Timing is everything when it comes to scoring deals, and as far as grocery shopping goes, it pays to hit the supermarket midweek. Check out this great tip from our June 2012 issue (on stands now)—it might be worth cruising down all the aisles on a Wednesday, just to make sure you don't miss a bargain!
"If you shop on the day your grocery store starts its weekly sales (often Wednesday), you can get the best selection.
Kroger's sales begin on Sunday and run through Saturday.
Both my Publix and Kroger double coupons up to $0.50, so I always make sure I check to see I have a coupon for anything that is on sale. This can save you a TON of money, especially if you can combine your double coupons with Publix's BOGO deals.
Another way to save a ton of money off your grocery bill is to check with the butcher to see what day they mark down their meats. Some people are weird about this, but I have never had any issues whatsoever by following these basic food safety guidelines:
- Make sure the meat is NOT PAST the date on the package if it is labeled "use by." Stores usually will mark it down a day or two before the package date.
- Don't buy any meat that looks sketchy. If it's discolored or smells funky, it doesn't matter if you can get filet for $1.
- If you aren't going to use the meat within 24 hours, make sure you freeze it. My rule is if I'm not making it the same day I buy it, it goes in the freezer no matter what. Better safe than sorry.