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  • Xmas/birthday/anniversary shopping hack: take pictures with your cameraphone of the potential presents your significant other has subtly (or not so subtly) mentioned. That way when you're out shopping, you'll have both the name and (more importantly for the guys) an actual picture of the item in question. --RobertDaeley 13:05, 21 December 2005 (EST)
  • The least crowded time to shop at the cheap warehouse supermarkets during daylight hours is on Sunday, when church is in session. -- GH 21 Mar 05 (Or, if you live in a football-crazy town like Pittsburgh, during a Steelers game.)
  • If you live in snow country, use a cheap plastic sled to haul all your groceries at once from your car to your door in the winter. GH 22 Mar 05
  • You can buy spices at Indian grocery stores for a fraction of typical supermarket prices. --GH 24 Mar 05
  • Kitchen stuff is less expensive at restaurant supply stores. Stop licking your chops over the kitchen-porn catalogs. --GH 24 Mar 05
  • Ethnic grocery stores are a great source for inexpensive food and kitchen supplies. Don't be afraid if they don't look well-lit and friendly like the local mega-mart - the owners are usually more than happy to help you find what you're looking for, and often will be willing to special-order if you're looking for something particular. --Jeni 09:75 EST 3/26/05
  • Catering wholesalers often offer great value, but remember to check that the price you see is the price you pay. Advertised prices may be for business buyers only. --RB 08:23, 25 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • When shopping, try and find a place to pay at the back of the shop, they are normally quieter than the ones at the front. --Sophia
  • Another shopping hack, if you go to a regular supermarket, make a checklist based on the layout of the store and your normal buys (i.e. following the route you normally take around the shop). Stick it on the fridge, and when you run out of something, tick it on the list. Then when you go shopping you can follow the route straight round without forgetting things and doubling back (hopefully) - Sophia
  • Group items in your shopping cart - put the canned stuff together, the frozen foods together, produce, etc. It will usually end up being checked out and bagged the same way, so when you get home, it's quicker to put up, because all your "like" items are together. Also, grouping your frozen foods together helps to keep them frozen throughout the store and on the way home. --steph
  • When you are trying to figure out which supermarket queue will be fastest, just count the number of people in the queue; don't bother with how much shopping they have. Actually paying for stuff takes up more time, proportionally, than scanning items. Tallus
    • also, keep an eye on the checkout person; the old-timer w 4 ppl in line often moves a lot quicker than the rookie w 3 ppl ahead of you
    • work out how each person is going to pay, older people tend to use cash, younger ones are more likely to use cards - if you think they'll have trouble signing their name but have a card ready, it's probably a good idea to go elsewhere...
  • Get fit while shopping for groceries: carry two baskets instead of pushing a cart. --Ookpik 14:36, 27 Apr 2005 (EDT)
  • To eat healthier, don't shop in the inside asiles of the market. Only follow the perimeter, where the bread, fruit, veggies, meat & dairy are. --SecaGirl 06.34 GMT, 2005-05-02
  • Buying in bulk quantities when you find products you always use on sale is one of the best ways to cut your shopping expenses. Once you have built up a supply you will only have to shop for perishable items on a weekly basis. Devote part of your grocery/sundries budget to bulk purchases, say $15-$30 a week, designate your storage space(s), and check with the store's customer service desk on limits on sale items. Over time you will get to know when certain items usually go on sale and plan when you can replenish your stock. You are guaranteed to see your weekly bills go down once you get into this habit. It is quite gratifying to check your inventory and realize you only need to buy $20 of perishables plus your bulk items this week because you've already got six giant jugs of laundry soap, 48 rolls of t.p., a dozen 39-oz. cans of coffee, a full freezer, and whatever else you have in your pantry. Caffeinated
    • As a side note, be very wary of the feeling that buying sale items is the same thing as saving money. Bulk buying things you always use anyway when they are on sale, as above, is a genuine saving. There is, however, a big "but"... If you'd feel bad buying something at full price, don't buy it on sale and tell yourself you're "saving money"; you're not saving anything. You're still buying something you otherwise wouldn't -- you're just buying it for slightly less. Saving money is trusting your original instinct that you can't afford it, and keeping that money where it belongs: in your pocket. --Rowlock 12:06, 23 May 2005 (EDT)
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