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According to Smart Money Magazine there are certain days of the week for bargain hunting and scoring good deals.
Retailers often have a specific day of the week that they offer big discounts. I know that my closest Academy store has Tuesday as the day it reduces some items.
Smart money suggests:
Sunday – Usually a day when retailers tend to reduce the price of appliances.
Monday – Groceries and personal stuff, cars and electronics.
Tuesday – Travel. This I know for sure. If you look for booking a flight to the destination of your desire, at midnight Tuesday there is a strong chance that you will get a good deal on your flight. My friends also have tried this with great success.
Wednesday – A runner-up to Tuesday for travel. The worst time to buy airline tickets is the weekend.
Thursday – Clothes online and traditional retailers tend to start the weekend sales early on this day.
So there you have it. If you want bargains choose your day.
Warehouse shopping can offer you great bargains but if you are not careful they can also drain your wallet.
I love going to Sam’s or Costco’s but I have learnt some hard lessons. One of them is buying bulk chopped Romaine lettuce, thinking to myself that this is good value, it will last me all week. Not so. If you are not going to use it the next day, don’t do it. I find that the lettuce after a day or so, starts to go brown and tastes sour. I end up throwing the rest away because it is not really a vegetable that adds flavor to a stew or soup. That of course is just one example.
Here are some tips from Caroline Mayer and Jeff Yeager to save you money and come out ahead of the game.
1. Buy only what you can use
Don’t buy anything that will deteriorate before you can use it all. A good example is those large boxes of cereal that eventually gets thrown out because it has gone stale. My lettuce experience is an example. Those large boxes of strawberries. You have to eat them within two to three days. Olive oil another example, don’t get those big tins or bottles of olive oil, if you are not going to use it up before the ‘use by date’ it will go rancid and not be very pleasant for cooking or on your salad.
2. Take a friend or family
Split the large packages and share. It will be more cost-effective. Boxes of tin tomatoes or tomato paste would take a small family some months to use. Share shopping is a good thing.
3. Buy before it flies
If you really need a certain product that you like and use frequently, Stock up. A lot of product lines change and you may not be able to get it again for sometime, if at all
4. Check out your local supermarket.
Your local supermarket and traditional grocers can offer bargains on things such as cereal, detergents etc that can rival those of the wholesale clubs. Check their prices first before heading to the club.
5. Check out the checkout policies
Costco accepts only American Express credit cards. If you don’t have one, bring a debit card, a checkbook or cash. Sam’s Club and Costco do not accept manufacturers’ coupons. BJ’s does.
Return policies are usually generous but they vary: BJ’s requires most items to be returned within 30 days. Sam’s Club and Costco have a 90 day return policy for most electronics
6. Calculate your yearly expenditure at the Warehouse Club
If you spend more than $2,500 a year, consider a more expensive membership level. You will get the money back in perks, such as the 2 percent rewards program offer at Costco and BJ’s
If you don’t do different nothing will change
I am a label reader from way back. Shopping for groceries is not a 5 minute thing for me. I wander down the aisle with great interest with what is on the shelves. I actually love grocery shopping. I know, strange but true.
There are many things you should be aware of when buying groceries and one of them is that the labels are a marketing tool and do not always tell the whole truth. So don’t be fooled by the label.
Always check the nutrition panel to check the following:
97% FAT-FREE « Sweets or biscuits may be low in fat but they are still not a healthy choice. The label may say “fat-free”, but usually anything fat-free is loaded with sugar. There are many forms of sugar, such as corn syrup, cane sugar juice, natural cane sugar and many more. So just because it says fat-free it doesn’t mean the kilojoules are any less. Check for salt, colors and preservatives.
LITE « This is also confusing as it may only mean lighter in flavor, color or taste. Once again check the labels for the amount of artificial flavoring and color, preservatives and salt.
MISLEADING PICTURES « An example of this is the pictures on cans of fruit. It may look very appetizing and colorful, but read the label to make sure they have real fruit in that can. Some cans contain artificial fruit and flavoring. Cherries are a good example of this and sometimes pears are replaced with an artificial substance.
NATURAL OILS « Palm and coconut oil are high in saturated fat, while vegetable oils are not healthy if they have been hydrogenated (turning them into a trans fatty acid, which clogs the arteries).
NO ADDED SUGAR « Sugar comes in different forms and names. The label may say no added sugar but you may notice it contains dextrose, fructose, glucose, maltodextrin and corn syrup – all of which can result in release of more insulin into the bloodstream causing greater risk of increased body fat.
When I am shopping for groceries I always get what ever is natural when possible. It all comes down to the quantity of what we eat and because it has less sugar or fat does not mean you can eat more or that it will make you any healthier or skinnier.
Amazon has been experimenting with the Grocery delivery business and obviously found it to be rather a success.
