Today we all want the best deals we can find. Watching the ads for specials and shopping for those loss leaders is a great way to save. I also love the clearance sections in stores.
I think we all need to look outside the proverbial "grocery" as well. There are many, many stores here in the U.S. that sell food and home goods.
Think about alternatives.
Kroger, Meijer, Target, Wal Mart, Aldi, Sav-A-Lot, Fresh Thyme, Trader Joe's ............ There are lots of grocers and affiliates out there.
Big Lots, Ollies, dollar stores of all kinds
Menards, Rural King, Lowes, Home Depot, etc.
Deals can be found every where. You just have to be aware. I have gotten some of my best canned veggie deals at Menards in the past.
I find different and fun food items at Rural King and Menards
Menards will have all kinds of food deals around various holidays - most often cheaper than the grocery store. It isn't just wood and nails any more!
Some stores have specials that are just a day or two - Saturday specials or weekends only.
Some may offer additional perks if shopping on certain days (ex: additional store points)
Look for clearance sections. Most all stores have them in more than one department. You can find some deals.
Some stores have "senior" day and offer a discount to those over a certain age.
Check your area for food give aways - these aren't just food pantries. They are for anyone, no income limit, surplus food that is being given away to help who ever wants/needs it. If it isn't given away - it it is trashed. That is just so wasteful and wrong. Often times people get tons of fresh produce and often meat. I have looked around and I can't find anything like this in our area - but many cities have them. Free food is fantastic - it can help so many.
Now is the time for farm markets. Every locality has different times and times. We have a market up the road at our local park every Saturday morning. Next little burg south of us has a market every Tuesday and Thursday. Another park close by has a LARGE market on the second Sunday of the month. We also have family markets and orchards that sell produce and other items every day.
I love these places as the money spent actually goes to PEOPLE not corporations. Items are fresh. Yes, they may cost a little more than the bulk items at the grocery - but fresh, good quality, and small owner means a lot to me.
If you live out of town/rural you may find roadside stands - Those can have some great deals.
Don't forget barter and trade and gleaning as well.
So take time and get to know what store and markets are in your area. Know their dates and times of availability. Help a farmer or home crafter - not a store.
Look around and reap the benefits of abundant deals.
Do you have any other suggestions? Are there different places in your area to get groceries?
I'd love to hear what every one else sees and does.
Have a great day!