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June 1, 2010

The Necessary evil called Grocery Shopping!
Written by:  Christy Trent

         Grocery shopping is the necessary evil in most women’s existence. My girlfriends and I lament constantly about how much we hate doing it. We have to shop so we have food in our homes, but we hate forking out all the money groceries cost. By the time we recover from the hassle of one week’s financially expensive shopping experience, our cupboards are bare again, and it’s time for another trip.
      I try so hard to find cost cutting ways to save money. One drawer in my kitchen is specifically for clipped coupons. The only problem is, I walk off to the grocery and forget to take them with me.  Another thing that gets me in trouble is I usually shop right after I get off work, and by that time I am famished. Even boxes of mushy oatmeal look good and I catch myself loading the stuff into my cart.
      Don’t give up though. There are many ways to save money when you go to the grocery store, you just have to learn to work a little harder and be more vigilant. Many have discovered how to cut their grocery bills almost in half by just doing a few easy things.
      The book, Shop Smart, Save More, by Teri Gault, teaches you to be a better shopper and save money. Terri says the first thing you need to do is find the right grocery store for you. Don’t grocery hop, which is a huge waste of gas money. Even if there is a good sale at another store the trend is all the stores put the same stuff on sale in cycles, and a great sale on toilet tissue at one place will eventually make it round to your store.
      Stockpiling is a great way to save money. It’s buying something at a great bargain or with a coupon that you don’t need now, but you will need later. Stockpiling doesn’t mean buying bulk, rather taking advantage of a great bargain.
      Clipping coupons can save a lot of cash, as long as the coupons you use are actually for items you need.  The Sunday paper is the best resource for coupons. You can also find coupons on the product itself that you peel off, or in a blinking light type dispenser, next to the product to use with the coupon .                                                                                                                                            When you go through the register, the clerk usually hands you coupons that come out of the register with the receipt. These are usually savings for items you normally buy.
      Plan your weekly meals ahead of time and draw up a list for your grocery visit. This not only makes the week easier since you know ahead of time what your dinner will be,  but it keeps you on track and you will find your grocery bill will shrink.
      Just these simple ideas can help make shopping a whole lot easier for everyone involved. Head over to your local library and pick up this book or one of many others teaching you how to save money while shopping.


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