supermarket http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7515/all en-US Supermarket Savings Guide http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/supermarket-savings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/supermarket-iStock_000034407860_Small.jpg" alt="groceries" title="groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Food: We all need it. There are various quick and easy ways to get a meal these days: eating out, taking out, ordering in &mdash; but the financial, environmental, and health costs add up over time. Most people still prefer to cook their own meals, but even then, the cost of groceries can run high, especially for those who have to feed a family. This is where the writers of Wise Bread can help. Check out these articles for tips on supermarket savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-cut-your-grocery-bill"><strong>5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill</strong></a><br /> If you're going to spend the time (and gas) to go to a grocery store, make it worth it &mdash; the frugal way. Here's how to make the most of your trip without going over budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-ive-learned-from-grocery-shopping-on-a-budget"><strong>10 Things I've Learned From Grocery Shopping on a Budget</strong></a><br /> Though everyone's grocery savings strategies vary, it helps to get suggestions (and support!) from fellow frugal shoppers. Here are tips and insights on grocery shopping on a budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-i-grew-tired-of-buying-and-how-i-quit"><strong>5 Foods I Grew Tired of Buying, and How I Quit</strong></a><br /> The cost of household essentials add up over time, if only because you always have to restock &mdash; but don't think that you have to restock from the grocery store. Here are five common food items that can be produced right at home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-shop-for-food-cheaply-without-a-tedious-grocery-list"><strong>Grocery Shopping for the Cheap and Lazy</strong></a><br /> If you don't have to cook for anyone else, it doesn't make sense to shop (or cook) like you do. Here are eleven grocery shopping tips for the busy, lazy, and single.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-streamlining-your-shopping-list"><strong>7 Tips for Streamlining Your Shopping List</strong></a><br /> Shopping from a list is a great way to make sure that you know what you need (and know what you <em>don't </em>need). Here are 7 tips to making the perfect money-saving shopping list for maximum grocery savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/behold-the-secrets-of-the-grocery-store"><strong>Behold: The Secrets of the Grocery Store</strong></a><br /> Know your enemy. Find out what tactics your grocer uses to make you thwart your own goal of grocery savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-shopping-for-savers-6-ways-to-avoid-their-tricky-traps"><strong>6 Ways to Avoid the Tricky Traps of Supermarkets</strong></a><br /> It takes discipline and strategy, but it can be done! Learn how to avoid the traps that supermarkets set to make you spend more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cs-to-keep-you-frugal-while-shopping"><strong>6 C's to Keep You Frugal While Shopping</strong></a><br /> To ward against the lure of an impulse buy, be sure to arm yourself with these 6 C's: cash, concise shopping list, coupons, calculator, candy, and...?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money"><strong>5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</strong></a><br /> To learn how to save money on groceries, you need to know how food marketers get you to spend. Five food myths unveiled here!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips"><strong>Bulk Buying Basics</strong></a><br /> A good way to save money on groceries without running out of food is to buy in bulk...but where to store it? And what to buy? And how does bulk-buying contribute to grocery savings, anyway, if you're spending more on a single purchase? Get the answers here!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-grocery-budgeting-a-game-the-price-is-right-style"><strong>Make Grocery Budgeting A Game, The Price Is Right Style</strong></a><br /> Make grocery shopping fun! Here's a game you can play with your family to budget while you shop.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ethnic-markets-feel-worldly-for-cheap"><strong> Ethnic Markets: Feel Wordly for Cheap</strong></a><br /> You probably already know that they're great for hard-to-find ingredients, but did you know that ethnic markets also stock foods that you would see in national supermarket chains, and at much lower prices? Here's a brief guide to what you can expect to find at different ethnic markets.