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Top 10 Grocery Shopping Tips

Updated on March 9, 2012
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A lot of these tips are things that many may realize but possibly at the time just neglect to apply them when they are at the grocery store. It is sort of a grocery shopping for dummies guide. I won't claim to be unlocking the secrets of the universe with this article but certainly even the most meticulous among us is bound to see something in this list that they are missing or are simply not aware of. Also you may laugh at some of my explanations for the points I make. So with out any more typing just to get my word count up lets forge ahead.

1) This one is a no brainer of course but choose your cart carefully. After years of wear and tear (as well as angry employees throwing them around the parking lot in a rage releasing some pent up frustration over working there) many of the carts are quite warped. This can be an issue once it is overloaded with more food than you planned to buy.

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2) Be selective about who cuts your meat. If you like your chicken or turkey shaved thin as I do you may have to impress upon the worker at the deli of that fact, sometimes several times. If they had a little too much alcohol before coming into work and hand you back a sack with incredibly thick bologna slices you may have to choose a new server. I would just wait until they are busy in the future and ask someone else to cut it. Just kidding about the alcohol part by the way :)

3) Buy plenty of veggies if you are going to fill your cart it will drive down the price, plus they are good for you.

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4) Recently in my community I have heard of an underground meat market. Apparently people steal meat from the grocery stores and sell it for half the price. I laughed at first but then I got thinking about the price of meat. I am not incredibly poor but I admit half the time we end up buying little real meat. A lot of the times we end up with fish sticks and such. But all I can say as a tip in this area is to buy marked down meat as much as possible. Just use it as quickly as possibly to avoid any issues with the meat.

5) Other than buying marked down meats, but whole turkeys. Even at full price these birds can keep my family going on meat for a good week and a half. If you wait until after thanks giving and Christmas you can usually get them on sale as well. If you but a few birds your good for awhile.

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6) One time my family and I saw TV dinners on sale at 75% off we were so amazed by the price that we filled our freezer with TV dinners. I can honestly say there is a reason why things are cheap and even more so if they have a massive sale, it's because they don't taste very good. Just because there are cheaper foods that can be purchased out there doesn't mean you should buy them. You are only trading the taste to save a little money.

7) Depending on where you live you may have the option of getting milk in jugs, cartons or bags. Choose the jugs they are resealable and keep the freshness in. Trust me, we have bags mostly here and I can honestly say there is nothing like the experience of drinking from the jug (yes I know I'm bad) and having a river of cheese waterfall come spraying into your mouth.

8) In terms of cat food buy what your cat likes. Sometimes they don't live so long and they deserve a little comfort food.

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9) This ones self explanatory but price and bulk shop. It is sometimes a daunting task to pay $10 for a bag of rice than $3 for a box. But sometimes it is the difference between getting healthy ong grain rice and getting 6 - 7 times as much rice and not. Or buying V8 jugs instead of cans, you save and get just as much V8.

10) Watch your cashier. If they are ringing things through with an electronic scanner usually things are good but you can run into problems if they have to type the code or price in manually. Nothing like getting charged for a $18 three pack of watermelons when you were supposed to get charged for a $1 bag of carrots. It works best if one person puts the food on the conveyor belt as the other person watches the prices being put in.

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    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      gail641 - too true TV dinners seem great for the price but once you realize what your eating you get a little sick.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Thelma Alberts - thanks for the vote up, hope these shopping tips help many :)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      rtburroughs2 - so true, budgeting is a great help for sure :) thanks for commenting.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Denver5280Click - my wife and I go together but she knows more about what the better prices are for sure.

    • gail641 profile image

      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      I agree! They all do taste a little unusual. A person is better off not buying them and making the dinner themselves. I got sonme dinners that were frozen from something called Angel Foods, and they were terrible. They tasted like they were old, and didn't taste good at all. Someone else got them and didn't like them, either. After trying those frozen dinnders I decided to never try them again.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Great shopping tips. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      gail641 - yes TV dinners are bad, some maybe be better than others but they all taste a little unusual.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      MelChi - yes I suppose there is a reason why it is so cheap, oh well :)

    • rtburroughs2 profile image

      Robert Burroughs 

      6 years ago

      This is a funny but useful hub. My late girlfriend and I would carry a list,and use a budget. When you don't go to far from your list, you will save money.

    • Denver5280Click profile image

      Denver5280Click 

      6 years ago from Denver Colorado

      I no longer have the ability to shop for food any more, my wife has completely taken over that chore and it takes me 5 times as long to get 80% of things on the shopping list.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      They should improve the TV dinners 100%, but they never will. I think its best to stay away from TV dinners, and anything thats cheap and doesn't taste good at all.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      How quickly we get conned into buying something because it's 50% + off. And so true. I actually can't recall a time when buying such a good deal and enjoying what I bought. TV dinners are the worst. I'd rather cook a cheap packet of 2 minute noodles, throw in some tuna and add a drop of mayo if it's near month end and the cupboards are bare. Great tips! :)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      gail641 - I guess the TV dinners can only be so good in those trays unfortunately.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Godfrey - hehe, I should do it that way, I'll try it.

    • gail641 profile image

      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      Hi, I never liked Salsbury Steak. Chicken Fried Steak doesn't sound very good at all. TV dinners aren't good at all, either. Some of the Stoufers isn't too bad, but not very good, either.

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      Godfrey 

      6 years ago

      Rule 1/11;

      Eat a good meal, then do your food shopping.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      geordmc - hmm, maybe it is just not so good in a cheap tv diner.

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      geordmc 

      6 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      Terrek, Chicken fried beef is a beef patty(hamburger) that is coated with breading and deep fried like chicken. Not bad, but high in fat.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      thanks :)

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      Sueswan 

      6 years ago

      Hi Terrektwo

      Great shopping tips!

      Voted up and awesome.

      Take care

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      sabrani44 - oh yes coupons I forgot to mention that one, thanks :)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      michiganman567 - yes this is true, always checking a receipt is best. Sometimes it is hard if you buy a lot of groceries to know if you have been taken but diligence is best for sure :)

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      Becky Katz - your right you could get a smaller sample to try before you buy a bigger portion, that is also a good one. Thanks for commenting :)

    • sabrani44 profile image

      sabrani44 

      6 years ago

      Great hub and lots of good tips! Thanks for sharing. Using coupons can drive the price down quite a bit, and buying stuff when it's on sale.

    • michiganman567 profile image

      michiganman567 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Check your receipt too. I've caught them charging me double a few times.

    • Becky Katz profile image

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Watch the register when they are scanning also. I have had them ring up things at the regular price when they are on sale. I would not have bought that item if it was the reg. price and it can make a huge difference.

      Sometimes buying the store brand is good, tastes good and inexpensive. Sometimes it is not good. Buy a small pack to check it out and if it is good, buy more. Watch out for the store brands because sometimes they are more expensive than the name brands.

    • terrektwo profile imageAUTHOR

      Candle Hour 

      6 years ago from North America

      gail641 - yes my wife and I were marveling at the 88 cent TV dinners, they were on sale but still when we went to eat them we were saying "ewww." Besides what is chicken fried beef anyway?

    • gail641 profile image

      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      6 years ago from Mason City

      The TV dinners don't taste good. No wonder their so cheap. Great advice for grocery shopping.

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