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Food - Groceries
Written by Ahmed Amr   
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 04:45

If you haven’t heard, there’s a grocery store war going on which makes this a great time to become a war profiteer. We’d like to suggest you get your guerrilla manuals out and engage in a layslittle hand to mouth combat. The big aggressor in this conflict is Wal-Mart. They’re claiming that price cuts on nearly 2,000 items will save the average shopper $28/Week. That works out to almost $1,500 a year and it’s a good place to start. But you don't have to head to Wal-mart to get ridiculous deals unheard of even a year ago. Target, Kroger, and Safeway are slashing their prices in response.  Here are some of the craziest deals.

Ketchup:

40 ounce bottles of Heinz Ketchup for a buck. A buck? At that price, stock up the pantry for a solid year and plan on serving up hamburgers. Wal-Mart has this deal, but look to Target and your local grocer to have similar prices especially if Wal-Mart is in the neighborhood.

Canned Soda:

Gone are the days of $7 cases of name brand soda. The sugar and caffeine guys are pulling out all the stops breaking the $4 barrier at Wal-Mart and Target for a case of Coke. At $4 you are paying 17 cents a can. Wal-Mart goes all the way down to $3.77 in some markets.  Outrageously cheap. Of course it is just sugar and water and a little flavor. Strange thing: in many cases, soda in cans is now cheaper than in a 2 liter bottle. The discounts on 2 liters are not nearly as good -- about 20 cents a can equivalent.

Cereal:

$4 to $5 used to be the norm for a good sized box. Today, you can routinely see boxes of cereal from Post, General Mills, and Kellog's going for $1.25 to $1.50 a box. 10 cents a serving plus the cost of milk to feed your kids (or yourself). Look to the major supermarkets like Safeway or Kroger for the best deals when you buy in bulk.

Potato Chips:

The chip price wars continue with standard size bags going for $1.50 to $2.00. You local supermarket chain probably has the best deals. Another one to stock up on and store in a cool dry place.

Prepared Salads:

Finally, something healthy. Those overpriced 10 ounce packages of cut up salad have finally started falling back to earth. I never understood why a head of lettuce was $1.50 and they could charge $4.00 for cutting it up. Laziness I guess. Well, look for 2 for 1 specials and price cuts that will get these under $2 and make the lazy surcharge that much less.

Fruits and Veggies

As we noted in our last point, most of the stuff that is on sale isn't that healthy. What is a smart inexpensive during the summer is produce that is in season and local. Summer ushers in great deals on strawberries, corn, watermelons, and a whole host of other fruits and vegetables. Some of these freeze well and can be safely stored for months. So when you see a deal like, 6 ears of corn for a buck, it's time to stock up.

 

Now one store won't give you the best prices on everything so here are two strategies. Shop a few stores and snag their loss leaders or go to one store and conduct go on a price matching mission. Just be organized and have all your prices clearly listed. The cashier may cringe as you approach with your detailed price list, but you'll save both on the gas and on the groceries.

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