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Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 2/19/2011 6:15 PM EST
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I have found that many stores have mark down sections. 
Check the produce area for fresh vegetables that no longer look as pretty as they once did.
Vegetables like this are great for soups and stews.
The produce area may also have fruits that are just ripe or a bit past prime.
Fruits like this are great for cobblers, sauces and or butters.  Home  made apple butter is so easy and very tasty. Also fruits that are ripe or a bit over ripe are great for a smoothie. Bananas freeze well and can be used for all sorts of things.
The meat counter also has it's share of bargains. 
Meat that has reached it's sell by date is often marked down. I found my Christmas Beef Rib Roast for $3.99 a pound rather than the $5.99 a pound it was on sale for.  bought 2, cut one into steaks and froze the bones for soup.  Served the other one for Christmas dinner. Sam's Club is a great place to find mark downs on meat. (Costco does not mark down they donate to shelters.)

Shop after holidays for other bargains.  A ham purchased after Thanksgiving or Easter can be cut into chunks, frozen and then made into soup or sliced for sandwiches.

Anybody else have any secrets they want to share?

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posted at 2/19/2011 7:14 PM EST
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Ifrequently mention gettingmark downsof50% inourinstore bakery.
Almond biscotti ( reg. up to $5.59# are often $1.99#  Last week, hubby, got  raspberry Danish ring for only $2...Ourstoreisvery careful to sell only still good baked goods; but they won't last long.You must either use them up fast or pkg. in airtight containers & freeze for up to a month.Thaw them outcovered at room temp or microwave just enough  to thaw & make slightly warm; ( 10 -60 seconds per serving/We call them" fresh& hot from the oven"Wink
We also buy marked downn produce ; though I am aware that they contain less vitamins & minerals than fresh produce.They still have lots of fiber & go a long way to filing  us up on less calories.

Our store also sells cans & boxes( dented & torn) at reduced prices. I avoid these for fear of contamination, botulism in cans & who knows what in unsealed boxesUndecided.
If you trust your store & need to cut back on  your  food costs; this might be  a good way to cut costs.Just realize the possible risks & that your purchase will not last as long as"fresh" merchandise.Money mouth
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I have found that many stores have mark down sections.  Check the produce area for fresh vegetables that no longer look as pretty as they once did. Vegetables like this are great for soups and stews. The produce area may also have fruits that are just ripe or a bit past prime. Fruits like this are great for cobblers, sauces and or butters.  Home  made apple butter is so easy and very tasty. Also fruits that are ripe or a bit over ripe are great for a smoothie. Bananas freeze well and can be used for all sorts of things. The meat counter also has it's share of bargains.  Meat that has reached it's sell by date is often marked down. I found my Christmas Beef Rib Roast for $3.99 a pound rather than the $5.99 a pound it was on sale for.  bought 2, cut one into steaks and froze the bones for soup.  Served the other one for Christmas dinner. Sam's Club is a great place to find mark downs on meat. (Costco does not mark down they donate to shelters.) Shop after holidays for other bargains.  A ham purchased after Thanksgiving or Easter can be cut into chunks, frozen and then made into soup or sliced for sandwiches. Anybody else have any secrets they want to share?
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posted at 2/19/2011 7:27 PM EST
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I always look for meat mark downs.  I just have to hide the label from my husband.  He thinks they are not any good.  But he will buy marked down baked goods.

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posted at 2/19/2011 8:17 PM EST
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Meat mark-downs are great if you have room in the freezer.  After the holidays our stores usually mark down things like turkey and ham.  I noticed even Target had the spiral sliced hams at 99 cents per pound.  I usually try to get a ham, turkey or turkey breast after Christmas since I know I will need it for Easter. 

Also after Christmas is when some of the baking goods go on clearance.  Great bargains on candied fruit(which can be frozen), nuts and spices help keep down the cost of the next family get-togethers.  I've even found puff pastry and hams on clearance at Aldi's after the holidays.  Stored in the deep freezer it will keep for about a year.

I have noticed that a lot of stores will mark down items that are no longer being offered or the size is changing.  Some of them even have much longer expiration dates well into 2012 and 2013.  Of course when the size changes we'll all probably pay more for a smaller size on the next go round.  Things like garbage bags and paper goods will last indefinitely so if I find them on clearance I will stock up.

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posted at 2/19/2011 10:03 PM EST
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I buy in quantity when things are on sale and I also have coupons.  Get a lot of good buys this way.  I put a lot of items in the freezer.  Also items no longer being offered, as H.M. said.  There are a lot of good bargains there and the dates are long.  I have quite a bit of storage space in cabinets and in the freezer.  However, if I am stocking up on dry goods, peanut butter, jelly, etc. I make certain they have long dates since they will not all  be used right away.  Marked down fruits and veggies are good to purchase for a variety of things, soups, stews, banana bread, etc.



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posted at 2/19/2011 10:16 PM EST
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We have stores around my area that sell nothing but items that are close dated, discontinued items by the manufacturer or items that came from a case that was partially damaged.  These items are sold for a quarter of the price that you pay in the supermarkets, for example, cereal for $1.99 and the expiration date might be April 30, 2011 or dish soap for $1.50 just because 1 or 2 bottles were damaged in the case.  It's great and you certainly do save money shopping there!

