grocery store http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8172/all en-US 10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-grocery-shopping-92041915-small.jpg" alt="man grocery shopping" title="man grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've strolled down aisle after aisle, checked shelf after shelf. But some of these little-known grocery facts may surprise even the most grizzled grocery vet.</p> <h2>1. The Supermarket Is Not Your Best Bet for Fresh Food</h2> <p>Christina Major, creator of the Grocery Store Shopping Trip &mdash; which aims to help sufferers of Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure &mdash; advocates for skipping the supermarket altogether when buying meats, fish, cheese, fruits, and vegetables. If you prefer freshness over frugality, that is. &quot;The grocery store can't be fresh &mdash; it's impossible, &quot;she says. &quot;The foods need to travel from farm to warehouse to truck, to store&hellip; and then wait for a stockperson to put it out. By the time you see a 'fresh' vegetable, it's already days, if not weeks, old.&quot; As an alternative, Major suggests picking up these perishables at your local farmer's market and butcher.</p> <h2>2. There May Be a 'Day-Old' Bread Store in Your Town</h2> <p>Bread is fairly expensive, but you can cut the cost by checking for markdowns in the bakery section of your grocery store on goods reaching their expiration date &mdash; or, better yet, by locating a &quot;day-old&quot; bread store in your area. Diane Lockard, a fellow <a href="https://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/5quick-kitchen-moves-that-cost-you-money-012012/">personal finance writer at Mint.com</a>, says that many towns have these kinds of stores (my hometown did), and she recently purchased a large amount of hot dog and hamburger buns at a big discount for a family reunion by using this tactic.</p> <h2>3. Your Grocery Store Has a Clearance Section</h2> <p>Jessica Fisher, author of the cookbook <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1558328432/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1558328432&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HF7FK37MPHISSG5T">Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less</a>, scoops up deals at her supermarket's clearance section. She says, &quot;There are fabulous markdowns on all kinds of things that are perfectly good &mdash; sometimes years from their sell-by date &mdash; that the store is discontinuing. I've saved tons of money buying gourmet and organic items &mdash; as well as organic produce &mdash; this way.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <h2>4. Nutritional Labels Are More Deceptive Than You Think</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071432396/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0071432396&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=3ZJOZPNAC5QG4X2Z">Cooking Aboard Your RV</a> author Janet Groene warns, &quot;Even avid label readers often miss the key point, which is portion size. To understand how many carbs, how much sodium and so on, look at how many servings the package provides. Most of us take pride in counting calories, not realizing that we're eating more than one portion.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Don't Shop Before 10 a.m. on the Day a Sale Starts</h2> <p>Home organizing blogger Ginny Underwood, advises waiting until mid-morning to do your shopping the day an advertised sale starts &mdash; especially on fresh protein items. &quot;Don't shop too early [that morning], as the butcher and fishmonger many not have the specials out in the display case until 10 a.m.,&quot; she says.</p> <h2>6. You're Probably Not Buying the Right Whole-Grain Foods</h2> <p>Immediately opt for packages with words like &quot;multi-grain,&quot; &quot;stone-ground,&quot; and &quot;whole wheat&quot;? Chris Weiler, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0989179605/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0989179605&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=HLQ6LU3PV7EO2WIZ">The 3/4 Rule: How to Eat as a Young Athlete</a>, explains that you may need to look closer. &quot;The higher the fiber content the more nutrient dense the food, he says. &quot;The 'Fiber Rule' is your secret weapon that enables you to know without a doubt whether or not the ingredients are really whole grains. Since the fiber content is the defining measure of a whole grain, don't even bother reading the marketing claims on the package; simply look at the fiber content.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-whole-grain-nutrition?ref=seealso">Getting Whole-Grain Nutrition</a>)</p> <p>Weiler notes that there is a connection between the ingredients list and the amount of fiber listed on the Nutrition Facts table. &quot;If the dietary fiber serving is 3 grams or above, you can be confident that you have a quality, whole-grain food source. The more grams of fiber per serving means that a higher percentage of the food you are eating comes from whole grains. If you are eating a piece of bread that has 2 grams of fiber per serving versus one that has 6 grams per serving, you know that the 2 gram slice of bread contains a low amount of whole grain ingredients and is therefore not as nutrient dense.