9 Biggest Money-Wasters at the Grocery Store: Supermarket Savvy
I know you all dutifully read my posts and take notes on how to trim the fat from your weekly shopping. But … wouldn’t it be great to have an easy reference list of items you should never buy? Sort of like that “dirty dozen” list that exists for commonly contaminated produce, except this one is for those items that are just the biggest waste of money at the grocery store?
Well, someone at the Huffington Post thought so, too, and they created a list of the top nine grocery items you should avoid if you want to save money. Here’s the list (with my commentary, of course):
1. Pre-packaged salads. I totally agree. You’re paying at least three times as much to have your greens pre-rinsed (and you probably still wash them once you get home anyway).
2. Canned beans. Yes, but only if you’re paying full price on those cans. If you’re combing sales and coupons, you can often get canned beans for the same or less than dried—and canned are far more convenient.
3. Bottled water. Absolutely, and there’s no need for it. Many water companies are just bottling and selling tap water anyway.
4. Spice mixes. Yup. Make your own for far less.
5. Microwave popcorn. Sometimes. As with the canned beans, if you combine sales and coupons, you can get the microwave stuff for far less.
6. Regular spices. For anything beyond the most basic spices, you’ll get better deals at specialty markets.
7. Out-of-season produce. This should be a no-brainer, but often, it’s not.
8. Fresh herbs. If at all possible, grow your own (or find a CSA that includes herbs).
9. Pre-cut fruit. Agree. You’re paying a huge convenience fee. My advice: invest in a good knife!
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