They now have a website called Amazon Tote.
Amazon Tote is a free weekly delivery service of perishable and non perishable goods.
1. It has weekly delivery of items on preset days
2. Free shipping with no minimum purchase
3. Items arrive at your doorstep in weather proof Tote bags
Currently, AmazonTote is available for the following ZIP codes: 98004, 98005, 98006, 98007, 98008, 98033, 98039, 98040, 98052, 98102, 98103, 98105, 98107, 98109, 98112, 98115, 98117, 98119, 98125, 98133, 98199.
I believe they are about to extend their services into other zip code areas.
If you would like AmazonTote offered in your neighborhood contact them
The great thing about this is:
- Competition for your dollar.
- The convenience
I believe this is a fantastic service for the working Mum. Gives her more time with the family as she doesnt have to dash off to the shops to get food. Makes it easier and more time to have home cooked meals.
By Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch
How many hours a month do you spend doing mundane chores, like shopping for groceries? The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average married parent spends somewhere between an hour and three hours each week shopping for groceries. While there were no published numbers for single folks, chances are they spend at least an hour a week doing the same. Sixty to one hundred and eighty minutes a week adds up. If you were able to cut the time you spent grocery shopping by even a third, you’d enjoy twenty minutes to an hour of extra (free!) time each week. Add that up over an entire year, and you’ve got yourself a free day or two. Does that sound too good to be true? Well, online grocery shopping is finally coming into its own. By simply purchasing non-perishables online, rather than in stores, you will not only minimize the time you spend, but you will most likely save money at the same time. What’s not to like about that?
Sarah on “Everyone Needs an Alice”
“In the sitcom The Brady Bunch, Mrs. Brady, mom to six children, could always count on her maid Alice to take care of the grocery shopping. As a working mom, I would give my left arm for my own Alice! I was an early tester of online grocery shopping, optimistic that it would, at the very least, make it easy to ‘time shift’ the grocery shopping but ideally save me time as well. Unfortunately, I never seemed to save enough time (you couldn’t save a regular ‘basket’ of goods, so there were no real shopping time efficiencies) to justify the shipping costs. Or, if I ordered from a local store online, dealing with the delivery hassles (i.e. please be sure you are home to meet the truck between the convenient hours of 8am and 3pm) pretty much nullified any time savings. But a new site, called Alice.com, has changed all that. It has thousands of those basic packaged goods for sale at prices that match those at super-stores like Target and Wal-Mart, an interface that actually reminds you of what you need to buy, and the shipping is always free. Best of all, the site has ‘taken all the coupons in the entire country and uploaded them,’ so the savings is built-in and no clipping is required. That’s a huge bonus for anyone who struggles to clip and organize coupons, or even just remember to bring them to the store.”
Alicia on “The Benefits of Technology”
“One of the major benefits of online shopping is that comparison shopping and budgeting are much, much easier. At the click of a button you can rearrange products to display from the lowest to the highest price items or quickly compare products on a price-per-unit basis. If you’re using a site like Alice.com, you can also see what products have coupons and the price with the coupon applied, something that you have to calculate by hand if you’re walking around a physical store. I also love that technology makes it possible for me to look at my budgeting, by category, by month, without doing anything. It is so simple and easy to track spending.”
Here are a few simple steps you can take to set yourself up to maximize the time and money you save using the online grocery store, Alice.com.
1. Invest Time in Setting Up Your Account. The first time you use the site, take the time to go through and select all of the products you purchase on a regular basis and save them in the “My Products” section. That way, any time you decide to do your shopping, all you have to do is drag and drop the items you currently need into the shopping cart. As you select each new item, the site prompts you to estimate how often you will need to reorder it. Don’t stress too much about that number, as you can always change it later. There is also a neat “Advanced Planning” tab that lets you drag and drop your products into reorder windows, like two weeks, four weeks, and four months. Once you have that set up, the site will automatically remind you via email that you might be running low on a particular item, like detergent, and offer to ship you some before you run out.
2. Take Advantage of the Budgeting Tool. A big reason most people don’t stick to budgets is because tracking spending is a pain. Who wants to spend time poring over receipts and re-creating what you just spent on a budget form? From your first purchase, this site keeps track of how much you spend in each area of the house. For example, you might see that you’re spending 60% of your dollars on personal care products. If you’re trying to reign in spending, that might be a good category to focus on finding better deals or buying less expensive products.
3. Establish a Habit. Over time, the site will observe what you buy and will try to come up with a regular box delivery schedule if it gets enough data on your habits. Making the switch to online shopping can be a little bit strange, as you have to stop yourself from buying the “old” way (and last-minute runs are just not possible). So in the beginning, set up a regular time, whether that’s once a week or once every ten days, where you just log on and get your shopping done. Pretty soon it will become second nature.