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31 Days to Save – Day 26 – Save on Organics and Natural Food

“31 Days to Save ”: A crash course in grocery savings!

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There’s no reason why anyone should be sentenced to pay full price for healthy food, or even organic food. There are SO many ways to pay less than full price and still eat healthy. In fact, all of the principles we’ve learned on the past 25 days apply to saving on healthy, natural, or organics.

For a quick overview on the topic, watch this video:

Acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on our Facebook thread for Day 26 “Save on Organics and Natural Food.”

Ask questions, or share how you’ve invested in healthy food for your family.

Optional Additional reading:

Learn about “hidden organic coupons” in this excerpt from: “Shop Smart, Save More”
…you can often use coupons for major name brand products that are not organic on that manufacturer’s organic version of the product. Before I go on, let me just say, you will never hear me tell you to use a coupon unethically. Manufacturers are cool with this; they want you to use the coupon to try any of the products in their line. This opens up a whole new world of using coupons on organics, since almost every major food producer puts out lots of coupons, and they also now have organics under the same product line.

(End of excerpt from “Shop Smart, Save More” by Teri Gault with Sheryl Berk)
http://www.thegrocerygame.com/more-ways-to-save/teris-book-shop-smart-save-more/

Many organic and natural food manufacturers don’t promote their products with coupons in the Sunday paper inserts. But many do offer coupons periodically on their own websites. Here’s a list of links that we update daily whenever new coupons come up on individual manufacturers’ websites. There’s literally hundreds of sites with coupons, and some are for natural and organic foods:

http://www.thegrocerygame.com/app/teris-coupon-center/other-free-coupons/

For more ways to save on healthy, natural or organic foods, enjoy this article:
http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/01/buying-organic-doesnt-have-to-break-the-bank/

To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 26 “Save on Organics and Natural Food.”  Ask questions, or share some of the best ways that you save on healthy food for your family.

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More savings strategies to come!
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31 Days to Save – Day 25 – Lose the Loyalty

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Let’s not get trapped into higher prices because of brand loyalty. Keep an open mind.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 4 of “Shop Smart, Save More”:

…Investing is also NOT about being brand loyal. You only like your special brand of chips? Get over it. I can show you a bag for half that much or even better. Sure, once in a while, your brand of chips will be on sale, and you should go for it. But guess what? You just might find that another brand is just as good or better.  And the bonus is this: Investing frees up money in other areas. Once you invest in all areas of your groceries, the day will come when you are so far ahead in your savings, and your cupboards are so bursting, and your bank account is so much fatter, that you can afford to splurge and maybe grab that bag of your favorite brand of chips. Lots of Grocery Gamers are saving enough to go organic on their produce. The benefits of investing are boundless.

This VIDEO speaks of losing the loyalty, and a good review on other strategies we’ve covered:

http://www.wpxi.com/news/23223456/detail.html

Acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on our Facebook thread for Day 25 “Lose the Loyalty.”  Ask questions, or share some of the best things you’ve tried as you branched out beyond your normal brand, or share what you just can’t give up.


Optional additional reading:

The nice thing about our investing strategy, is that your favorite brand probably does go on sale, and if you play it right, you’ll stock up accordingly. My husband has to have Fritos brand original corn chips. There’s no coupons for those, but they do go on BOGOs at which time we stock up on about 6-8 bags, and that usually gets him through to the next sale.

Here’s another way to break out of the loyalty trap, from Chapter 4 of “Shop Smart, Save More”:

Catalinas are the coupons that come out of the register…. It’s like playing the slot machines–you never know what will come out. I used to ignore these, until I learned that sometimes manufacturers’ rewards and incentives come out of there. You just might buy a certain number of products that were required in a manufacturer’s incentive to qualify for a $5 or even $10 coupon to come out of that register! Do not throw these away! There are also Catalinas that come out that are based on a competitor’s product that you just bought. Say you bought brand A cereal on that shopping trip. Well, at the register, Brand B pops out to introduce himself, and wants to court you on your next coupon date! Now you have a coupon for an item you typically buy, but a different brand. Remember, we are NOT brand loyal; We are quality loyal. We will try new things!

End of excerpt from “Shop Smart, Save More” by Teri Gault with Sheryl Berk
http://www.thegrocerygame.com/more-ways-to-save/teris-book-shop-smart-save-more/

Now to show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 25  “Lose the Loyalty.”  Ask questions, or share some of the best things you’ve tried as you branched out beyond your normal brand, or share what you just can’t give up. http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

See you for Day 26, tomorrow!

Lots more savings to come!!!

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31 Days to Save – Day 24 – What’s in a Circular?

