Saving Money at the Grocery Store

1. Stockpile - Buy it before you need it. Never pay full price for groceries.
  • There are two ways we grocery shop: stockpiling and need shopping. Need shopping is what you buy because you don't yet have it in your stockpile at home. Because it's an immediate need, you'll pay whatever price the supermarket is offering. This is how to lose the grocery game.
  • Supermarkets put items on sale according to categorical sales trends, a marketing term that means only certain items are on sale each week. Let's divide the supermarket into categories: frozen foods, deli, dairy, toiletries, cleaning products, etc. Only a few of these categories will be featured on sale each week. So if you shop only for what you need, you'll save on a small percentage of these categories and overspend on the others. To win the game, you should stockpile during the categorical sales.
2. Use coupons - Play the coupon at the right time, when the item goes on sale, for even more savings. And stack the deals.

3. Smaller package equals better value - When using coupons, the math often changes in favor of smaller packages.

4. Don't miss UN-advertised sales

5. Print your own money! - Internet coupons are better than ever.

The Grocery Game grew out of a very smart and frugal hobby. Teri Gault (the company's founder and CEO) was intent on saving her family money. Her common sense home-style approach to good living included collecting coupons and matching them to grocery store sales. Eventually, this hobby became a passion. Teri would share her money saving ideas with family and friends who were more than impressed by her attention to detail and her ability to predict sales trends. After some time, it became obvious that Teri's "hobby" was more than just a good idea to share with friends. The business of The Grocery Game was underway. At first, The Grocery Game made "Teri's Lists" available mainly to members in Southern California. Later, by offering franchises to persons throughout the United States, the company was able to expand at an unprecedented pace. Currently, The Grocery Game offers "Teri's Lists" in all 50 states. Tens of thousands of members log on each week and save hundreds of dollars a month on their groceries

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