I actually assumed the following tips were common knowledge to most folks. But when I did random surveys with the people I know, most of them didn’t know them. So there may be at least a few things here that you don’t know either.
Most of us would like to believe that coupons were put on this earth to help us save money. Actually they were made to get us to buy something we weren’t planning on buying. If the coupon is for something you normally buy or maybe for something you have been wanting to try, then it’s a good deal for you and I say go for it.
And if you are lucky enough to still have stores that offer double and triple value of the coupons, then definitely go for it. You may end up not paying anything for the item.
One of the tricks to get more value from your coupons is to buy the smallest size allowed and use as many coupons as possible. By that, I mean sometimes, you can find a store coupon for a product and a manufacturer’s coupon too. Most stores will allow you to use both.
Have you noticed the size and shape of some of the containers of food and cleaning products have been changing? I have and it’s an attempt by the manufacturers to make you think you are getting the same amount as always. When really they just changed the packaging. If you check the ounces or whatever measurement is used, you will see it’s less.
And often, they raise the price too! I guess they think we consumers are just stupid. I don’t think consumers are stupid but I do think many people are unaware of what’s going on.
Something else that is changing is the amount of sugar put in food. Often it’s put in food that you would never think of. You can find it in kidney beans, peanut butter, bread, and more. It may not be listed as sugar in the ingredients but it will usually have “ose” on the end of it: Sucrose, fructose, dextrose and more.
Here’s another thing to watch out for. Many packaged products have hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil in them. There are a few that don’t so read the labels. You really don’t want much of the hydrogenated oils in your diet if you want to keep your heart healthy.
A little trick to see how much of any one ingredient is in a product is to look at the order of ingredients on the label. They are listed in order of amount used. So the first item on the list will have the most of that ingredient in the product.
Another trick that manufacturers play is to make you think you are getting whole grains when you aren’t. Unless the package says 100% whole grain or 100% whole wheat, it isn’t whole grains.
One good thing that you may not know about is that frozen fruits and vegetables usually have more vitamins than fresh veggies and fruits. That’s because they are flash frozen soon after picking and the nutrients are preserved. Fresh veggies and fruit start to lose their vitamins the longer they are allowed to off the vine, and exposed to air.
A myth that many may believe is that the store brand version of products is inferior to the name brands. Actually most store brands and generic brands are made by the name brands but packaged differently. Sometimes you can find out which brand name they come from by reading the label.
So don’t discount them before giving them a chance and trying them out.
Are there any grocery secrets that you know about that I don’t? Please share in the comments!