Mark Tudor wrote:These are good tips, and remind me of the Tightwad Gazette book I had back in the previous millennium. The author also suggested keeping a little notebook and document prices of the items you normally buy, at each store you visit. Then you can pick the best prices for a given store and that becomes your shopping list, and then compare the circular prices to see if loss leaders are a better deal, including cost per unit pricing.
Mark Tudor wrote:
I'm also curious how my shopping habits will change once out in the country, where your shopping trips are a bit more planned if you don't want to be driving so much. I expect I'll have a bit more of a planned shopping list for staples, and I hope to integrate more food that I grow when in season but that's a whole different realm of learning to properly cook!
Jim Guinn wrote:Last week, we bought about $200 worth of groceries on sale and paid just over $100. Many people tout the great buys at buying clubs like Costco, Sam's and BJ's, but we have learned over the years you can actually save more at your local supermarkets if you take advantage of these great sales and buy in bulk....and, you don't have the membership fees that you do at these buying clubs.
Mark Brunnr wrote:Yeah I've found that I strike a balance between lowest price and let's call it "collateral damage" where getting the cheapest price has other costs you may want to consider. For example I like buying certain foods like beans, lentils, oats, and rice in bulk, and I bring back the bags I used last time, or reuse other plastic bags. Once home I refill the 1 gallon glass jars and put the bags back in the big cloth bag for the next trip. If a loss leader might save me a few bucks for a purchase that lasts a few months, but I end up with additional trash I can't reuse, then I have to decide if it's worth it in that case.
I've been testing myself as far as minimizing trash, even recycling, as I will eventually be on a property where there is no trash pickup and the recycling center is 20 miles away for me to take a load in there. Since some paper waste can be reused my goal has been minimizing the rest, and I'm down to 1 can of recycling per month, and outside of my dog's waste I haven't had to put out the regular trash can in the last 6 months.