of something, ask for a raincheck.

You asked in the grocery challenge thread if you should wait til next month. thats totally up to you. the challenge is more of a way to challenge yourself than anything else. if you have a budget for the month, its never too late to work towards it
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October 10th, 2007, 10:01 AM
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Most of us shop at multiple store in order to get the best deals. I usually shop on sundays, but most of my deals end on monday. If you get to a store that is out of something, ask for a raincheck.

You asked in the grocery challenge thread if you should wait til next month. thats totally up to you. the challenge is more of a way to challenge yourself than anything else. if you have a budget for the month, its never too late to work towards it[/b]
Thanks for your reply! For some reason, I never thought about rainchecks at a grocery store. That's a good idea!!

Your response gives me another question, though... what's a typical monthly grocery budget for a family of 3? I'm sure I'm spending too much.
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October 10th, 2007, 10:03 AM
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Hi, Lizzy. Welcome to the board.

There are four grocery stores that I shop at, depending upon the sales for the week. They're all pretty close by so it's cost effective for me to do that. I don't have a specific day that I go. Most of the places around here are pretty good at keeping items in stock. The sales at the stores I go to change in the middle of the week and I end up going on the weekend most of the time just because it's easier that way.

If your store is out of the sale items, you can get a rain check so that when they ARE in stock, you can still get them for the sale price. Ask at the customer service desk for specifics relating to each store's rain check policy.

My advice about shopping different stores is this: Always look for the lowest price, even if that means going to a store for just an item or two. Shop the store's "loss leaders" -- sale items that are usually Buy One Get One Free(BOGO) or really priced to sell. They use these to lure you into the store in hopes that you'll pick up other things while you're there. Get in, pick up exactly what you set out to buy, and then get out. If you know you can find a better price for something, don't let convenience urge you to buy it for a higher price. You can start up a price journal that lists the lowest non-sale price you can find for products so that you know whether a sale somewhere else is a good deal or not.

Hope that helps. And if you have any more questions, we're always here.
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October 10th, 2007, 10:06 AM
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we usually say 100-125 per person. however you can get it WAY less than that


so for you I think a good starting point would be 375
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The "average" budget for groceries is $100 per month per person. But there are people who can get by on quite a bit less than that. Kim (the other host of the board) is great at getting alot of groceries for almost nothing.
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Another option.... you can find out if one store will price match another grocery stores items. My Hy-Vee will price match Cubs but Cubs won't price match Hy-Vee! I still usually end up going both places though because I get a gas discount for every $10 I spend at Cub .... and that can add up quick!
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I normally shop at one place because even with "sale" prices the commissary is cheaper. However I will go to another store if their loss leader beats out the Commissary.
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The "average" budget for groceries is $100 per month per person. But there are people who can get by on quite a bit less than that. Kim (the other host of the board) is great at getting alot of groceries for almost nothing.[/b]
I try anyway.


I shop at several stores, and I do exactly what Teri described: get in for the loss leaders, and then I get the HECK outta there!! I don't buy their other overpriced items. I *only* buy the things that they're losing money on, and I'm getting a great deal! I combine those deals with coupons, competitor coupons, and can end up getting out for about 60-80% less than full price.

BOGO's are great because if you have a coupon that is $/2 or two coupons for $/1, then you can use coupons for both items. If it's a /2 coupie--you're getting two! The store is choosing to charge you zero dollars and zero cents for the second item, but you're still buying it! Same for using two $/1 coupons--you're getting two items, so you can use two coupons! That can make things free or nearly free, depending on how good the coupons are! (for instance, there are currently 2.00/1 coupons for the quaker granola sweet & salty crunch bars; if you can find them BOGO for around 3.00, then you can knock a dollar off your total bill by using BOTH of those 2.00 coupons!!)

On my shopping days, I put the cooler in the van, have my coupons and lists, and I hit each of the four major stores (or less if there's one that doesn't have what I want that week) and I can get lots of food for very little by only getting the stuff that they're losing money on.

Another thing to consider is whether your stores take competitor coupons. Our publix (who also happens to have the best BOGO sales around here!) takes competitor coupons. Winn Dixie is famous for handing out 5/25 coupons and 10/50 coupons, so I'll take those to Publix, stock up on my BOGOs with coupons, and get out spending very little for what I get.
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October 10th, 2007, 06:13 PM
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I LOVE rainchecks! It gives me more time to track down coupons for the sale items! Sometimes I'll go in multiple times to get more rainchecks!
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Another thing to consider is whether your stores take competitor coupons. Our publix (who also happens to have the best BOGO sales around here!) takes competitor coupons. Winn Dixie is famous for handing out 5/25 coupons and 10/50 coupons, so I'll take those to Publix, stock up on my BOGOs with coupons, and get out spending very little for what I get. [/b]
I totally didn't know that. Do all the Pulix stores do that? And I have some Albertsons coupons that I think are $5/25 or something like that...will Publix take those too?
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Another thing to consider is whether your stores take competitor coupons. Our publix (who also happens to have the best BOGO sales around here!) takes competitor coupons. Winn Dixie is famous for handing out 5/25 coupons and 10/50 coupons, so I'll take those to Publix, stock up on my BOGOs with coupons, and get out spending very little for what I get. [/b]
I totally didn't know that. Do all the Pulix stores do that? And I have some Albertsons coupons that I think are $5/25 or something like that...will Publix take those too?
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Every Publix I've ever been to takes competitor coupons. Just ask at the customer service if you don't see a sign. Lots of stores do. Sweetbay will also take coupons from the other grocery stores.

(but they don't have bogo's like publix)
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