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5 Tactics to Save while Grocery Shopping

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5 Tactics to Save while Grocery Shopping

It's Saturday morning and you're just about to roll out of bed, ready to start the day. You head down to your kitchen after freshening up, pop open the fridge and to every persons disappointment are greeted with an empty fridge. Hey I know you're busy and shopping isn't always top of mind but now you got to make a trek to the grocery store.

I've worked in the grocery business for over 10 years for some extremely large grocery chains and i've also worked on the pricing side of the business. Here are some surprisingly interesting statistics. If you purchase meat from the butcher in the grocery stores that includes seasoning only, you'll pay 32.5% more for it vs. purchasing the pre-packed meat and seasoning it yourself. If you purchase pre-cut fruit you'll pay 36% more than purchasing the fruit and cutting it yourself.Its now time to buy what you need, what you think you need and what the grocery stores want you to buy. Grocery stores often rely on basket size to drive their sales since products in a grocery store conventionally carry a low margin. This is especially true for the discount stores that sell your bare bone groceries. However, grocery retailers have gotten smarter and have shifted to the convenience business. Grocery stores are taking on the responsibility to prepare your sandwiches in store, provide ready cut fruits, be your butcher, baker and much more. Since they are shifting labour from you to them, they can charge the extra dollars and surprisingly people are willing to pay for it.

The problem is consumers don't know exactly how much more you're paying for the labour that stores contribute. If you actually do the cutting and preparation at home, you can save a ton off your grocery bills. So for the folks out there who choose to purchase these products, my feedback would be:

Stop being lazy and save your money!

Another strategy to save money is coupon shopping. Most retailers are more than willing to match or even exceed the price you pay. Typically your flyers would shipped to you a few days prior to the sale week which gives you more than enough time to line up the items on your grocery list vs. which retailers have the lowest price.

Last, dont be afraid to shop private. Most grocers will have their own private label which is typically cheaper than national brands and carry similar if not identical quality. In fact, some private brands are packaged from national brand vendors and therefore the contents in the box is the same with a difference only in packaging. Its always good practice to shop and compare private vs. national brands, but the majority of the times you'll find the private brands provide for better overall value.

Grocery shopping doesnt have to be painful or expensive, and with a little planning could save you a lot of money down the road.

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