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posted at 2/19/2011 10:42 PM EST
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I get my budgeted grocery $ the beginning of the month, so if I find a real good deal, I can stock up. Just this week I bought 10# of gr. chuck & 8 & 1/2 # of boneless top sirloin roast(3 roasts)for $$32.00. We will have roast 3 times & planned overs will be hot beef sandwiches & soup or stew depending the amount that is left. I will make (3) meatloaf, & have meat leftover for tacos, chili or whatever calls for gr. beef. I figure 17 to 19 dinners for 2.
 I bought (limit 3 doz.) lg eggs for $ .99 each(reg. price $1.69) & will make a whole loaf of french toast (will freeze most) & I got the loaf of bread marked down 1/2 off.

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posted at 2/20/2011 12:03 AM EST
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I have purchased bargains for years

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posted at 2/20/2011 8:04 AM EST
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BOGO's and markdowns are the best!!!

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posted at 2/20/2011 9:06 AM EST
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I shop for reduced items all the time,just recently I bought air freshener spray for 9 cents a can,a mark down plus a coupon.By shopping store sales and using coupons I never pay more than 50% and some times not even that.I do shop for marked down meats and produce items.I buy canned fruits and vegetables when on sale and I have coupons.We eat fresh produce during the warm months when it is at a fraction of the cost of the colder months.We eat canned or frozen during the winter when the cost goes up.I never pay full price for any meat it is bought on sale.I make a lot of our food from scratch.When dry goods go on sale I stock up.Right now I have 20#of egg noodles which I paid 50 cents a piece for.I have about 30# of pasta which I paid about 50 cents a pound for they have expiration dates of about 2 years or more.I buy rice in 20# bags rice will keep indefinitely.I remember getting Barilla pasta for 9 cents a pound.I buy whole chickens and cut them up myself,I learned to do this when I was nine,my Dad was a butcher and taught me to do this.He also told me never buy a side of beef it really costs more than if you bought pieces,parts when on sale.When eggs are on sale I buy at least 6 dozen they are good for one month past the sell by date.I do have the luxury of having the West Side near us,there I can buy potatoes and onions in 50# bags and split them with family or friends.I make my own bread crumbs and croutons.I buy a lot of cheese when on sale,it's usually good for 6months unopened.Some stores have 2# bags of shredded cheese cheaper and these can be frozen and used as needed,if chunk cheese is cheaper I shred it myself.I just remember when boneless ham's are on sale I buy a whole one and ask the butcher if he can slice it for sandwiches for me ,he has never refused.They sell the same thing in the deli for about 3-4 times the cost per pound and they walk it from the meat case to the deli,why not you?I then freeze it in small packages.Lunch meat is very expensive,why not make egg salad,chicken salad,meat loaf,tukey breast,and roast beef that you have prepared for sandwiches for lunches.I could keep going,but this will give you a little food for thought. LOL

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posted at 2/20/2011 10:00 AM EST
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Turkey is a great item, when it is on sale get an extra and have the butcher cut it in half for you.  They will wrap it.  Get it home tuck it in the freezer and it is a great item to toss on the grill.  No harder to cook than a chicken. (Just watch out that the turkey does not contain one of those gravy bags.)
When I get a deal on ground beef I will brown it when I get home.  Weigh out 1 pound of browned ground beef and place in a zip top bag.  Lay it flat in the freezer.  Several bags of browned ground beef take up less room than raw ground beef.  No need to thaw for sauces or chili just toss into the pot and let it thaw out as the sauce is cooking.

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posted at 2/20/2011 11:16 AM EST
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thank you all for the great ideas need all the help i can get

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posted at 2/20/2011 11:25 AM EST
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Really helpful ideas! Thanks, like others, trying to stretch the $$.

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posted at 2/20/2011 12:20 PM EST
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I never shop without coupons and checking the store flyer for their sale items. And now I've signed up for e-coupons, and sometimes get items for free, like toothpaste. Our grocery stores put the percentage of savings from coupons and club cards on our receipts, and I almost never go below 50%. I love the challenge to see how much I can save.

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posted at 2/20/2011 1:54 PM EST
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I shop the perimeter of the store and look at the bottom shelf for sales also use the flyer and coupons.

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posted at 2/20/2011 2:10 PM EST
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I like to use coupons when I can but I've found that not all stores will take coupons printed off of the internet sites.  This is disappointing because often when added to the "on sale" price, this is a great savings. 

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posted at 2/21/2011 12:04 AM EST
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Some store personal do not understand coupons. I have used customer service if/when I encounter trouble with a coupon.

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posted at 2/22/2011 8:12 AM EST
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It's always great to find a bargain.  Right now many stores have valentine stuff on clearance including candy.

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posted at 2/22/2011 9:59 PM EST
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Two weeks ago my husband and I came upon Hillshire Farm spiral sliced hams for more than 50% off.  We are so happy that we have a freezer.  Even if we don't want a dinner with ham, they are great to cook up and use for ham and beans, pea soup, ham croquettes, ham salad, etc.  Thank you for all of the great ideas, all.

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posted at 2/25/2011 12:16 AM EST
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Seedless Grapes are 99 cents a pound this week. Plus use coupons.

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