- August, 13 2015
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It’s back to school and you’re out to save on everything from glue sticks to bananas.
www.TheGroceryGame.com has flagged freebies and the hottest deals at supermarkets, drugstores and discount stores, but once you’re in there, I thought it a good idea to arm you with my “6 Back To School Supermarket Money Traps”:
- THE CONVENIENT SINGLE SERVE PACKAGING – There are killer deals in supermarkets with coupons for loads of these convenient lunch box foods, but not all are a deal. If not on sale, the individual size multi packs can cost up to four times as much as bagging up your own.
THE OVER-PRICED SCHOOL SUPPLIES – Expect to find huge savings and even loss leaders on about three to five different school supply items a week this time of year. Be sure to use coupons with those sales, but… if something like those colored markers are not on sale, you would be paying about two to three times as much as what they may be next week at the same supermarket, or this week at drugstores and other markets.
THE WALLET BUSTING VITAMINS – Back to School is one of the two biggest sales times of the year for vitamins and immune boosting items including hand sanitizers. DO expect to find sales and DO use coupons. Resist anything full priced.
- THE TEMPTING “CROSS PROMOTION” DISPLAYS – There are special displays set up with suggested combinations, like caramel apple dip next to the apples. Those apples may not be the best sale, or there may be less expensive caramel dip in other departments. As for those “baby carrots” in a special display next to the hummus… The hummus may be on sale, but there are probably other bags of carrots for less in the produce department. Bottom line, in cross promotion displays, rarely are both or all items the best deal.
THE FANCY LUNCH BOX – Supermarkets temporarily carry seasonal items for convenience, so you will see lunch boxes where you normally don’t at other times of the year. Most often, if they’re on sale, they probably won’t be as good of a deal as they should be. If you don’t have time to get the best deal at a discount store where sales abound on lunch boxes of all shapes and sizes, go ahead and pay twice as much at the supermarket.
THE FINISH LINE IMPULSE SNACKS – Expect to see snack items and over-priced lunch box treats as you approach check out. Resist! There were better deals down the aisles.
Now, go out there and win! And please… Don’t pay full price for anything!
Average savings = $523 a month / over $6,000 a year
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