It is no surprise to any of us how fast a grocery bill can add up! There has been plenty of times I’ve gotten home from the store to look at my goods and be baffled that so little can cost so much! Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch, shared 4 items you should cut from your grocery list to help cut down on your expenses and save you from the bafflement:
Cubed or Presliced Meat
“Meat markup is up to 60 percent and much more for precut or precubed meats. Since meat has a refrigerated shelf life of just five days and must then be thrown out, most meat departments in grocery stores aim for a minimum 30 percent markup, and often much higher, to make up for losses.
“Steaks, for instance, are marked up 40 percent to 50 percent; some cheaper cuts, such as round and chuck meat, are marked up as much as 60 percent. Lesser cuts of meat, those typically cut into pieces for stir-fries or stews, are marked up as much as 300 percent and should never be bought at full price because they’re always discounted at some point (look for markdowns on meats that are near their sell-by date or hit up bulk stores like Costco for savings of up to 30 percent off larger slabs of meat; you can refrigerate that which you don’t use for later).”
“Name-brand spices are marked up close to 97 percent. Smart shoppers can buy spices at a natural food store to save you up to 97 percent on the basic spices people buy regularly. For instance, a $3.52 jar of bay leaves at the grocery store will cost you only 12 cents for the same amount at a natural foods store. Drugstores and discount stores also sell spices cheaper than at a grocery store. You may have to bring your own bottles to fill, but the savings make up for this.”
“[Batteries] are marked up as much as 60 percent. Stay away from batteries at the grocery store and instead throw them in your online cart next time you’re browsing Target or Walmart’s website. Better yet, hop on over to a warehouse store like Sam’s Club or Costco where you can find double the quantity of batteries for the same cost as your local supermarket. Since batteries have no expiration date, buying in large quantities is A-OK!”
“Though warehouse stores offer unbeatable prices on bulk laundry detergent and other household cleaning supplies, for that matter, you could skip the special visit to the store altogether by purchasing online at stores like Walmart and Target. With various free shipping deals and online coupons ($5 off $50 at Target fromCouponSherpa.com), you could stock up on bulk detergent and avoid lugging to and from your car. And since laundry is one of those never-ending chores, the bulk stuff won’t get wasted.”