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Cheapest Grocery Stores and How Do You save $ on Your Grocery Bill??

hi everyone
my question is what are the cheapest gorcery stores? we live in massachusetts and it is expensive enough to live in this state but not to mention the groceries are getting out of control!! how do you save $ on your bill and does anyone have any tips?? thanks!

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Aldi's! I buy whatever I can there, than Walmart Supercenter, and finally for those niche items the regular grocery store (Giant Eagle).

At the regular grocery store I try to stock up when they have a sale or take advatage of double coupons.

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Hello,
You've gotten a lot of great advice so far. I just wanted to add that you'll find the absolute best prices on groceries in MA at Market Basket. I don't know if there are any out by you, but I have done A TON of price comparing and they blow away the prices of all other grocery stores around. They don't always have every single brand you might be looking for, but for most staples, they can't be beat!

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I shop @ ALDI for produce it is soo much cheaper than all the groceries in town,when its not I can do an ad match @ Walmart for the same item only cheaper or i'll go to that store that is offering a great sale in their ads.I use coupons to buy shampoo,hair produts,soap,hand soap,tooth brushes,floss,snacks,anything that I can use or my kids can use when I do use coupons I can score free items or at least a few dollars.I try to plan meals but it's mostly in my head I have $140.00 a week for my family of 5 & that is usually plenty the meat my kids aren't big on so that we can have left overs,fruits & veggies I have to buy 2 -3 of each a variety so when I do go to Aldis I usually spend $25.00-$30.00 on fruits & veggies that will last a week.I think I do a pretty darn good job in saving money & keeping in budget for the week on our foods there are tiems that we have to eat lunch out.It's not easy being frugal.

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Shop the "loss leaders" that the store marks down just to get you into the store. Don't get sucked into buying more expensive things just because you already saved a lot.

Don't buy pre-packaged or pre-made. Shop at farmers markets or local farm stands. Sales start on Thursdays - go through the circulars and choose your menu based on the sales. Use coupons and also try on-line coupon sources like The Grocery Game and Coupons.com. Only buy name brands if the double-coupons make it cheaper than store brands.

Try to buy in bulk and then make several meals from those ingredients. If there is a sale on ground meat (beef, turkey, bison or a combination), make burger patties & freeze them, cook some up for stuffed peppers and tacos, etc. Stretch the meat budget by adding vegetables - they get veggies into kids, and they add moisture to lean cuts of meat. I add such things as defrosted frozen spinach, onion, tomato sauce, hot sauce, wheat germ, sesame or flax seeds, and so on to flavor meats.

Use frozen vegetables when mixing with other things - they are cheaper (especially off-season), have just as much nutrition, there's no waste, and you can't tell the difference in sauces or quiches. Save fresh veggies for regular side dishes and salads.

Use leftovers creatively - pretty much anything goes in omelets, enchiladas, spaghetti sauce, chili, pizza and soup. A green pepper that's getting a little soft might not look so great in a salad, but it's terrific in an omelet or in pasta sauce. Same with wilting spinach.

I use BJs for my bulk purchases, then round out at the supermarket and (now) the farm stands. I grow my own herbs so I can just cut off what I need - I think that whole bunch of parsley or basil at the supermarket is a waste.

Check the bargain shelves for stuff that's about to expire (freeze it - e.g. bread) and things that just have a ripped label. Dented cans are usually okay too.

You have to be willing to buy only the items that are on "special" and then make recipes based on that.

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Saving $$ on groceries is such a challenge. This is one of my husband's pet peeves (overspending and overbuying), so we have found that doing the following helps:
- Buy the "big bag" and portion it out as needed (pretzels, chips, whatever)
- Keep an active grocery list on the fridge. When you use the last of something, put it on the list. If we're running "low", put it on the list (in case it's on sale).
- Plan the week's meal on Saturday afternoon so that there is only one grocery trip for the week. It keeps us from buying non-essentials midweek.
- Buy generic canned goods, spices, pastas and other items that are really the same
- Buy veggies and fruits from the market, not the grocery store (taste better too!)
- Buy paper goods in bulk when they are on sale b/c they don't go "bad" and we have the storage space
**Don't impulse buy at the grocery store
**Use coupons when you have them, ask the cashier when you don't b/c they keep unused coupons behind the counter

**3 or 3 times month we have "freezer and pantry" night meaning that we use items that are IN THE HOUSE and don't buy other items (aside from staples like milk). The meals are completely random, but balanced and much less tossed in the garbage. As long as there is a protein (can be scrambled eggs), a veggie (stir-fried into the eggs) and a small starch (toast) it's fine.

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Aldi's! I buy whatever I can there, than Walmart Supercenter, and finally for those niche items the regular grocery store (Giant Eagle).

At the regular grocery store I try to stock up when they have a sale or take advatage of double coupons.

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This wonderful question has been asked many times before. Look up the answers in past mampedias questions.

The government says you should make a shopping list off a menu you make out before you go shopping and stick to it. As is so often the case, the government is wrong! You should look at the sales ads and make your menu off that. Then when you get to the grocery store look for the discounted meats and cans and alter you menu to take advantage of those specials. When the store has "loss leaders" buy those IF you use those items.

Example: I know from experience that toilet paper will be on a really good sale twice per year. When that happens, I buy enough to last until the next sale. It stores well and doesn't spoil. I do the same with kleenex (or similar). When my family got a cold, we went through three or four boxes in a week or two and all of it was tissue I bought on sale. When I go shopping I usually go to two or three stores to take advantage of what is on sale. By doing all those things I spend about half what my friends do on groceries.

Good luck to you and yours.

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I shop local grocery store sales - if chickens are on sale for a ridiculous price, I buy three of them to freeze.
Use coupons only for items I need or regularly use - no point spending money, even with a coupon, for a product we don't normally eat.
I buy the bulk of my groceries from Angel Food Ministries - save over half the retail value. http://www.angelfoodministries.com
Stick to my grocery list when shopping to avoid expensive impulse buys.
Buy generic when possible - this saves me a ton of money on over the counter medicines.

I also cook more simply than I used to - meaning no exotic spices - haven't used saffron in years {sigh} and limit the pricey items. I love asparagus, but I only buy it in season and on sale. Brie, of I dream of brie. LOL But I can't bring myself to buy a $10 piece of cheese that only I will eat.

I budget what I will spend on groceries each month. After my monthly Angel Food purchase, the rest goes to milk, bread, juice and other basics. My go to foods when I need to stretch the budget are beans and rice and spaghetti which I always keep in the pantry and stir fries which can be made out of any odds and ends from the pantry and freezer.

I tell my son "no" when he wants specialty items that are not in the budget this week. At 14, he is aware of our finances and is usually okay with it.

But for all my budgeting we eat healthy - always veggies and fruits - and balanced meals.

Good Luck
Good Eats
God Bless

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I am not a coupon clipper, but I do go through all of the store ads for my area every 2 weeks when I get paid. All 3 grocery stores in my town are within 1.5 miles of each other so I'm not wasting a ton of gas driving all over the world to get this done. I will absolutely make a trip to a store for just a couple of things if they are having fantastic sales. Normally you need to have their store card to save the extra money on sale items, but they never cost any money to obtain. I also have access to the Commissary on the base where I work as well which is where I buy a bulk of our meat & canned goods as well as any specialty items, but they're not great for produce.

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Hello,
You've gotten a lot of great advice so far. I just wanted to add that you'll find the absolute best prices on groceries in MA at Market Basket. I don't know if there are any out by you, but I have done A TON of price comparing and they blow away the prices of all other grocery stores around. They don't always have every single brand you might be looking for, but for most staples, they can't be beat!

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