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items">Sure Savings at the Supermarket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping groceries grocery shopping supermarket Thu, 21 May 2015 23:49:59 +0000 Amy Lu 1432747 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Worst Mistakes to Make at the Supermarket http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-worst-mistakes-to-make-at-the-supermarket <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-worst-mistakes-to-make-at-the-supermarket" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_groceries_000024630006.jpg" alt="Couple making shopping mistakes at grocery store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the worst mistakes you can make at the supermarket, spring cleaning tricks, and smart ways to use mason jars.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/spending/T050-S001-biggest-shopping-mistakes-at-the-supermarket/index.html">12 Worst Mistakes to Make at the Supermarket</a> &mdash; Don't let a recipe dictate the groceries you buy. Instead, plan meals around what you already have and what's on sale. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/better-yourself/5-tricks-for-conquering-spring-cleaning-chores-this-week/">5 Tricks for Conquering Spring Cleaning Chores This Week</a> &mdash; Tackling the entire house all at once can be overwhelming. Instead, focus on cleaning and organizing one room at a time. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Mason-Jars-24543776">16 Smart Ways to Use Mason Jars This Spring</a> &mdash; Use mason jars to bake tasty treats like cakes, pies, and pizzas. They're also great for portion control! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0318/Five-great-budgeting-apps-to-keep-you-in-the-black">Five great budgeting apps to keep you in the black</a> &mdash; BillGuard works a lot like Mint, but with the added feature that they'll alert you when one of the merchants you've recently shopped with is hit with a security breach. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/5-essential-habits-consumers-excellent-credit-scores/">5 Essential Habits of Consumers with Excellent Credit Scores</a> &mdash; People with excellent credit scores use a diverse mix of credit, often in the form of a mortgage, auto loan, and credit cards. [Credit Sesame]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/connections-equal-capital-how-being-a-fan-can-pay-off/">Connections Equal Capital: How Being A Fan Can Pay Off</a> &mdash; Building quality relationships now can lead to many opportunities down the road. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/trick-yourself-into-saving-more-and-spend-less">5 Ways To Trick Yourself Into Saving More And Spending Less</a> &mdash; Wait 24 hours before you buy unnecessary items to make sure you aren't spending for emotional reasons. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2015/03/24/daily-optimism/">3 Simple Daily Habits That Will Help You to Stay Optimistic</a> &mdash; Create a supportive environment around you. Spend time with optimistic people who will help you get out of a rut or tell you when you're overthinking things. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://consumerqueen.com/saving-money-2/frugal-tips/25-things-to-put-in-easter-eggs-besides-candy">25 Things to put in Easter Eggs&hellip;.besides CANDY!!</a> &mdash; Shake things up a bit this Easter. Instead of candy, stuff your plastic eggs with stickers, bouncy balls, mini dinosaurs, and other small, age-appropriate toys and knick-knacks. [Consumer Queen]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-must-start-habits-to-make-your-mornings-easier">5 Must-Start Habits to Make Your Mornings Easier</a> &mdash; Keep an eye on the clock while your family gets ready in the morning. You may even want to set a timer to alert your kids when they should be moving on to the next task. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-worst-mistakes-to-make-at-the-supermarket">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-supermarket-insider-reveals-5-ways-your-grocer-is-trying-to-upsell-you">A Supermarket Insider Reveals 5 Ways Your Grocer Is Trying to Upsell You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items">Sure Savings at the Supermarket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings">Supermarket Savings Guide</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips supermarket Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1355662 at http://www.wisebread.com A Supermarket Insider Reveals 5 Ways Your Grocer Is Trying to Upsell You http://www.wisebread.com/a-supermarket-insider-reveals-5-ways-your-grocer-is-trying-to-upsell-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-supermarket-insider-reveals-5-ways-your-grocer-is-trying-to-upsell-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-groceries-86527435-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your grocery store is not out to get you, explains Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert. &quot;Their mission is to make you very loyal as a shopper. They want to form a relationship,&quot; said Lempert, editor of insider grocery journal The Lempert Report and <a href="http://www.supermarketguru.com">SupermarketGuru.com</a>.</p> <p>That said, the grocery industry is a low-margin business, and the more stores can do to encourage customers to spend more, in the most profitable areas, the better. Brands, too, would like to influence your behavior. