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8 Ways to Look and Shop for Bargains

With so many people needing to cut back on their budget, it’s probably a good time to talk about saving money and finding bargains for groceries and household items.

I’ve posted about this before, but it’s a real good time to do it again. Many people just don’t know where to start looking for bargains, so let’s list just a few places to look:

  • Your Sunday and mid-week newspapers.  Your local grocery stores, pharmacies and department stores usually have special prices on “stuff” that can be seasonal as well as year-round items.  TIP – Shop only where you can get the bargains and shop only for those bargains. Resist the temptation to get stuff you don’t need “just ‘cause it’s on sale.”
  • Go to the same Sunday and mid-week papers for coupons.  Yeah,  I know, you don’t want to be a coupon clipper. Just to give you an example of how much money you can save, my Daughter paid $19 and got $38 worth of groceries from one trip to a local grocery store using coupons!  I don’t know about you, but 1/2 off is pretty cool to me.
  • Try different stores.  Don’t go to a certain store ‘cause you “like” the store.  You can learn to “like” a different store or two or three if you can save money and get good product.  And you may be better off trying two or three different stores.
  • Shop in WalMart.  Yeah I know, the media gives them a bad rap because they’re “big business”.  Maybe they are, but you sure get some great bargains.  Not only on name brand products, but on their own brand also.  Just go past your local WalMart and see how crowded the parking lots are now.  The reason is great prices!
  • Shop Sam’s Club or Costco.  It may cost a little bit for a membership, but you more than make up for it in a few months or less. We belong to Sam’s Club and have for many years.  I’ll give you an example of great pricing.  For the past two weeks you can buy a whole boneless pork loin for $1.38 per pound.  The loins average around 10 pounds.  Take it home, put it in your freezer for about an hour just to make the meat a little stiff and then slice it into 1” thick slices.  Talk about great taste!
  • Shop Aldi Food Mart if you have one near you.  Great prices on off-brand products and a lot of name brands.
  • Shop the dollar store for stuff like band aids.  You can get 110 for $1.00.  The off-brands in most drug stores are around $2.50 for 25!
  • Check out organizations like Fare Share Coop.  You pay a certain amount and the organization, mostly volunteers, buys food in large lots and get great bargains.  Go to this link and see the type of foods you get Check for this type of coop in your area.

Well, I’m sure I’m missing a lot of things, but this is a good start for people new to shopping for great bargains.


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  1. The Daughter says:

    I recently decided to cut our grocery budget in half. This required a whole new way of shopping and planning that I wasn’t used to doing. So, I spent many hours blogging and here are a few of the ideas that are helping my reach that goal:

    1. Double coupons. Rainbow allows you to double five manufacturers coupon up to $1 on Wednesdays. That means up to $2 off! I just “bought” 2 cans of Pillsbury Grands biscuits for free. You have to spend $25 but that is pre-coupon price. If you have more than 5 coupons you want to double, take more than one trip through the check out lane.

    2. Stack coupons. Use a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon–almost all stores will allow this. This week Rainbow has a store coupon for Dawn for only 88 cents. This alone is an amazing price for Dawn. But, I have a .25 cent manufacturers coupon which will be doubled on Wednesday for a net price of 38 cents. It doesn’t seem like much, but over time this adds up.

    3. CVS/Walgreens loyalty programs. Both CVS and Walgreens have a loyalty program that will print a reward coupon to be used next time you go in. The coupon is for some $ amount off. I like the CVS program better because it’s more flexible, but I do use them both.

    4. Bread thrift store. I make my own bread, but I still go to the thrift store to get things like english muffins or bagels. My family loves Sara Lee bagels. They cost around 3.25 at the grocery store. The Taystee thrift store sells them for 1.88. If you go on Wednesday, you get an extra 10% off. And, if you really don’t want to make your own bread, you can find all your favorite breads at amazing prices.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for the comment Daughter. There are tons of ways to save money. I’d like for more people to make comments like yours.

  3. says:

    Thank you very much for that splendid article

  4. says:

    How much money should a 14 year old have in their bank account?

  5. says:

    Maki…as always, great post here.

  6. says:

    Hello! Thank you very much for that enlightening article

  7. A 14 year old should have as much money as possible in their bank account. To get a more personal answer, talk to a financial adviser. Hint; talk to on that talks insurance.

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