Thrifty Tips Thursday! Grocery Store Tips :-)

I’ve had some great Thrifty Tips emailed to me from the Mary Kay giveaway, keep them coming! These tips all have to do with groceries.

Lee Ann said:

My #1 thrifty tip is to buy no name grocery/household items. Most of the time you can’t tell that it isn’t the name brand soup you are using to make a casserole or the name brand toliet paper you are flushing down the toliet. You can save so much in one cart of groceries by just buying no name things, usually $0.25-$2.00 depending on the item.

My #2 tip is to learn when your grocery store does meat and bread mark downs. I can often find bread items marked down to half price since they are 2 days to their expiry date (still fine if you throw them in the freezer!) and the same with meat, they are usually marked down $1 off 2 days before expiry or $2 off 1 day before expiry (again as long as you throw them in the freezer they are fine!).

What great ideas! Most store brand items really do taste the same (I am picky on a few things – but not many!) I love the bread and meat mark down tip. For those of you with freezer space, this could save you a lot of money!

Janet said:

Ask the grocery store manager if they have unadvertised specials.

That is a great tip! I found that many stores have a special section that has unadvertised deals. Usually these sections are out of the way and most customers do not see them.

Carrie said:

Hi! I just wanted to email you my thrifty tip/comment. Each day I pick one product or item that my family uses on a regular basis, could be a shampoo or food item. I then go to the website of that product and click on the “contact us” link. I leave a simple comment letting them know how much I like their product. I also sometimes ask if they can point me to any special deals or coupons. In return, about 75% of the time, they thank me for taking the time to contact them, and more often then not send me a coupon for a free item in return! If it isn’t a free item, then they usually send a coupon for a certain amount off. It is great!

What an excellent idea! I recently contacted Campbells and they sent me a $1 coupon for anything they make. That should get me some pretty cheap soup in the future!

Thanks for the tips 🙂

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1 Online Supermarket February 20, 2009 at 8:55 am

If you shop for groceries online I’d recommend using two or three grocery stores. The ones you are not using will send you vouchers to entice you back. So if you keep rotating you’ll have a steady supply of money-off vouchers!


2 Debbie February 20, 2009 at 6:06 pm

These are great tips! Thanks.


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