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-tool-that-assures-you-never-pay-too-much-for-groceries?ref=seealso">The One Tool That Ensures You Never Pay Too Much for Groceries</a>)</p> <p>So beware of these ways supermarkets and brands attempt to steer your cart &mdash; and your wallet.</p> <h2>1. The Fresh 'n' Fruity</h2> <p>&quot;One reason the produce department is in the front of the store is, it's like aromatherapy. Great colors and fragrances put you in a better mood, so when you're going through the store, you're moving more slowly; you might notice more products,&quot; Lempert said.</p> <h3>How to Evade It</h3> <p>Sticking to a list can help you avoid being influenced by attempted mood control. To avoid feeling deprived, Lempert advises drawing a limited number of blanks at the bottom of the page, so you can add two or three impulse buys &mdash; but no more than you can afford.</p> <h2>2. The Endcap Game</h2> <p>As you turn toward the next aisle, you see a towering display of identical cereal boxes. Beware! This may not be what you think it is. &quot;Most people think everything in that endcap is on sale. Only about half the time is it on sale,&quot; Lempert warns.</p> <h3>How to Evade It</h3> <p>&quot;Look carefully at the sign that's there,&quot; Lempert said. If it doesn't specifically show a discount, it's full price.</p> <h2>3. The Stock-Up Stickup</h2> <p>Buy one get one free, three for $5, or the per-ounce savings of the jumbo vat of ketchup &mdash; these can be traps if they lead you down the path of buying more than you can use before the expiration date.</p> <h3>How to Evade It</h3> <p>&quot;Make sure you buy something in an appropriate size to use,&quot; Lempert said. &quot;They might have 64 oz. tomato juice on sale. You have tomato juice occasionally. You might be better off buying the smaller cans, even though they're more expensive (per serving).&quot;</p> <p>On the other hand, if you are sure you'll use the larger volume in a timely manner, go ahead and grab the deal. BOGOs tend to be the largest discounts you'll see on most products. Lempert has one more caveat for stock-up-and-savers.</p> <p>&quot;Check the per-unit price. Just because it's in a bigger package doesn't mean it's cheaper. Because of operational efficiencies, you might find a 16 oz. can is cheaper on a per-unit basis than a 40 oz. can.&quot; If the factories are configured to pump out more 16 oz. cans, those may be the best deal after all.</p> <h2>4. The Scratch and Dent</h2> <p>&quot;A lot of stores have damaged packaged goods, usually by the meat department. Don't go for that,&quot; Lempert warned. &quot;When you have a dented can, you can easily grow bacteria in that can. If it's a damaged package, I don't care how cheap it is, from a food safety standpoint, I won't go near it.&quot;</p> <p>But feel free to pick up kitty litter from the scratch-and-dent bin. &quot;If it's a nonconsumable, sure,&quot; Lempert said.</p> <h2>5. Checkout Coupons</h2> <p>Those little coupons that print out next to the register? You may notice that they bear an uncanny resemblance to items you just bought. This is because brands want to target certain customers and encourage them to try their product next time.</p> <p>&quot;Let's say you're a Coca-Cola drinker. Pepsi wants to steal you, so they'll give you a high-value coupon to encourage you to switch to Pepsi. Or Coke doesn't want you to leave, so they'll give you a Coke coupon,&quot; Lempert said.</p> <p>These aren't necessarily insidious, and may even save you on things you want. But be aware, there's some psychological pressure being attempted here.</p> <h2>Saving Graces</h2> <p>Phil has a few more insider suggestions for saving at the super.</p> <h3>Try the House Specialty</h3> <p>One area where the store and shopper's interests align is the store brand. These products are often identical to name-brand products, sell for less money, and send more profit back to the store. So while the store may try to steer you to its house brand displays, it's not a trap.</p> <p>&quot;Remember that store brands always have a money back guarantee,&quot; Lempert said. &quot;Compare the ingredients and nutritional information on the store brand to the brand you normally buy. If they're identical, it's probably an identical product.&quot;</p> <h3>Join the Club</h3> <p>Lempert advises shoppers to tap every tool available to save: coupons, online programs, and store cards. Don't be paranoid about the fact that the cards and apps help the store compile data on your shopping habits.</p> <p>&quot;There are no secrets in today's world. Everybody knows everything about us,&quot; Lempert said.</p> <p>Well, at least now you also know a little bit more about the supermarket.</p> <p><em>Have you fallen for any of these upsell traps? Noticed any others? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-supermarket-insider-reveals-5-ways-your-grocer-is-trying-to-upsell-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-save-a-bundle-on-your-groceries-consider-you-local-asian-market">Save a Bundle on Your Groceries: Consider Your Local Asian Market</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unbearably-stupid-packaging">Dumbest packaging ever?