January 26, 2010
Groceries CAN be expensive if you don't shop wisely...
This is the first in a two-part series on how you can save money on your groceries. There are also a few recommendations on where you can find good meat and produce in Houston at the end of this article. The recommendations are just my opinion and I could be completely out of my mind. I am very interested in your recommendations on great grocery shopping places in our city!
1. Take inventory of your pantry: Don't spend money on things you don't need.
2. Plan your shopping to avoid impulse buys. Make a list and use it.
3. Check your garden for the fresh items you don’t need to buy. You DO have a garden, right?
4. Carry a notepad to do comparison shopping….but calculate time and travel into the equation.
5. Prepare your menu for the week around what you already have, and what's on sale. To save time, you can even cook only 2 days a week and re-heat the rest for better-balanced meals and less takeout pizza!
6. Join a food co-op and reduce your weekly food bill by as much as 50%. Reba Henderson Food Co-Op: 1235 Lorraine Street, Houston, TX 77009
or Central City Co-op for organic veggies: http://www.centralcityco-op.com/
7. Plan ahead and stock up: shop for items BEFORE you run out of them. If you run out of an item you'll have to pay whatever the store is charging.
8. Due to volume discounts, larger stores are generally cheaper than smaller ones on most items. Wal*mart (29% of the market share), Kroger (25% of the market share), Sam’s Club, Costco, Fiesta, H.E.B. and Randall’s…just to name a few.
9. Do your price checks. A trip to the convenience store or local pharmacy to grab a grocery item may cost you 25% more!
10. If you go to the supermarket early in the morning (before 9am) you have a better chance of getting mark down items. Business members at Sam’s Club get some great morning discounts on fresh goods. It’s worth the price of membership on an annual basis.
11. Shopping without the kids will actually save you money. “Mom/Dad…can I PLEASE have the non-discounted, marked up, mega pack of extra sugar crunchy cereal that I saw advertised on Saturday morning?? PLEASE?!?!” Yup…go alone.
12. Don't shop for groceries on an empty stomach. Old news, but very true.
13. More often than not, the best sales are on the front and back of your supermarket flyer.
Good meat in Houston:
B & W Meat Company (713) 697-2844: 4801 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018
Guy’s Meat Market (713) 747-6800: 3106 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054
La Michoacana Meat Market (713) 832-6129: 1348 N. Shepherd Dr. Houston, TX 77008
Good produce in Houston:
Canino’s Produce (713) 862-4027: 2520 Airline Drive, Houston, TX
Whole Foods Market (713) 667-4090: 4004 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, TX 77025 Whole Foods Produce section...
Nature’s Best Pre-cut and Produce (713) 278-0425: 3350 Rogerdale Road, Houston, TX 77042
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