Saving Money On Groceries And Household Items

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Korky Vann, the Hartford Courant’s “savvy shopper,” talks about how you can save money by stocking up on sale-priced food and household items. Here are some tips:

  • If you have limited space, focus on essentials. You want to try to build up enough to last at least until the next sale cycle. Most items tend to go on sale every four to six weeks.
  • Check out warehouse clubs where foods are sold in bulk. At most, you can ask for a day pass to see if they stock products you use and how much you’ll save. Right now, BJ’s is offering a 60-day free pass.
  • Before you buy anything, make a list of what your family eats — and uses — on a regular basis, so you’ll know how much to buy.
  • Not sure how long a box of cereal or bottle of dish soap lasts? When you open it, mark the date on the label. You’ll get a sense of how many you use in a week or month.
  • Start clipping and saving coupons you can match with sale items.
  • Be sure to rotate the items in your stockpile according to expiration dates. Store the most recently purchased items in the back and use the oldest first.
  • When sale items are out of stock, get as many rain checks as you can and stock up down the road.

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