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Food groceries market shopping supermarket Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1216063 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Steps to Grocery Savings Without Double Coupons http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-steps-to-grocery-savings-without-double-coupons <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-steps-to-grocery-savings-without-double-coupons" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grocery-shopping-134205951-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on grocery savings without double coupons, things that annoy hiring managers, and coming to grips with paying your rent on time.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pocketyourdollars.com/2014/08/6-steps-to-saving-without-double-coupons/">6 Steps to Grocery Savings Without Double Coupons</a> &mdash; You can save at the grocery store without double coupons by comparing what you purchase and tracking sale prices. [Pocket Your Dollars]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Annoys-Hiring-Managers-34912002">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</a> &mdash; Being too persistant can really annoy hiring managers. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/coming-grips-paying-rent-time-universal-credit/">Coming to Grips With Paying Your Rent On Time</a> &mdash; To make sure you pay your rent on time, budget rent as a priority and make cut backs where possible. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/5-times-its-worth-booking-a-hotel-while-backpacking">5 Times It's Worth Booking a Hotel While Backpacking</a> &mdash; If you are backpacking and become concerned about your safety, it is probably worth it to book a hotel. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://shopmyclosetproject.com/how-to-dress-for-the-summer-heat-for-less/">How to Dress Cheaply for the Rest of Summer</a> &mdash; Rocking cotton and linen and remembering that dresses are your friend can help you dress cheaply for the rest of summer. [The Shop My Closet Project]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/10-things-need-fix-to-slow-down-the-march-of-identity-theft/">10 Things We Need to Fix to Slow Down the March of Identity Theft</a> &mdash; In order to slow down identity theft, consumer apathy and security must be dealt with. [Credit Sesame Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://commonsensemillennial.com/do-what-you-love/">Ready to Do What You Love and Find Your Ideal Career?</a> &mdash; Teaching yourself something new and establishing a side hustle can help you find your ideal career. [Common Sense Millennial]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/08/14/are-you-driving-a-lemon/">Are You Driving a Lemon?</a> &mdash; If your car is a lemon, contact the manufacturer as well as the dealer to report any problems with your car. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-tips-on-how-to-act-on-the-sidelines-of-your-child-s-sporting-event">6 Tips on How to Act on the Sidelines of Your Child&rsquo;s Sporting Event</a> &mdash; It is important to be positive and not yell at the coach when attending your child's sporting event. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/law-mandates-instate-tuition-vets-public-colleges.html">New Law Mandates In-State Tuition for Vets Studying at All Public Colleges Starting Next Year</a> &mdash; Starting next year, vets will pay in state tuition fees at all colleges, even if they attend college in another state. [Bargaineering]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-steps-to-grocery-savings-without-double-coupons">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-supermarket-insider-reveals-5-ways-your-grocer-is-trying-to-upsell-you">A Supermarket Insider Reveals 5 Ways Your Grocer Is Trying to Upsell You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-save-a-bundle-on-your-groceries-consider-you-local-asian-market">Save a Bundle on Your Groceries: Consider Your Local Asian Market</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items">Sure Savings at the Supermarket</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping best money tips coupons Food grocery market supermarket Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1185498 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Lowering Your Grocery Bill http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-lowering-your-grocery-bill <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-lowering-your-grocery-bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3488109255_7d558ec387_z%281%29.jpg" alt="Lowering Your Grocery Bill" title="Lowering Your Grocery Bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on lowering your grocery bill, getting health insurance with no job, and saving money on your data plan.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id563-essential-tips-for-lowering-your-grocery-bill.html">Essential Tips For Lowering Your Grocery Bill</a> &mdash; Creating 14-day dinner plans to lower your grocery bill. [Len Penzo]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/how-to-get-health-insurance-with-no-job/">How to Get Health Insurance With No Job</a> &mdash; Need health insurance but don't have a job? Look into high deductible health insurance. [Christian Personal Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/how-to-save-money-on-your-data-plan/">How to Save Money on Your Data Plan</a> &mdash; To save money on your data plan, share data on a family plan. