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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Frugal Friday--Shop in the Store Order

To keep going with the theme of the past few Frugal Fridays we are sticking with the grocery store a few more weeks.  There's so much to be done.  So many ways to save.  I don't want you to miss out on any of the tricks I've learned.

I'd love to hear from anyone else who knows something I've not mentioned.  I promise not to turn you into a guest blogger, unless you'd like to do that.  :)

The title tells you what I'm yammering on about today; that you should shop in the order of the store.  We'll have to use my HEB as the guide.  Please know that your store may vary its order and that my store no longer is in this order and I need to completely revamp the way I build my list, but I'm waiting until they are finished with the remodel.  Every week when we walk in J says, "Something new and different every week."  I'm looking forward to the day when things are settled again.

Anyway, my store starts with produce so as I write things down on my list I start with produce, then breads, condiments and peanut butter.  Next up is meat.  So if mid-week I've realized I need to pick up peanut butter I will go down to the 5th or 6th line of my tablet and write that down leaving plenty of space above for produce and meat.  Canned veggies and fruit are next, with tomato products, soups & pastas all together.

The point of doing this is that you can walk down just the aisles that you need to, you wont have to backtrack (most of the time) and spend more time in the store.  Of course I tend to miss the new products,  B has taught me that.  But if you are really working on saving money you may not necessarily want to discover hip new products.

Spending lots of the time in the store is just not all that fun and it can be very expensive.  The longer you are in there the more likely you are to spend more and more money!  Even the most vigilant shopper with cash in their pocket can start to be tempted by 24 different types of oreos; it was 24 types, right C???

Save time and save money too!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bertha here. We don’t have an HEB in Tuna but I’m going to try this at the Piggly Wiggly. It might save me from a run-in with Vera Carp. She is always looking at the new stuff to see if there’s anything to report to the BBB, the Better Baptist Bureau, or the Smut Snatchers. Did you know that ketchup has (lean in close I’m going to whisper) lycopene? Trust me, it didn’t take long to rid the shelves of the devil’s dipping sauce. DiDi Snavely was convinced Clint Eastwood was going to rind into town like The Stranger in High Plains Drifter, paint the town red with ketchup, and kill us all. Well, that didn’t happen but DiDi did sell a lot of used weaponry.