There are several ways to drastically cut money spent for groceries without the hassle of coupons. Clipping and organizing coupons can be very time consuming. Time spent looking at store advertisements and planning ahead is much easier to do. Pay attention to sales, price per ounce, and overpriced items to save not only time but money. No law says the large size must be the best deal. You will see why as you continue to read this.
Food manufacturers usually offer the best wholesale prices and allowances to food retailers on the most popular sizes. Let’s look at an example. A bag of coffee that is 11 or 12 ounces is what most people buy. A store wants to advertise this popular size to draw customers into the store. The coffee company gives the store a special price allowance on that size to sell more units. Watch the ads and save money.
Don’t be fooled by merchandising tricks to spend away your savings. The store offers some items like this coffee on sale at below cost to attract business. That display of coffee might be next to sweet rolls with a wonderful smell at regular price to entice a tie-in sale that makes a sweet profit for them. On the other hand, if the sweet rolls are priced at a great sale you have saved a bundle without coupon clipping.
Watch the cost per ounce on products. That sale coffee is probably much less per ounce than the large size. Most stores have this price per ounce on the shelf tags to make it easy for you. Observe the tags for a simple way to save. Sometimes the large size is a better bargain. A quick look and fast comparison is much easier than coupon clipping and organization.
Never pay the regular price on food items that are your favorites. Watch the ads and adjust your home inventory on items that are used most often. If you need four bags of coffee per month buy more when they are on sale. If there is a limit on the sale items and you shop more than once per week buy what is on sale each shopping trip. You should never pay regular retail on food items used most when sales are available.
Another thing to watch on food buying is something called downsizing. The standard size for coffee used to be 16 ounces. Coffee manufacturers wanted to avoid price increases so the sizes have been reduced instead. This downsizing practice was done so much that soon the standard size for coffee became 11 or 12 ounces. Watch for reductions on many products that cause the price to creep up. Food products that do not downsize may become bargains for your future purchases.
Be observant while shopping for food and grab the best deals. Observe the ads and plan ahead. Apply the coffee example given here to other items purchased for big savings. These tips will save you a bundle at the supermarket without risking paper cuts while dealing with those irritating coupons.
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