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/random-acts-of-kindness-ideas/">134 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness</a> &mdash; Do something kind and let the person who seems like they are in a rush cut in front of you in line. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/What-Do-When-Your-Flights-Been-Canceled-14861656">How To Stay Calm And Savvy When Your Flight's Been Canceled</a> &mdash; If your flight gets canceled, get in touch with your airline and check your ticket contract. [SavvySugar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/15-ways-to-upcycle-and-save-money/">15 Ways To Upcycle and Save Money</a> &mdash; Use old spaghetti jars to organize nails and screws or as vases. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/6376/joint-vs-separate-checking-accounts-which-is-better-kmercadante/">Joint vs. Separate Checking Accounts, Which is Better?</a> &mdash; Joint checking accounts may be a better option when you want to create a single financial plan. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/12/its-better-to-give-in-big-chunks.html">It's Better to Give in Big Chunks</a> &mdash; When donating to charity, it costs less in fundraising costs if you only give to a few charities. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/flying-with-kids-17-tips-for-happier-holiday-air-travel">Flying With Kids: 17 Tips for Happier Holiday Air Travel</a> &mdash; When flying with kids, pack some new toys and games for them to enjoy during the flight. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2012/12/12-apps-to-effortlessly-keep-your-life-in-sync/">12 Apps To Effortlessly Keep Your Life In Sync</a> &mdash; Dropbox and Evernote are just a couple awesome apps to help you keep your life in sync. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-lowering-your-grocery-bill">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-supermarket-insider-reveals-5-ways-your-grocer-is-trying-to-upsell-you">A Supermarket Insider Reveals 5 Ways Your Grocer Is Trying to Upsell You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money">5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-save-a-bundle-on-your-groceries-consider-you-local-asian-market">Save a Bundle on Your Groceries: Consider Your Local Asian Market</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Food groceries market supermarket Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 961666 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Smart Supermarket Saving Tips http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-supermarket-saving-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-smart-supermarket-saving-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/104306106_31eb757b79_z-1.jpg" alt="Smart Supermarket Saving Tips" title="Smart Supermarket Saving Tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on smart supermarket saving tips, combating over-spending, and earning free travel with your credit card.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Supermarket-19548670">6 Smart Saving Tips For Your Next Supermarket Spree</a> &mdash; Next time you head to the supermarket, remember to shop high and low. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/2012/09/5-ways-to-combat-over-spending/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheCentsibleLife+%28the+centsible+life%29">5 Ways to Combat Over-Spending</a> &mdash; To combat over-spending, save for a rainy day. [Centsible Life]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/earning-free-travel-with-your-credit-card/">The Key To Earning Free Travel With Your Credit Card</a> &mdash; Earn free travel with your credit card by maximizing bonus spending categories. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2012/09/18/how-volunteering-pays-off/">How Volunteering Pays Off</a> &mdash; If you love the arts but can't afford tickets to events, consider volunteering. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://couplemoney.com/goals/getting-through-your-money-to-do-list-without-killing-each-other/">Getting Through Your Money To Do List Without Killing Each Other</a> &mdash; To get through your money to do list without killing your significant other, start off by discussing your money dreams with your partner. [Couple Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/technology/how-get-iphone-5-if-youre-still-under-contract">How to Get the iPhone 5 If You're Still Under Contract</a> &mdash; If you want to get the iPhone 5 and you are still under contract, sell your old phone to help cover the cost of your 2 year contract termination fee. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/envelope-budgeting-with-prepaid-debit-cards">4 Easy Tips For Envelope Budgeting With Prepaid Debit Cards</a> &mdash; It is important to pick a prepaid debit card that fits your needs when you are trying to use envelope budgeting with a prepaid debit card. