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Old 05-02-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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$20 thread

Just went and read the $20 for a weeks groceries thread. I think that is the best thread ever. The prices from 2007 make me want to cry though...I know I thought prices were high then but look at us now ! It really helped to see what was essential to lc'ers.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:40 PM   #2
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Costco. Lots and lots of Costco trips for everything I can buy there - the pork shoulder and chuck roasts, for example, are the cheapest in my town with the exception of the soon-to-expire markdowns (which are another excellent deal to shop).

I live in an expensive area for food, and would guess my own spending closer to $50-75 per week without factoring in date nights. But still, it could be MUCH higher without care take in budgeting and cooking a lot from scratch. LC is definitely more expensive than how I feed my family, but it doesn't have to be unmanageable.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:48 PM   #3
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i need a link to that thread
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:53 PM   #4
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For canned/pouch tuna and salmon, sardines and other stuff like that, if you have amazon prime, you can get really good deals (if you buy cases).
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:34 PM   #5
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"I'm gonna pop some tags...."

Sorry I couldn't resist.

Winco has super cheap meat. I buy my bacon and eggs there in bulk. Also their bulk food bins is where I pick up all my nuts and spices as well as almond butter.
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and I have to urge people with financial constraints to SHOP AROUND. I have more money than most, but I could never bring myself to pay grocery store prices.

I have, over the years, almost always had at least one store where I could get bargain bags of vegetables which were JUST FINE. Now, some of the bags are 99 cents and some are $2, but the $2 bags can be 7 lb of turnips or zucchini... enough to last awhile! A store will do this for awhile, then decide not to. I have to keep looking around.

It's always worth trying to develop a relationship with the people in the meat dept. Sometimes they will save the markdowns for you... but at least you will know when they are likely to put them out.

and stores like Grocery Outlet have almost everything at half price or less from regular grocers. I rarely pay more than $3/lb for cheese, and try to stick with the better cheeses too. I stock up on cream cheese when it's 99cents and that lasts a long time.

the 99 Cent Store has amazing deals on produce all the time too.

I think what you buy is important, but where you buy it is even moreso. make sure there aren't any better sources where you live!
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:54 PM   #7
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And ladies use your feminine charm!I have flirted my way into some serious meat. butchers love their egos stroked.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:54 PM   #8
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subbing...... wish I had more variety of stores to choose from ;/
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:14 PM   #9
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"I'm gonna pop some tags...."

Sorry I couldn't resist.

Winco has super cheap meat. I buy my bacon and eggs there in bulk. Also their bulk food bins is where I pick up all my nuts and spices as well as almond butter.
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:46 AM   #10
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:26 AM   #11
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I love Aldi's! I get most of my food there.
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For canned/pouch tuna and salmon, sardines and other stuff like that, if you have amazon prime, you can get really good deals (if you buy cases).

Sometimes they offer an even lower price if you subscribe and sign up to get an item in bulk every few months.
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