10/25/06 - New York Star-Gazette
Get the most food for your money
Two Minutes knows shopping for food - especially for a family - can be pretty costly these days. And you don't want to break the bank at the supermarket when you're going to have to put food on the table all over again next week.
Here are some helpful tips on how to discount shop for food, from bargain-shopping expert Karen Hoxmeier of MyBargainBuddy.com, a Web site that lists great deals, coupons and special discounts from online stores.
o Clip all coupons from the Sunday paper, whether you think you'll use them or not.
o Review the grocery store sale ads and pair up sale items with the coupons you have on hand. "I've received many items for free when shopping this way," says Hoxmeier.
o Grocery shop early in the morning for the best selection of "reduced for quick sale" merchandise.
o Stock up on meat when it is on sale and freeze it for later.
o Don't assume economy size or a store brand is always a better value. Look closely at the price per ounce.
For more advice on the pursuit of bargains, visit Hoxmeier's Web site at MyBargainBuddy.com.