- Budget must be maintained-I need to keep my monthly grocery budget to $250. This means I may have to visit different stores than I used to or be more creative about purchasing and stockpiling
- Time limits must be maintained-I don't have time to run all over town after the best prices. I have 30-45 minutes a week to browse ads, clip coupons and make my shopping list and I have about an hour a week to do the grocery shopping. I have too many other things going on to sacrifice my time to grocery shopping.
- Read the ads. Check all the local grocery ads. Familiarize yourself with them. Do they have any coupons this week? Do they have any special pricing when you buy a certain quantity? Do they have any ongoing promotions?
- Compare Prices. Are the advertised prices at or near best prices in your grocery price index? Are these prices worth stocking up on?
- Match sales with coupons. Do you have coupons for the sale items? Could you get coupons online? Could you trade coupons with a friend?
I hope the next few weeks aren't too frustrating as I get used to not shopping exclusively at Albertsons. Hopefully we'll all find some great deals and find ourselves pleasantly surprised by our resourcefulness in tough times. Remember to stick to your goals (budget and time) and stick to the basics (Read ads, compare prices, match coupons). Happy Shopping!
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