Monday, July 3, 2017

Shop Till You (see your budget) Drop

This last month I have gone grocery shopping many times and in many places.  This breaks a rule that many people follow:  Shop only once a week or less.

Why do I break this well known rule?  Because for me it saves money.

 I shop many times in many stores to take advantage of loss leaders being advertised.  A loss leader is an item that the store sells at or below cost as an incentive to get you into the store where they hope you will do all your grocery shopping for that week.

But, if you have the resolve to go in and just buy the loss leaders you can save a lot.  And, you can buy things you might not normally have the budget for.   For example, let's look at my shopping this last month.

I carefully read the local grocery store adds of several stores, compared the advertised price with normal price, and went to each to purchase only the loss leaders that worked for me.

Here are some of the things I bought:

Steak for $1.99 per pound (a manager's special and a nice treat); boneless skinless chicken breast for $1.79 per pound;  pasta at $1 per pound; eggs at 49 cents per dozen; Bird's Eye frozen vegetables at $1 per pound; bread, English muffins and bagels for 75 cents each; chobani yogurt for 69 cents; two boxes of cereal for a total of 98 cents after coupons; 10 ears of corn for $2; ribs for $1.99 per pound (wonderful for the grill); sweet baby Ray's bbq sauce for $1; a watermelon for $2.99; assorted berries for $1.99 per pound(some for now and some frozen for later); cheese at $2.99 per pound; ground beef at $1.99 per pound; Smithfield bacon at $2 per pound (we love it but not it's usual price)

Many of these items are frozen or stored as part of my stockpile.  We will be eating them until their next good sale.

I went to a few stores to get these deals but to me they were worth it.  We will eat well thanks to these bargains.


  1. Absolutely excellent plan for you! Steak for $1.99! Unheard of here. I think you did a wonderful job. You're fortunate to have a number of places to go to get the loss leaders. You have to do what works for your family. I commend you!

    ஐღLaura of Harvest Lane Cottageღஐ
    ...doing what I can with what I've got
    where I am on a short shoestring budget!

  2. Thank you. I have been using this system for almost forty years and it works for us. And I am very lucky to have options to shop at, but I have done it with as few as two once I had a stockpile.