You can save a lot of money on your grocery shopping by using lost leaders and coupons to your advantage.
These are small marketing techniques that stores use to draw you into shopping at their location and they really can help you get your grocery budget back on track.
Coupons and lost leaders can help you start putting a few extra pennies back into your wallet. Every little saving adds up when you are facing tough economic times. A dollar saved in one area gives you an extra dollar to spend somewhere else. Just as pennies saved can add up to quite a substantial amount so do those grocery dollar savings.
Grocery prices have been rising and for many families this is just one more additional expense that they are having difficulty adding into their family budget. Those extra pennies spent on increasing food costs do add up. Frugal shopping is becoming a norm for many families.
Not Sure What a Lost Leader is?
A lost leader is a product that is put on a super sale price to draw customers into the store. Often this product is priced so low that it is at or below the cost that the retailer has paid for the item.
The reason that the store owner puts these items on for such a low price is that he or she is counting on the costumer to purchase other items while they are in the store buying the lost leader.
The store owner may advertise hamburger and hotdog buns for the low price of 75 cents per dozen, but keep his hotdogs, hamburger, ketchup, and relish at regular retail price. He is counting on the fact that you are very likely to buy more than just the hotdog or hamburger buns while you are at the store.
Products often given a lost leader price are brand names, seasonal products, and basics such as butter, milk, and eggs.
You have probably noticed that turkeys generally go on sale around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stores are hoping that the sale turkey will draw you over to their location to shop. They are hoping that when you come in to pick up the turkey that you will then also shop for the bulk of your weeks groceries at their location as well.
Use Lost Leaders to Your Advantage
The products chosen as lost leader items generally tend to go on sale at quite regular intervals. If you stock up on the sale items when they are on sale then you may not need to purchase those specific items until they comes back around on the super sale price again.
This can save you a lot of money especially if you are stocking up on lost leaders on all your regular grocery shopping trips.
How you shop makes a difference as well. Some people grocery shop by purchasing only one item or two per trip. While other families do a large shopping trip weekly, or monthly, and only shop sporadically when they run out of an individual item such as milk or bread.
It is naturally easier for the occasional shopper to use lost leaders to their advantage. Because these individuals make multiple trips to the grocery store they can easily purchase the lost leader products when they visit. They are also not so likely to buy a lot of non sale items while they are there.
No matter what your shopping habits are, simply knowing what a lost leader is will help you to use these products to your advantage. Whenever possible stock up on lost leader items.
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Save Money on Your Grocery Shopping by Using Coupons Wisely
We have all seen or heard something about super couponers and the large amount of money that they save on groceries each week. What many people do not realize is that coupons can also cost you valuable grocery money if used incorrectly.
Don't buy a product just because you have a coupon for it. That dollar you are saving with the coupon may actually be costing you money.
Most coupons are for name brand products and if this is a product that you regularly purchase then this is great news. However, if you could purchase a no name or other comparable product for a lower price then you may actually be losing grocery money by purchasing the coupon item.
Even with the coupon you could wind up paying more for the brand name item then you would have for the other comparable product or for the name brand product when it next goes on sale. You may be further ahead either purchasing the lower priced item or waiting for the brand name product to go on sale.
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Stock up on Sale Items to Help Budget out Your Grocery Money
It is important to keep in mind that coupons and lost leaders are marketing techniques that are created to be to the retailer's advantage. It is up to you to insure that grocery coupons, sales, and lost leaders, also work to your advantage as well.
Stocking up on lost leaders and other sale items definitely can help to save money on your grocery costs. By not having to purchase these items at regular price you can shave a tremendous of money off your overall grocery shopping bill. It is a great way to get frugal on a limited budget.
Even those families on a limited budget can stock up on at least one or two lost leader items each month, and as you begin to do this on regular basis, it becomes easier to shop using lost leaders to your advantage.
Stocking up on lost leaders and other sale priced grocery items can save your household budget a lot of money over the long term. Those saved dollars add up over time.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint as You Shop!
Choosing a shopping bag made from natural materials is a little thing that does make a very big difference. Using cotton grocery shopping bags has a very positive impact on our environment.
Not only do you save hundreds of plastic bags from going into the landfill each year but you also help to decrease the number of additional petroleum based products being created. Yes, plastic is a petroleum based product. Proving that the simplest steps can be oh so very green.
All shopping bags are not created equal. Please use cotton, linen, or jute reusable shopping bags. These environmentally friendly grocery bags really are the eco friendly way to shop.
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