&quot;</p> <h2>7. This &quot;Natural Ingredient&quot; in Your Food May Make You Gag</h2> <p>I know that gelatin isn't a PETA-friendly food since it consists of animal parts, like bones, but you might be surprised to learn that there may be a little bit of beaver in your diet as well. Melissa Garcia, owner of ConsumerQueen.com, recently enlightened me that the &quot;natural ingredients&quot; listed on labels may be more natural than we care to know. &quot;Castoreum, which is a secretion made by beavers from the anal glands, is used as a food additive in some of the products you buy,&quot; Garcia says. &quot;You might find it in some vanilla and strawberry flavored ice-cream and yogurt. Next time you pick one of these products up, check the label.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/im-eating-what-12-gross-things-in-your-food?ref=seealso">I'm Eating What? 12 Gross Things in Your Food</a>)</p> <h2>8. You Can Return Things to the Grocery Store</h2> <p>If you're not satisfied with a product you bought &mdash; maybe your milk is already spoiled when you opened it or your apple had a worm in it &mdash; you can take it back to the supermarket. Just like at the mall.</p> <h2>9. Yep, There's an App for That</h2> <p>You can save even more dough at the grocery store &mdash; on top of the sale savings, coupons, and other tactics you're already using &mdash; by downloading savings apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51, both of which are relatively new to the scene. Instead of coupon-like savings that are deducted from your bill, these apps reward you in cash when you buy items that the apps are promoting. I personally use these apps, and I've saved well over $25 since downloading that I can trade in for gift cards or have sent to my PayPal account in real money. You also can search your app store for supermarket-specific apps that also can help stack up the savings.</p> <h2>10. Compare Prices for Similar Items in Different Departments</h2> <p>This tip is kind of a wow-moment for me because I've honestly never thought about this. The amazing tip comes from Stephanie Nelson, founder of <a href="http://www.couponmom.com/">CouponMom.com</a>. &quot;Check different departments,&quot; Nelson says. &quot;A type of cheese sold in the deli department might cost more than a different brand of the same type of cheese sold in the dairy department. One brand of a type of nuts in the produce department might cost less than a different brand of the same type of nuts in the baking aisle.&quot; Seriously &mdash; Mind. Blown. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/market-clones-how-to-pay-drastically-less-for-pricey-products?ref=seealso">Market Clones: How to Pay Drastically Less for Pricey Products</a>)</p> <p><em>Do you have other supermarket secrets that you're willing to declassify? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">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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Today we found some great articles on last minute gifts you can buy at the grocery store, stuffing an epic stocking, and what to do with a holiday bonus.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Gifts-You-Can-Buy-Grocery-Store-26321070">Last-Minute Gifts You Can Buy At The Grocery Store</a> &mdash; Still haven't finished your holiday shopping? Head to the grocery store and pick up some wine! [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/12/18/121-ways-to-stuff-an-epic-stocking/">120 Ideas to Stuff an Epic Stocking</a> &mdash; To stuff an epic stocking, make it personal and realize less is more. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/you-got-a-holiday-bonus-now-what/">You Got a Holiday Bonus-Now What?</a> &mdash; If you got a holiday bonus, use it to build an emergency fund. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/ask/archive/your-year-end-financial-to-do-list.html?si=1">Your Year-End Financial To-Do List</a> &mdash; As 2012 draws to a close, remember to clean out your flexible spending account. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2012/12/21/selective-memory-and-your-wallet/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thesimpledollar+%28The+Simple+Dollar%29">Selective Memory and Your Wallet</a> &mdash; Make sure selective memory doesn't negatively impact your wallet by keeping a money diary. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=6aa7cbe0-4362-487b-92c4-8bc219afa112&amp;ref=bfv">3 money-saving auto tips you've never heard</a> &mdash; Save money on your car by replacing your oxygen sensors before they wear out. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/6-ways-increase-tips-waiter-waitress-server.html">6 Ways to Increase Your Tips as a Waiter, Waitress or Server</a> &mdash; To increase your tips if you are a waiter, waitress, or server, squat down to be at or below eye level with your customers. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/12/most-soon-to-be-retirees-dont-have-enough-saved.html">Most Soon-to-Be Retirees Don't Have Enough Saved</a> &mdash; Did you know the median retirement savings for households near retirement is only $120,000? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/divorce-costs-types/">How Much Does a Divorce Cost? - Types &amp; Ways to Save</a> &mdash; If you are getting a divorce, save money on it by opting for a flat-fee divorce. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-holiday-safety-hazards-how-to-keep-safe-this-season">6 Holiday Safety Hazards: How to Keep Kids Safe This Season</a> &mdash; Keep small items out of the reach of young children to prevent choking hazards this holiday season. [Parenting Squad]</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-last-minute-gifts-you-can-buy-at-the-grocery-store">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-couple-of-morning-links-to-help-you-save-christmas-presents-anyone">A Couple of Morning Links to Help You Save (Christmas Presents, Anyone?)</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/last-minute-wrapping-paper-5-options">Last Minute Wrapping Paper: 5 Options</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/deadweight-loss-of-christmas-economist-explains-why-gifts-are-inefficient">Deadweight loss of Christmas: Economist explains why gifts are inefficient</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/are-you-dreaming-of-a-frugal-christmas-6-things-you-can-make-that-people-on-your-list-will-use-and-w">Dreaming of a Frugal Christmas: 6 Things You Can Make That People on Your List Will Use and Want</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/ultimate-gift-guide-thoughtful-ideas-for-every-list-and-every-budget">Ultimate Gift Guide: Thoughtful Ideas for Every List and Every Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips Christmas gifts grocery store Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:00:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 961179 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save at Your Local Grocery Store http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-at-your-local-grocery-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-at-your-local-grocery-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4713745704_a41ff1767b_z-1.jpg" alt="Save at Your Local Grocery Store" title="Save at Your Local Grocery Store" 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 awesome articles on saving at your local grocery store, cheaper ways to dine out, and tips to avoid email phishing scams.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://savingmoneytoday.net/five-ways-to-save-at-your-local-grocery-store/">Five Ways to Save at Your Local Grocery Store</a> &mdash; Save at your grocery store by buying store brands instead of name brands. [Saving Money Today]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?_p=d6dd71f5-06ca-4727-9d92-2e0c2f432918&amp;ref=bfv&amp;post=7bb12b8c-48a5-40aa-b380-cbfa65b7b55c">11 cheaper ways to dine out</a> &mdash; Save money when dining out by eating lunch instead of dinner and using coupons. [MSNMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cardratings.com/visa-offers-five-tips-to-avoid-email-phishing-scams.html?WT.qs_osrc=WIB">Visa offers 5 tips to avoid email phishing scams</a> &mdash; Always be cautious about clicking links in unsolicited emails you receive. [CardRatings.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2012/03/13/prepare-to-get-sick/">Prepare to Get Sick</a> &mdash; If you know you are having surgery or will need meds, pick them up before you need them. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://20andengaged.com/4-reasons-to-have-the-money-talk-and-set-up-a-money-plan-with-your-spouse">4 Reasons to Have the Money Talk and Set Up a Money Plan With Your Spouse</a> &mdash; It is important to talk about money with your spouse so you can establish rules for disputes. [20 and Engaged]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.financialwoman.com/5-tips-for-conscious-spending?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FinancialWoman+%28Financial+Woman%29">5 Tips for Conscious Spending</a> &mdash; To become a conscious spender, develop a value based mindset. [Financial Woman]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyliciousblog.com/2011/07/4-common-marriage-credit-myths.html">4 Common Marriage-Credit Myths</a> &mdash; When you get married, your credit won't merge with your spouse's credit. [Moneylicious Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Remember-Things-22188563">10 Smart Ways To Remember Things</a> &mdash; Use post-its or to-do lists to remember things. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2012/03/08/timing-is-everything-five-ways-timing-can-make-a-difference-in-your-bottom-line/?WT.qs_osrc=WIB">Five Ways Timing Can Make a Difference in Your Bottom Line</a> &mdash; If you try to make a purchase when a seller is in a hurry, you will probably get a good deal. