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June 30, 2011


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This really depends on where you shop. I tend to have to stalk the chicken breast deliveries (Thursdays, I asked) because my store will run out before the next delivery. This probably doesn't happen with larger stores. The one I frequent is rather small, but I hate the chaos of my other store option enough that I refuse to go there.

I know it seems obvious, but ONLY buy what you know you will eat or use! When my husband and I first bought our home, we stocked our huge walk-in pantry with a ton of things that we just knew we would need now that we were homeowner's that cooked. 2-3 years later, we threw away hundreds of dollars of wasted "staples". I have figured out that we generally only need 20 total ingredients in the house to make 90% of what we eat. We only stock up on about 10 staples now that we do truly eat 2-3 times a week.

Sounds good if you can make the time to do it. We are always exhausted on week nights. By the time we cook and eat dinner, it's almost time for bed...

@retirebyforty, when I shop during the week, it is on the way home. The deals are almost as good. :-)

Thanks for the tip, FMF. This is the first I've heard of this.

I have never heard that tip before! Thanks for the post.

It's worth reminding readers to always check unit pricing, as there can be staggering differences in unit prices between sizes of a particular product, and the large economy size often is not even close to the best deal, especially when a product is offered in more than two sizes.

Also, I plan perishables purchases around weekly supermarket ad scheduling. In my area, most supermarkets distribute their ads as newspaper inserts on Tuesday, to take effect Wednesday. So by shopping Tuesday, I know what the perishables will cost that day as well as what the new prices will be Wednesday, and purchase accordingly.

In-store specials on staples have a predictable (longer) cycle and are easy to anticipate and thus to plan around.

And please, unless you have a good reason to insist on a specific brand (yes, I have a few non-negotiable brand preferences), be willing to try store brands which frequently deliver great value and that's not a plug for Walmart which gets very little of my grocery dollar.

The other day I watched someone zoom past me and swipe off the shelf a can of Kraft parmesan cheese (2.98 for 8 oz) as I was putting a store brand can (1.98) in my cart. I've seen some astonishingly pathetic off-brands of grated cheese but I've never noticed any deficiency in any store brand.

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