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All across the US, it’s called by a lot of different names: circular, sales circular, sales ad, ad, advertisement, flier, etc… But whatever you call it…

There are several problems with making a money saving plan based on what’s in a circular. In fact, if you take it at face value, it can really ding your wallet!

Let’s start with what IS in a circular:

1. Many circulars feature NON-sale items – Often times, deals in the circular are not deals at all, but just promotions of products at their regular full price.
2. Some sales are not as low as they can go – At www.TheGroceryGame.com, our proprietary databases of historical pricing help us to determine whether or not a sale is as low as it may go. Since coupons are usually good for three months, we may bypass a less than good sale, and hold the coupon for more savings later.

Now, as for what is NOT in the circular, (and this is a big one):

3. UN-advertised sales! – 62% of the deals nationwide at www.TheGroceryGame.com are not found in the circular. The reason is simple… Manufacturers make deals for positioning in the store as well as in the circular. Many are not promoting their products in the sales circular every week, but their products are indeed on good sales in the store!

www.TheGroceryGame.com takes all of the above and more very seriously for our Gamers. In the end, if you’re not a member, be careful about what information you use to compile your weekly savings strategy, as not everything on the web or in the circular will reveal the best savings.

 

Acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on the Facebook thread for Day 24 “What’s in a Circular?”. Ask questions and tell us how UN-advertised sales and more have helped you save on groceries!:

 

Optional additional VIDEO:

On my grocery shopping trip on Good Morning America, I bought a number of UN-advertised sales that were on my list from www.TheGroceryGame.com.  Some of my UN-advertised sales were even free! Paula was a doll, and we laughed that I “cheated” by using my money saving list of what she called, “secret sales.”  If you missed the segment, here it is:

To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on Facebook thread for Day 24 “What’s in a Circular?”. Tell us what deals you’ve found that were not in the sales circular.

http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

See you tomorrow!

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*On over 200 lists at www.TheGroceryGame.com some coupons are so valuable that we list them with or without a sale. For Hi-Lo supermarkets, we usually wait to list the coupon on the week before it expires, usually as a black item, and sometimes blue. With that said, www.TheGroceryGame.com does have a few lists for EDLP stores, which require different savings strategies, and could more often include some non-sale items with coupons. See “Day 4 – Choose Your Playing Field” for more on Hi-Lo vs. EDLP.

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31 Days to Save – Day 23 – The Grocery Route

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We all know grocery prices have risen astronomically, and now the USDA tells us they will rise more in coming months. Along with all our strategies on these 31 days to combat rising food costs, I hope to pass along the idea to make every route a “Grocery Route” wherever you go. The best deals are often in the most unlikely places. If you can make this a habit, some of the greatest loss leaders can be found on your “grocery route.”
Watch this video as I explain more…


Acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on the Facebook thread for Day 23. Share with us… What deals/loss leaders have you scored on your “grocery route”? Any great food buys in the most unlikely places?

 

Optional additional reading:

Learning YOUR “Grocery Route” is about opening your eyes at all times wherever you go to be a gatherer of loss leaders along your way. But take it a step further…

Plan your errands around gathering.  Here’s some ideas to think about….

If the bakery thrift store is on the other end of town, and let’s say their biggest markdown day is Wednesday. If your kids’ music teacher is on that end of town too, schedule their music lessons on the bargain bread day. That way, you’re already there and you can get your weekly bread deals without going out of your way. You’ve just added to your grocery route!

Or, maybe you have regular appointments near a great produce stand that has bargain days, or discounts near the end of the day. If so, book your appointments accordingly.

Also, open your eyes to take advantage of great food deals in more unlikely places. Even retail stores like TJ Maxx and Ross should be part of your “grocery route.” I’ve been able to stock up on olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and even organic buckwheat pancake mix at a fraction of the regular prices.

Make every route a “grocery route,” and be willing to stop and take advantage of unexpected savings opportunities.

To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on Facebook thread for Day 23. Share with us… What deals/loss leaders have you scored on your “grocery route”? Any great food buys in the most unlikely places?

http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame
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*Members with a family of four reported average savings.

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31 Days to Save – Day 22 – The Truth About Warehouse Club Stores

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Warehouse club stores, BJs, Costco, and Sam’s Club, should not be your first stop for investing on most things. Generally, they’re good for eggs, butter, and cheese. Milk can be a better price at warehouse club stores, but many supermarkets have just as good of a deal if you buy two gallons of milk, and the second gallon can be at adiscount.