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/prosquad-my-child-hates-the-bedtime-routine">ProSquad: My Child Hates the Bedtime Routine</a> &mdash; If your child hates their bedtime routine, consider moving bedtime 20-30 minutes earlier. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/03/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat at 12pm PST! We will be giving away prizes.</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-save-at-your-local-grocery-store">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/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</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/4-sort-of-small-kitchen-gadgets-that-equal-big-savings">4 Sort-of Small Kitchen Gadgets that Equal Big Savings!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips Food groceries grocery store Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:00:23 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 911525 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save Money at the Butcher's http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-at-the-butchers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-money-at-the-butchers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/449275825_7988a06e2f.jpg" alt="butcher shop" title="butcher shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might be aware of the local butcher shop but hadn't given much thought to ever stopping by to check out what they have to offer. Recently, we moved into a new house that is within walking distance of the local meat shop, one which I have never shopped in before. What I found there was quite surprising. It turned out to be good for my wallet and my freezer. If you opt to buy your meats at the grocery or super store, not only are you missing out on savings, you may be missing out on quality.</p> <h2>Check Price by Pound</h2> <p>When you are price checking between regular packages and that special &quot;family saver&quot; larger package, make sure you are checking out the price per pound and not relying solely on the total price. In some cases, the regular packet is cheaper than the family pack. You can buy multiple packs of the smaller size for less than the supposed family saver packages.</p> <h2>Cut to Order</h2> <p>A butcher shop gives its customers so many more options for meats than just prepackaged, what-you-see-is-what-you-get. For instance, you can save up to $2 a pound on boneless pork chops by purchasing a whole boneless roast. The butcher can then slice the roast into chops suitable for your family dinner. Additionally, butchers can cut out your work time by providing other services like trimming the fat from meats, slicing or grinding meat, and then repackaging it to be freezer-ready &mdash; at no additional charge.</p> <h2>Ask for Substitutions</h2> <p>You can find additional savings in the meat shop by deferring to your butcher for recommendations on meat substitutions for your favorite dinners. Often, they can recommend a less expensive cut of meat, an alternative meat, or a new way to prepare a tired dish. For the adventurous, you can also get expert advice on less pricey cuts of meat that do not look appealing to the eye but are more than acceptable for your stomach. You may not know that some of the most flavorful meats are those that you may not normally look at twice.</p> <h2>Know Your Labels</h2> <p>When shopping for meats outside of the butcher shop, make sure you don't look just for designer labels. The only sticker you should concern yourself with besides the price is the tag from the USDA. Look for meats with &quot;Quality Grade&quot; stickers. You should also understand what the other labels mean to your mouth and your wallet. For example, &quot;prime&quot; is the best cut and the most expensive. The next cut is &quot;choice,&quot; then &quot;select,&quot; followed by &quot;standard.&quot;</p> <p>It is also key to remember that even if a label proclaims the meat to be 100% natural, it is likely that it has still been injected with something unnatural, such as carbon monoxide, to keep the meat from turning brown. Read the ingredients label to see what else is in your meat product.</p> <h2>Choose Fresh</h2> <p>Never go for meats based on price. Grocery stores typically will place the nearly-expired meats at the lowest prices. It is a good choice if you plan on cooking the meats immediately. But if you are looking for the freshest cuts, select the packages furthest from the front and stacked at the bottom of the pile.</p> <p>A trip to the meat market can be much less expensive and much tastier than what you find in your usual grocery store. Don't be afraid to ask questions for a better idea of how to stock your freezer. Also, inquire about meat packages some butcher sell specifically for the freezer. You can select from several packages that are cut, packaged, and freezer-ready to keep your freezer stocked for all your cooking needs.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-at-the-butchers">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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