Top Secret Tips When Shopping at Kroger and Other Grocery Stores- Frugal Living Extreme Couponing and Bargain Shopping!
Are You Looking to Save Money on Groceries and Other Necessities? These Shopping Secrets & Tips Should Definitely Help!!!
Let's put it this way- I have extensive personal knowledge of how Kroger works. I'm not saying other grocers are exactly the same, but I would think most of them operate in much the same way. No matter where you go, effective business practices are very similar. That is EXACTLY what these are: effective business practices! If you have any you would like to add, please leave a comment in the comments section and I will incorporate it!
Secret Tip to Getting Meat Up To 50% Off
As you may already know, "clearance" says nothing about a cut of meat in a quality grocery store! Most of the time, it means the meat is going to expire the NEXT day. In order to get the VERY best selection of meats, visit your local grocery story earlier in the day. The best times are usually 8:30 am - 11:00 am. You should call your local grocery stores, get in contact with the meat department, and find out what time they usually do their meat markdowns.
Does it really matter if the meat expires the next day if you are going to fix it for dinner or lunch on that very day? Or (more than likely) freeze it for a different day? Nope! Those meats are perfectly fine for purchasing! The only difference you are going to notice is how much you save at the register! The savings are usually at least 50%; if you have a coupon to stack this with, you can save even more.
Do You Eat Breakfast Every Day?
Deep Discounts On Breakfast
It is likely that your local grocery store makes donuts fresh every morning; and you have probably seen those donuts on the reduced rack several times. You may think that those donuts are probably stale or outdated; you would be wrong! It is very likely that those donuts were made around 7 AM, and are marked down due to cleaning of the case. The case must be cleaned and shut down every day, but they aren't just going to throw those donuts away! Take them home for the next morning, stick them in the microwave for 10 seconds, and you have yourself a "re"fresh donut! That is EXACTLY how you get your donuts super cheap and beat the prices at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts!
Get Up to 90% "Seasonal" Products and Merchandise!
Want to get cheap summer table cloths, inexpensive pretty christmas tree ornaments, adorable 18 month old baby halloween costumes, or sweet easter décor for next year? Then hit these stores the day after the holiday! Hit them early! At first, the merchandise will be marked down to about 50% off. Don't buy everything up just yet- only the items with only a few remaining. For the rest, keep an eye on it. This is easy if you shop often. During the next week or two, the prices will continue to discount; usually the next stop is 75%, then 90% off when they want it OUT of the store to clear up shelf space. There is NO better time to shop for a holiday than 364 days before it!!!
You can find all sorts of goodies this way, including:
- Easter baskets, easter eggs, egg painting kits & paint, cute chick décor.
- Swimming floaties, cheap tanning lotion & sunscreen, cute disney beach towels, sexy flip flops, stunning sunglasses for beach surfing.
- Summer and birthday party themed cheap plastic plates, decorative punch glasses, cute girls luau party decorations, tiki bar accessories.
- Adorable turkey pot holders and kitchen towels, thanksgiving wall art décor, festive fall leaf table centerpieces, cooking supplies, turkey day chair covers.
- Shatterproof Christmas ornaments, cute santa and reindeer figurines, cheap inflatable yard snowmen and snowglobes, super cheap icicle christmas lights.
Endless Cheap, Fresh Baked Breads
When you go to the store to buy nationally known bread products, you may not realize just how long those breads have been around. They have a long journey before reaching the store! They have to be baked in a factory, packaged, arranged on crates, stacked on pallets, loaded into trucks, delivered to the various stores, unloaded, and stocked onto the shelves. For the fresh bread from the store's bakery, it's a relatively quick and short journey. It is baked, packaged, and set on the shelf! They often only have a few days of shelf life, but the bread is still good 1-4 days following the expiration. You might even find that it is softer than the before mentioned vendor breads! Since the breads have such a short shelf life, there is almost always some discounted. You can save anywhere from 30%-75% depending on how many items are put on the shelf!
The ULTIMATE Secret: Combining Coupons with Discounted Merchandise!
Coupons: every mom's favorite way to save money! If you are an avid couponer, you might notice how many of those couponed items you find in the markdown bins. Instead of using them at full price, stack the coupon on the discounted items. Often times, the product is perfectly fine. Items might be marked down for several reasons:
- There are too many of one item, and it isn't selling as projected.
- It is nearing its expiration date.
- Shampoo bottles might have cracked tops.
- Boxed food may be dented.
- Plastic packaged foods may have been dropped in the freezer.
- Toys may have been slightly opened by a curious child.
By applying coupons to these items, you can save a lot of money. For example:
You find two bottles of Pantene shampoo that has a cracked lid. The shampoo normally costs $5, totalling $10 for two bottles at regular price. They get marked down by 50%, in order to try to sell them. This means you get 2 bottles for $5! However, you have a coupon for $3 off two bottles of Pantene shampoo or conditioner. Ultimately, you'll buy them for $2; that is a savings of 80% guys!