The truth is that supermarkets most often beat warehouse club stores when you invest in name brand products on sale with a coupon. There is always the exception to the rule, but it’s good to be aware, and don’t just load up your cart thinking you’re getting the best deals all the time. Blue items on our lists at www.TheGroceryGame.com are expected to beat warehouse club stores. In this video, I share what I like and don’t like in terms of warehouse club stores:

Acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on the Facebook thread for Day 22. Share what you buy or don’t buy at warehouse club stores. And if you play http://www.TheGroceryGame.com/ which things have you found that cost less when on sale with a coupon at the supermarket?

Optional additional reading and VIDEO:

My Costco has great quality meat, but the featured special meat deal on the front page of my Vons’ circular beats their price every time. Vons is a Safeway store, and we think their “Ranchers Reserve” meat is just as good as Costco.

On Day 5, we learned how to save on fruits and veggies by buying in season and what’s on sale at the supermarket in the fresh produce section. We also learned to stock up on great sales in the freezer section to fill in the gaps when the selection is low on fresh produce sales. If you compare the cost per pound on most of the featured fresh produce sales at your supermarket against the cost per pound at warehouse club stores, you’ll most often find that not everything at the latter is the best price. However, sometimes when you lack variety at the supermarket, you can fill in with some other produce at warehouse club stores. Just don’t think that all of it beats your supermarket’s sales.

I do like warehouse club stores for some things, like big parties. Their wide variety of frozen appetizers work well in lieu of the high cost of a caterer. Here’s a holiday video where I explain how I throw a party for 50 using their high quality fancy appetizers:

To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on Facebook thread for Day 22. Share what you buy or don’t buy at warehouse club stores. And if you play http://www.TheGroceryGame.com/ which things have you found that cost less when on sale with a coupon at the supermarket? http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

See you tomorrow for more savings, and…

PLEASE, don’t pay full price for anything!
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31 Days to Save – Day 21 – Drugstore Dining Deals

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At drugstores, we get toothpaste, meds and more for super cheap and even free, but we also get groceries at great savings! In fact, this week, we’ve got $42 worth of groceries for $12 and change, and one box of meal bars for free! Plus $53 worth of non-food items for free! Today is the last day of the sales week, but none of this is unusual, so there WILL be more to come!

The best grocery savings at drugstores usually stack up with a Sale + Manufacturer coupon + Store coupon. Manufacturer coupons are found in the newspaper inserts or printed at www.TheGroceryGame.com. The store coupons are usually found in the drugstore circular.

Typically, the best grocery deals have a “limit.” Like on canned tomatoes or soups, for example, it will read “limit 3″ on the “store coupon.” There’s almost always some grocery deals, but some weeks focus on grocery savings more than others.

Some of the deal stacking may also include instant rebates at checkout. These are called “Register Rewards” at Walgreens, “Extra Care Bucks” at CVS, and “UPs” at Rite Aid. These instant rebates come out of the register as a coupon to be used like cash on future purchases! Stack them up with manufacturer coupons and other deals, and rake it in! Sweet!

Acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on the Facebook thread for Day 21. Brag about your drugstore deal stacking, and tell us how much “Drugstore Dining” you’ve been doing!

Optional additional reading:

In addition to the above, on our lists at www.TheGroceryGame.com, you’ll see other notations. Like if you hover over “IVC” on your Walgreens list, it will tell you there’s an “Instant Value Coupon” found in their “IVC” booklet to go with that deal.  On your Rite Aid list, you can hover over “VV,” and learn there’s a “Video Value” coupon that you can print from the Rite Aid website after viewing a video. I just printed one for $1.50 the other day! And the videos are short and painless!

Drugstore deal stacking is the most comprehensive and could be complicating in terms of multiple sources of deals, and biggest stacks, sometimes four deals all on one item.  We’ve created super easy tools at www.TheGroceryGame.com, one being our “Gather Coupons” coupons feature that helps you get it all together from numerous sources, based on the specific deals you’ve selected!

I just logged in to www.TheGroceryGame.com and chose to look at all three drugstores at once. I sorted by savings percentage, and checked off cereals, soups, frozen food, tuna and more. My subtotal shows $42.58 cents worth of 11 grocery items for $12.13. That’s a 71% savings. Today is the last day of the sales at the three drugstores for this week, so you can log in now and see that. If you wait until tomorrow, you’ll see something different.

Here’s a video that I hope will make you fall in love with drugstore deal stacking. The savings you’ll see are not unusual, and while it wasn’t a huge grocery week, I got lots of really nice makeup and decadent skincare items too! :)

To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on Facebook thread for Day 21. Brag about your drugstore deal stacking, and tell us how much “Drugstore Dining” you’ve been doing!  http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame

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