Well, I have two socks that match this time and I am about ready to head out with the wife to do our weekly grocery shopping. With coupons in hands, Mother Hubbard and I are off on our weekly grocery shopping trip.
An article in the Winter 2010 issue of "Diabetic Living" titled "Big Buys" talks about shopping for tasty and nutritious foods and urges readers to try the private label foods when shopping. According to the Private Label Manufacturers Association in NYC, "shoppers rate the taste of store-brand foods just as good or better than national brands."
NOTE: (I beg to differ on BBQ and spaghetti sauces… I have had two instances of rinsing the sauces off the food because I thought they were so bad. In those cases I am brand loyal to Open Pit BBQ Sauce and to Hunts Spaghetti Sauce.)
The article, written by Marsha McCulloch, RD, LD, examines the savings from places like Target, Walmart Superstores, Costco, and others. The magazine also features recipes using the store private label products. In the case of all natural Dijon Mustard, there is a difference of twenty six cents per ounce between the Walmart Supercenter brand and a comparable name brand. Target's Market Pantry sugar substitute is .48 cents per ounce less than a comparable brand. That's 36%. Products like instant brown rice and whole wheat elbow pasta save consumers an impressive 50% by choosing store brands.
There are times when even having a coupon for a name brand item won't tip the scales in the name brand's favor unless the product is on a store's loss leader program and the coupon that can be doubled or tripled. That's when common sense has to take over. Bring a calculator with you when you shop to check unit prices and avoid getting to the checkout with your jaw on the grocery belt when the cashier hits the "total" button.
Some products are also less expensive in bulk. Products like oats, rice, flour and that kind of thing can be bought in larger quantities and stored properly will have a long life on the shelf or freezer.
For the sake of this being a discussion, why not share your tips on frugal grocery shopping in this thread?
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