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://personaldividends.com/5-tips-for-a-less-stressful-travel-experience/">5 Tips for a Less Stressful Travel Experience</a> &mdash; Want to have a less stressful travel experience? Try to pack as light as possible. [Personal Dividends]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/09/how-to-save-money-by-keeping-good-records.html">How to Save Money by Keeping Good Records</a> &mdash; Keeping good records on your car can help you save money. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/falling-for-chocolate-treats-for-celebrating-the-season">Falling for Chocolate: 6 Treats for Celebrating the Season</a> &mdash; Make brownies or chocolate chip cookies to celebrate fall! [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/08/get-rich-slowlys-moolah-tweetchat-0">Get Rich Slowly's #moolah Tweetchat</a> &mdash; Don't miss Get Rich Slowly's #moolah tweetchat at 4pm PST!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-supermarket-saving-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-supermarket-insider-reveals-5-ways-your-grocer-is-trying-to-upsell-you">A Supermarket Insider Reveals 5 Ways Your Grocer Is Trying to Upsell You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money">Concession stand treats – a license to print money.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Food market supermarket Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:00:42 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 954581 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You to Spend More http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-sneaky-ways-supermarkets-get-you-to-spend-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-sneaky-ways-supermarkets-get-you-to-spend-more" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4015828958_68415f3311_z-1.jpg" alt="Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You To Spend More" title="Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You To Spend More" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on sneaky ways supermarkets get you to spend more, paying less for insurance, and money talks to have with your kids.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Supermarket-Psychology-Tricks-18344600">5 Sneaky Ways Supermarkets Get You To Spend More</a> &mdash; Don't fall for the supermarket trick of larger shopping carts make you to spend more. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/6057/pay-less-your-insurance-coverage-kmulligan/">Pay Less for Your Insurance Coverage</a> &mdash; To pay less for your insurance coverage, find a better price by doing a price check. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/three-must-have-money-talks/">Three Must-Have Money Talks for Kids - and How to Start Them</a> &mdash; Make sure you discuss the risks of credit cards with your children! [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/pay-off-your-car-loan/">The Best Ways to Pay Off Your Car Loan Early</a> &mdash; Pay off your car loan early by refinance your loan. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/trends/7-products-that-are-getting-cheaper-062012/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MyMint+%28Mint+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">7 Products That Are Getting Cheaper</a> &mdash; Did you know that smart phones and car rentals are getting cheaper? [MintLife Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/frugality/7-frugal-ways-to-beat-summertime-woes/">7 Frugal Ways to Beat Summertime Woes</a> &mdash; To beat the summertime woe of sunburns, use some diaper rash cream. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2012/06/24/check-out-the-library-not-just-for-books-175365/">Check Out the Library - Not Just for Books</a> &mdash; Head to your library to get music, audiobooks, and children's resources. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/entrepreneur-multitasking-vs-focus/">How To Keep Your Sanity As A Busy Entrepreneur</a> &mdash; If you are a busy entrepreneur, know when to cut back on projects. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/last-minute-camp-ideas">Last-Minute Camp Ideas</a> &mdash; Are you thinking about sending your kids to camp this summer? Consider sending them to music camp. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/06/20/10-ways-to-change-your-life-at-any-age/">10 Ways to Change Your LIfe at Any Age</a> &mdash; To change your life at any age, let go of the past. [Marc and Angel Hack LIfe]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-sneaky-ways-supermarkets-get-you-to-spend-more">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-theres-no-reason-not-to-buy-store-brand-baby-formula">Why there&#039;s no reason NOT to buy store brand baby formula.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings">Supermarket Savings Guide</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items">Sure Savings at the Supermarket</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever">12 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar Forever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips spending supermarket Tue, 26 Jun 2012 09:36:22 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 935911 at http://www.wisebread.com Sure Savings at the Supermarket http://www.wisebread.com/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2259224024_d5ac7518e5_z.jpg" alt="shopping cart" title="shopping cart" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's not much price difference on national brands among stores, but there is one way you can definitely save big.