Monday, August 25, 2008

Those grocery bills

I came across this article on how to lower grocery bills. Most of the things I do and maybe talk about here and there in my posts. However, it is nice to see it listed all in one place.

One thing that I did not agree with is that buying local always means cheaper. As I’ve written before where I live it really depends on what and when I buy it. I got Hungarian peppers in the winter time for $4.99 a pound, but in the summer (and near closing time) they go for $0.99 a pound.

I do agree with not paying membership fees for cheaper prices. Why should I pay $50 a year at Costco when Superstore will do just fine? I agree there are things that you can only get at Costco but I know enough people who have a membership that I could just ask them should I really have a need for Kirkland batteries or something. Also, there are things that are cheaper at Costco at regular price, but watch out for sales and you should be good.


Anonymous said...

I love your blog and have been reading for a few weeks now. I did want to note that when I was reading the article that you mentioned, I noticed that they didn't put it in terms of black and white (always buy local) but instead phrased it as go here and you should find it cheaper.
Also, while you can borrow your warehouse club id from your friends and buying the membership doesn't work for you, for a lot of us it the savings are more than worth it so please don't advise to just disregard it. A cost analysis is really necessary for anyone deciding! :)

Esme said...

Hi Jackie,
Thanks for visiting. You are right. My comment does not apply to all cases. There is a reason why warehouse club id's are around, because there is a demand. I was mostly thinking of my own situation.

Jerry said...

Grocery costs are going higher and higher, but the best thing we found to lead costs down is to grow our own in little gardening boxes, and to use as many coupons as possible. And yeah, shopping locally may not give you guaranteed insurance of lower costs, but the food is usually better, fresher, and easier on the environment when it isn't crossing countries... or oceans.