By now you know avoiding grocery store’s peak hours can save you time and money, but did you know you should shop specific times to save money on meat, eggs, produce, and bread? I recently read a story on Time Moneyland that shares guidelines to shopping smarter. Keep reading to learn how to save money on groceries by learning the best times to shop for specific items.
Meat – Don’t wait till the weekend to shop for meat! Buy it in the morning on weekdays. That’s when you’re more likely to spot “Manager Specials” which need to be sold pronto. I’ve found lots of really good deals at my local Ralph’s by taking advantage of the Manager Specials. On a last trip, I got Jennie-O ground turkey at 50% off the regular price. I loaded up! Then when I got home, I froze the meat for later use.
Eggs – Stores tend to put eggs on sale when they approach their expiration date (or sell by date) so hold off to buy till then. Don’t worry about getting sick! Eggs can be safely eaten three to five weeks after the expiration date, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Isn’t this egg-xcelent news? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Produce – We’ve said it before, the best time to buy fruits and veggies is when they’re in season. The prices will be low and the flavor at it’s peak. Check out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website for a list of the best times to buy in-season fruits and vegetables.
Bread – In the past, I’ve shared that I score bargains on bread by shopping the clearance rack of my local grocery store. Another secret to getting deals on bread is shopping in the late afternoon and evening. When closing time nears, many stores reduce prices by 50% rather than throwing bread out.
Head on over to the Time Moneyland article to find out the best times to shop for prepared food and frozen turkey. I’m curious — how many times do you hit the grocery store? Do you shop at particular times to score deals on meat, eggs, produce, and bread?