Alan's Two Cents

Apr 16, 2008

Are you tired of being surprised at how fast your grocery bill adds up? If you are, I have some good news for you. I recently read an article in Consumer Reports (CR) that outlined some ways to slash your grocery bill. Here they are:
- Make a list. You will find that you are not buying any (or as many) extras that you don’t need anyway…in other words, follow your list! CR also mentions to not shop while you are hungry…makes sense.
- Pre packaged and pre-cut foods are going to cost more. Again…that makes sense
- Compare the unit prices of products. You might be prone to think that the larger item is less expensive; however, that is not always the case. Check the label of the product, where the unit price will be posted.
- Impulsive buys….don’t get suckered into buying the products at the checkout. Have a little self control! If you can’t resist, go to the candy aisle and buy a whole box….at least that way the unit price will be cheaper!
- Endcaps, which are the displays at the end of the aisle, are often not on sale says CR. Endcaps can also contain products that are about to expire, so make sure the product is good.

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