</p> <p>I've priced a market basket of 9 staple items at two nearby supermarkets &mdash; our two large regionals are Hannaford and Shaw's &mdash; and share the results here with you. I also invite you to price these items in your area and post the results here on Wise Bread.</p> <p>The great majority of Americans live within a few miles of competing grocery stores, so you expect their prices to be competititve, and they usually are. But, the savings really add up when you compare the prices of their <strong>store brands </strong>both to the national brands, and to each other. I've included store brand items in my market basket pricing so you can clearly see the savings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-other-grocery-stores-should-steal-from-trader-joes" title="5 Things Other Grocery Stores Should Steal From Trader Joe's">5 Things Other Grocery Stores Should Steal From Trader Joe's</a>)</p> <p>Before we check out the market basket, a word first about store brands, which are also called private labels. They are not offered on all products, but are certainly available on most of the staple items you buy week after week. We know you can save money buying store brands, so the question really is one of <strong>quality</strong>: Is it comparable to what you get with a brand label?</p> <p>I have always bought store brands, and with very few exceptions, have found them to be good quality, and a good value. Private labels traditionally have been produced by the name-label companies, usually to the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100000-with-a-do-it-yourself-taste-test">same standards</a>, although occasionally a private label may have its own product specifications. The one store brand item I have found repeatedly disappointing is dish detergent.</p> <p>Below is the list of market basket items, the name brand, that price at each of the two area chain supermarkets and the price for the store brand at each store. Pricing was done on Saturday, September 13, no sale prices were included.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="/files/fruganomics/u4/chart1.png" alt="food cost chart" title="food comparison chart" width="474" height="486" /></p> <p>While the difference between stores on national brands, and even on store brands, isn't terribly significant, the difference at&nbsp; either store between name brands and private labels <strong>IS substantial</strong>. These are the total market basket costs for the nine items:</p> <table border="0" width="500" height="84"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center"> <p>Hannaford National Brands</p> </td> <td align="center"> <p>&nbsp;Hannaford Store Brands</p> </td> <td align="center"> <p>&nbsp;Shaw's National Brands</p> </td> <td align="center"> <p>&nbsp;Shaw's Store Brands</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="center">&nbsp;$22.45</td> <td align="center">&nbsp;$17.84</td> <td align="center">&nbsp;$24.07</td> <td align="center">&nbsp;$18.16</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The bottom line is clear</strong>. You can save approximately <strong>20-25%</strong> by buying store brands when they're available. Now, <em>that's</em> a good saving strategy!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mary-webber">Mary Webber</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sure-savings-at-the-supermarket-how-to-save-25-on-9-staple-items">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Sorry, but it was the easiest way to get my point across. As a father of a 3-year old and a soon to be 1-year old, I’ve suffered the guilt of buying formula that wasn’t name brand. When money was short, we had no choice. But why the guilt? Is it so bad? In short, no. It’s almost exactly the same and it’s half the price. </p> <p>So, what’s the deal? Why the huge price difference and why the guilt-trips? Well, to answer that I’d have to go back around 4 years to when my wife and I first discovered we were pregnant. The second you realize you’re responsible for a life, you start to do the responsible thing. You shop around for the best crib you can afford, decorate the nursery, invest in all kinds of gadgets and gizmos and become a walking cliché for the phrase “nothing’s too good for our baby.” </p> <p>And that’s what lies at the heart of this issue. There’s a reason Babies R Us is growing so fast, and why the baby business is a multi-billion dollar industry. New parents, even old parents, feel that money should really be no object when it comes to a child. After all, how could you even think of pinching pennies when it comes to the life of your most precious addition?