Shopping For Groceries

Use a Publix Weekly Circular and Make a Grocery Shopping List Even Grandma Would be Proud Of

When I was a kid, every time I would visit my grandma’s house, it seems she always had so many items in her pantry and her refrigerator was stocked full of goodies. Then, I would come home and look at our refrigerator, and it almost looked bare in comparison; it wasn’t that my parents didn’t take care of us or buy lots of stuff, it’s just that it seemed they were amateurs compared to the professional grandmother who for years had taken care of feeding two families.

Knowing how to make a grocery shopping list comes from experience. You have to pretty much learn the ropes yourself by following a few guides here and there and applying common sense tips through trial and error.  You come up with your own plan in the end and it can save you tons of money, energy, and time.

Begin By Looking at the Publix Weekly Circular

One of the first things I do what I’m making my grocery shopping list  I is look at the Publix weekly ads; I’ve discussed this time and time again, and it works. However, the purpose of this article is not about the weekly ads; it’s about the items you add after you add the buy one get one free offers to your shopping list.

It’s a wise choice to shop for your household needs two weeks at a time; for one, it’s can save you money on gas, and it will also force you to make a plan of eating for your family for two weeks. If you construct your shopping list the right way you will avoid having to go back to Publix or any other supermarket during the week.

The first thing I like to do when assembling a list is look inside my refrigerator. While I’m there, I’m checking for things such as eggs, milk, margarine, cheeses, cold cuts, and a few other items such as condiments, etc. I am also looking for vegetables and fruits keeping in mind that I’m not going to buy more than I can handle within the following two weeks. Since I have this down to a science through experience, I buy only what I need to get us through those two weeks. Sure, every now and then when it comes to the 12th day of our 14 day cycle we may find ourselves without a couple of apples that we could’ve eaten or a few vegetables, or maybe the milk is a little low. As a family, we just do with what we have, and make adjustments during the next shopping cycle. The only exception I would make here is necessary foods for babies and toddlers but those days are behind me.

I always plan ahead of time what I’m going to cook for the family for the two weeks as it relates to the my shopping list. This means I’ll know exactly what ingredients to buy, and I take inventory. It doesn’t take that long; maybe 10 to 15 min., and I know exactly what I need to get to fulfill my plan.

Next, I look in my pantry to see exactly what I need to get. This usually takes me another 10 min. or so and it helps me round out my shopping list. Lastly, I ask my family members if there are any special treats they want me to buy and I limit this to one per person. This will take the focus off trying to be so frugal and in the end everybody’s happy. When I visit the grocery store I absolutely stick to this list. Every long now and then, of course, I will buy something that’s not on the list that I may have forgotten. Either way, by being consistent and sticking to the list I am certain that I’m able to shave off another 2000 $3000 a year as compared to people who don’t use a similar method.

Buying in Bulk – Does it Make Sense?

Almost everyone is trying to get the cheapest deals on the planet and buying in bulk is becoming more popular than ever. However, the question lingers; if you buy in bulk does it really save you the amount of money that it’s all cracked up to be? Buying in bulk doesn’t really mean simply just visiting Costco or BJ’s, and filling up your cart with supersized items those stores offer.

To use the method correctly you have to know which items you can buy and which ones to pass on. Just because you are buying those super-sized packs of food items, don’t be fooled into thinking every one is a bargain.

What kind of items should you buy in bulk?

I like to bulk up on items that I use almost every single day, such as cereals, dry goods including boxes of complete dinners where all you have to do is add meats to them, canned goods, and toiletries such as toilet paper, kitchen towels, and detergents. For example, Publix oftentimes has their own brand of paper towels on sale for three for four dollars and this is a great deal; their paper towels are just as good as any other brand out there as far as I’m concerned.

Costco and BJ’s offer some great deals on bulk items but you have to know exactly where to look. You have to be very selective at the stores; you could easily end up buying unnecessary items that will go uneaten in your household.

Another great idea when specific items are on sale in bulk, is to share the savings with other family members or friends. You can either go shopping together or you can simply phone them and explain the type of deal you can get that if they want to participate.

Many people invest in a smaller freezer that they can keep in their garage or in some other area of their home. This enables them to buy meats in bulk. Every now and then at Publix the meats are on sale and this would be the perfect time to stock up on them. Sometimes, these meats are BOGO offers. If you don’t have an extra freezer, you should know that within 3 to 4 months you will make back your investment and more if you can buy one in the 100 to 200 dollar range.

To make certain that you’re getting the absolute best deal on any one of the bulk items that you are purchasing, you have to compare the cost of the item per unit. Manufacturer have gotten good at disguising products and making it appear that you’re getting a great deal when in fact, you’re buying the same product at the same price, only you’re buying more of that product because it’s in a super pack.

Buying in bulk really does work but you have to be careful not to go overboard and be sucked into the little game that stores and manufacturers play with customers. Just because a super-sized item is on sale does not mean you’re getting the best deal; it’s up to you to make wise decisions and learn the game of shopping while you buy in bulk.