January 30, 2010
This is part 2 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 bakery and ethnic markets in Houston at the end of this article. The recommendations are just my opinion.
I am very interested in your recommendations on great grocery shopping places in our city!
Find part 1 HERE.
14. Coupons MAY be good for your total price, but they may be simply trying to get you to try their product. Cut them out, evaluate the discount and shop wisely. And don’t forget to check the online sources: www.retailmenot.com, www.couponcabin.com, and www.couponmom.com
15. Meat is a good source of protein but it's expensive. Cheese, poultry, eggs, peanut butter, dried peas, beans, lentils, and some fish are less expensive and excellent sources of protein. For fresh fish in Houston, you can try: Hong Kong market (a huge selection!), JR’s fish store on Brompton, Fountainview fish market (crab and sea bass…wow), and Roses in Seabrook.
16. Buy whole chunks of meat and cut them up yourself. This is where I greatly prefer membership clubs over grocery stores. I can buy half a cow, a pig and 5 chickens and cut them up in meal-sizes. Then put the packages in my chest freezer and save a BUNDLE. But, be careful on other items: larger sizes do not always mean lower prices.
17. Most bargains are found on the higher and lower shelves. Most expensive brands are at eye level on shelves or on end displays to get your attention.
18. Watch for unadvertised specials. I once worked for a retailer that advertised “Very Special Monthly Item!” which as simply something we were over-stocked on. There was NO discount, just a fancy sign to display with the feature. Customers usually thought it was a sale. It's advertised, but it may not be on sale!
19. Use store specific savings cards. Many of those stores also give you additional savings at their gas pumps, where applicable.
20. Generic doesn’t mean bad…it just means “not a brand name.” Same taste, but no Clydesdales!
21. Pretty packaging costs you money. You are not only paying for the product, but for the packaging (and advertising) as well.
22. Disposable….is usually expensive.
23. Don’t be lazy! Convenience foods are more expensive, you are trading money for time. Slice, season, mix, and cook it yourself. (see # 5 in part 1 of this series)
24. If an advertised product is not in stock…get a raincheck. If no raincheck is offered, get a manager. That manager is probably authorized to cut you a deal on something similar to keep you as a customer.
25. Check the labels on your items. Send off for rebates to get items free, or nearly free!
26. Remember that no particular store has the lowest price on all items.
Good baked goods in Houston:
Flying Saucer Pie Company (713) 694-1141: 436 West Crosstimbers, Houston, TX 77018
Three Brother’s Bakery (713) 666-2253: 4036 Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77025
Dessert Gallery Bakery and Café (713) 581-8234: 3600 Kirby Drive Houston, TX 77098
Good ethnic markets in Houston:
Asia Market (713) 863-7074: 1010 W Cavalcade Suite D, Houston, TX
Central Market (713) 386-1700: 3815 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX
Rani’s World Foods (281) 440-8080: 12811 Duncan Road, Houston, TX
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