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*Expired* Save More Shopping High End Grocers

by Freebies4Mom on August 11, 2009 6:40 am

This is a guest post by Charlene who blogs at My Frugal Adventures.

I used to think you needed to shop at discount grocery chains to get the best prices on grocery items. I had two chains that I shopped at regularly despite being out of the way and pretty run down stores. I found I would have to make second and third trips to other stores as the produce was not fresh or the selection was very limited. Then I discovered the art of shopping loss leaders.

I live in a high cost of living area with very expensive grocery chains. In Northern California we do not have double coupons, which makes finding great deals even more challenging. I have discovered higher end grocery chains frequently feature surprisingly low prices on items every week in the ads. Some-like Safeway- also feature weekly store coupons that can be stacked with manufacturer coupons to double the savings. I have been amazed at how much money I have shaved off our weekly grocery bill by shopping at the more expensive chains and simply buying the loss leaders featured in the weekly ads.

Here are my tips on saving money at higher end grocery stores:

* Check the ad weekly and buy the loss leaders (or items featured at substantial discounts to attract people into the store).

* Create a menu plan based upon what is on sale that week- if chicken is an incredible buy you can probably come up with several totally different menu ideas featuring chicken and items from your pantry.

*Stock up when prices hit rock bottom. When my local store had whole wheat bread for .99 a few weeks ago and I had $1 off coupons, I purchased 5 loaves to freeze. This will last us until the next sale cycle when bread hits rock bottom again.

*Look for clearance or discounted produce/meat and bread. Since the quality standards tend to be higher at the more expensive chains I regularly find lunch meat on clearance for .99 that I can freeze, bananas that are perfectly ripe for 50% off and day old bread for 50% off or more.

*Combine store coupons with manufacturer coupons to save even more. Many higher end chains feature weekly coupons in the ads, online or in store coupon books. Look for those coupons and match them with manufacturer coupons. I just purchased 2 packs of Mission Tortillas for .24 each by combining a Safeway store coupon and manufacturer coupon. My local discount chain has the same tortillas priced at $2.99.
So take the time to look through the circulars at all the grocery chains in your area- you may be surprised at what you find! To find the best deals at grocery stores around the country check out BeCentsable’s Grocery Gathering.

My Frugal Adventures

Charlene is a busy mom of two little ladies in California. She can be found at My Frugal Adventures and is always on the hunt to bring moms the very best deals to stretch those hard earned dollars.

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courtney ballestero August 12, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Your site has been a huge blessing. I have always hated grocery shopping with a passion and had the "get in and get out" mentality, which meant I spent way more than I should. But now with all the coupons savings and ideas that you send our way I have enjoyed the thrill of the deals, leaving the store spending $78 for a weeks of groceries for a family of five and in the same transaction saved $98 in coupon and promotions. Pretty incredible…

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Mochamom04 August 11, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Great tips! You can definitely save huge amounts of money in the higher end grocery store chains and the quality of the food is generally much better. I shop at a high end grocery store and they have double coupons and price match so I can couple coupons and the lower prices of the competitor chains. I aim to save at least 60%+ each week. I always encourage people to make a menu for the week or at least a shopping list. Match your coupons with the items on your list and shop the ads. Being an informed shopper equals huge savings and more money in your pocket! A Sip of Savings with MochaMom04www.mochamom04.wordpress.com

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Me August 11, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I shop at Trader Joe's and I don't find the prices too outrageous but it helps to have a menu plan definitly. Getting freebies helps too!www.reliablefreebies.blogspot.com

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Anonymous August 11, 2009 at 10:54 am

I now live where there are no double coupons. When I did, I used the doubles, but wasn't afraid to shop loss-leaders at the local High End. Products were usually better, but since I was aware that I was in the HE store, I did much less impulse-shopping. Kroger is no longer right around the corner.

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Anne August 11, 2009 at 9:20 am

I am so glad someone wrote about this. In my very rural area Walmart and Food Lion are thought to be the places to shop for the lowest prices, but I find Kroger has the best prices almost always. And with Kroger you get additional savings on gas making it an even better deal! When I lived in South Florida I always found Publix to have better deals over Winn Dixie although the impression was otherwise.

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Petula August 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

Great tips. I need to get more organized with my savings plan. I rarely have coupons and weekly fliers together or I miss both. It truly is an art form, but at least I always use coupons.

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