</p> <p>I could go through all of the ways the moguls at big corporations factor guilt into every ad campaign and safety study, but I’m sure you know most of them already. But when it comes to infant formula, one of the biggest guilt trips of all is the purchase of store brand formula. You may as well be feeding your baby beer and yesterday’s garbage, the looks you get from people in the supermarket queue are the same. </p> <p>Well, I’m here to say once and for all that there is nothing wrong with store brand formula, and I say this as an ashamed parent who has been buying name brand for over three years. Yes, name brand. The expensive stuff. After my wife stopped breast-feeding with each baby, around the 8-month mark, we have thrown away hundreds and hundreds of dollars buying name brand formula. That was money that could have gone towards all number of things for our babies...and why? To avoid looking and feeling bad, and to feel great knowing we were doing the best for our kids. But no more. It stops today, for today I did my research and found out the truth behind the infant formula cover-up. Let’s start with the most important point.</p> <p><strong>EVERY can of baby formula must meet FDA regulations. </strong><br />It’s called the <a href="http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=45151">Infant Formula Act</a> . It basically means that the “safety and nutritional quality of infant formulas are ensured by requiring that manufacturers follow specific procedures in manufacturing infant formulas.” In short, whether you buy Enfamil or Target brand, your baby is getting a product certified by the FDA as good and healthy for your baby. And as long as you buy a formula with iron, you’re fine. All you’re really paying for is a fancy label…and at an extra $13 a can, that’s one pricey label.<br /><strong><br />So what are the major differences?</strong><br />There aren’t any. The differences are very minor, and it all comes down to taste and texture. For instance, <strong>Enfamil Lipil</strong> provides a whey-to-casein ratio of 60:40, which is supposed to mimic breastmilk exactly. <strong>Similac Advance</strong> contains no palm olein oil, which supposedly “promotes increased calcium absorption and greater bone mineralization.” And the one my family used (until today) was <strong>Nestle Good Start Supreme</strong>. It contains 100% whey and partially hydrolyzed &#39;comfort proteins&#39;; these little proteins make the milk easier to digest and help with reflux, something from which both our girls suffered. </p> <p>As for store brands, well, their formulas are almost identical. It’s hard to know for sure what they leave out or put in, you need to do a side-by-side comparison on the labels to see which name brand formula they are mimicking. And almost all of them are made by one company – Wyeth. You can check them <a href="http://www.wyeth.com/">out here.</a> I also saw another company crop up quite a lot in my research. They’re called <a href="http://www.pbmproducts.com/">PBM products. </a>Both companies supply infant formula to all the major supermarket chains, and they make a quality product. </p> <p><a href="http://www.pbmproducts.com/"></a> <strong>But my pediatrician offers the name brand formula. Why?</strong><br />Money. Pediatricians are hit by a barrage of marketing campaigns, samples and kick-backs in order to ‘give away’ samples of name brand formulas. When we left the hospital the nurse offered us one of two bags filled with formula samples, gifts and coupons. One was by Enfamil, the other Similac. No surprise there, they’re the two leaders of the formula world and can afford to dazzle you with free gifts and coupons in the first few months of your baby’s life. These coupons soon dry up though, and you’re faced with paying over $26 for a can of formula that is being sold next to store brand formula that costs half that price. </p> <p>One thing I have learned is consistency. Whatever you choose, when you find one that works you should stick with it. It’s better on you baby’s digestion. But if you happen to stick with Target or Safeway formula, do it with your head held high and feel the power of being an informed consumer. You’re doing good by your baby and saving money for the future. Now, does that sound like something anyone needs to feel guilty about?</p> <p><strong>Further reading </strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/baby-toddler/eating-and-sleeping/formula/formula-4-07/overview/0704_formula_ov.htm">http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/baby-toddler/eating-and-sleeping/formula/formula-4-07/overview/0704_formula_ov.htm </a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/infant/baby_formula.html">http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/infant/baby_formula.html</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.momadvice.com/blog/2006/09/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know.htm">http://www.momadvice.com/blog/2006/09/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know.htm</a> </p> <p><a href="http://babycheapskate.blogspot.com/2006/09/store-brand-formula-good-enough-or.html">http://babycheapskate.blogspot.com/2006/09/store-brand-formula-good-enough-or.html</a> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.pbmproducts.com/"></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-theres-no-reason-not-to-buy-store-brand-baby-formula">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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