Improve Your Grocery Strategy Month and Giveaway!

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As I stated in my announcement on Friday, I am working with ConAgra this year as an ambassador.   I’m celebrating the partnership here with a big promotion/giveaway for readers.

Like most moms, I can definitely improve my grocery shopping strategy.   From finding the best value, to figuring out how to bring the kids, to making sure I buy healthy foods (especially snacks – that’s our biggest issue), I know that everyone can use help.   Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, is going to help by recording video responses to YOUR questions!   So ask away (by commenting on the post), share your favorite tips, and let’s improve our grocery shopping strategy together!

I especially like Phil’s tips about how to bring your children grocery shopping, AND use it as a learning experience.   You can click here to read the whole article, but these are my favorite points:

  • The most important thing – don’t force a trip to the store when you and/or your kids are cranky, tired, or hungry.
  • Let your kids choose a new fruit or vegetable each shopping trip – even encourage them to talk to the produce manager of the store to learn more.
  • When your kids beg and plead for something they’ve seen advertised on television, show them how you read the nutritional information and compare different items for the most healthy option

What questions do you have for Phil about strategies for grocery shopping?   Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a Guru Goody bag which includes the following:

·                 Reusable ConAgra foods tote bag
·                 Coupon for 1 package of Free Hebrew National Hotdogs
·                 Hunt’s 100% Natural Ketchup (with no high fructose corn syrup)
·                 Orville Redenbacher popcorn
·                 5 Coupons for Marie Callender’s Frozen Meal or Pot Pie
·                 Coupon for 1 Free Healthy Choice Frozen Meal
·                 Coupon for 1 Free Banquet Fruit Pie

You’ll get one entry for leaving a comment with your question, and can get a second entry for Tweeting your question with the hashtag #FoodsILove (leave a comment here letting us know what you did). Contest ends at 11:59 ET on 10/20.

Disclosure: This post/giveaway is part of my on-going partnership with ConAgra Foods as one of their Blog Ambassadors for FY2011. I’ve been compensated for my work with the brand.   As always, all thoughts and expressions are my own.

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  1. says

    My best advice is to go either early or late on a weekday to avoid crowds. We have planned our meals, I have a specific list, and I plug in my IPod and just cruise around the store. Makes it so easy!

  2. lawna says

    This sounds very helpful especially for someone like me with two babies and a six year old! My question is how can i bring all my kids shopping and keep them happy while chosing healthy brands and food??

  3. says

    My best strategies are to not go while hungry…I am pregnant, and if I shop hungry, I spend WAY too much money. I also give the hubby the evil eye so he doesn’t throw 100.00 worth of junk food into the cart!

  4. Aline says

    Do you think it’s safe to buy the cut-rate groceries at stores like Ocean State Job Lot or Christmas Tree Shop?

  5. Pat says

    As a family we shop early on Saturday mornings. We make a game of reading labels. Who can find the cereal with the least fat. Who can pick the soup with the lowest level of sodium. We look out for one another, keep one another’s
    back, and at the end of our shopping trip we wheel our cart out of the grocery with the most nutritious and least expensive purchases.

    • Peter G says

      This is a wonderful suggestion. High blood pressure is kept in check with reading labels and keeping the sodium in line. We all love cereal for breakfast, fast, easy and can put tons of weight on you if you don’t look at calories and sugar and fat content.

  6. shelly says

    I shop two stores and always have a list and meals planned out for the week. One store has has the best prices on most items but there is another that has better prices on meat and fruit and they have weekly coupons that are great so between the two stores I save a lot of money.

  7. Emma Peel says

    My strategy would be to stay to the middle of the store as at the end isles you may find displays and gimmicks to get you to buy when you dont really want to. Steer clear of the junk food isles like the candy, chips and pop isles where you can really rack up unwanted and non-nutritional purchases.

  8. Lauralee Hensley says

    Question: What strategy does he have for someone that only grocery shops every two or three months (note I do have a large freezer) because we shop out of town at a commissary?
    Comment: I think buying larger packages of meat and dividing them up is generally cost effective.
    lfhpueblo at msn dot com

  9. EMMA L HORTON says

    LET YOUR CHILD PICK OUT ONE ITEM A MONTH AND MAKE IT CLEAR THAT HE HAS TO EAT IT WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT…ALSO SUGGEST TO THEM BEFORE HAND….WHETHER YOU THINK THEY WILL LIKE IT OR NOT

  10. SUZANNA PICKERING says

    some grocery stores will not take computer generated coupons or even coupons from companies how do you handle that tactfully???

  11. Andrea S. says

    How can I be sure the store brands labels are accurate? I trust name brands to be truthful, but I am wary of store brands.

  12. Vickie Couturier says

    My question would be,when is the best time to shop for the bargains,(marked down meat,produce,etc)?

    vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

  13. Denise B. says

    I can’t think of any questions I would have. I already know how to get things for free, next to nothing, or even make money on products through rebates.

  14. Mary Marlatt says

    Question: How do I convice my husband that it REALLY IS a meal, even if it doesn’t have any meat?

    Comment: I think it’s great to use a trip to the grocery as a learning opportunity for kids — I did when mine was little. But for the SAHMs out there — please, please don’t do it at 5:30 p.m. on a weekday.

  15. says

    Are there certain days that seem to offer better deals/higher discounts on high cost items, like meat?

    I’d love any tips on getting my hubby to stick to a list too! :)

  16. Michele says

    If a store doesn’t do double coupons or accept internet printed coupons, what is the best way for a family to save the most with a tight budget?

  17. jennifer W says

    My best suggestion is to go on a Tuesday or first thing Wednesday. The sales usually start on Wednesday, but some stores will already have things marked at sale prices by Tuesday afternoon.

  18. Tammy Darling says

    How do you keep up with the computer to be sure you aren’t being overcharged? Many times I get home and realized that an item scanned at a higher price and it’s very frustrating!

  19. marci says

    i always do my grocery shopping on Tuesday–you seem to get a good deal on dairy products on that day of the week :)

    marci
    tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

  20. Sarah says

    My question for Phil is “is it better to buy pre-ground packaged coffee or to grind it in store?” My tip is don’t do your shopping during the first few days of the month because the store will be crowded with people who just got their monthly checks.

  21. Alisha Eiler says

    if you have a Pick N’Save in your area,they have double coupon days on wed.and sat.I am looking for an easier way to carry my coupons,because I never shop without them…

  22. Sue Farrell says

    How can I spend less time in the grocery store when I need to read labels to make sure the products fit our dietary restrictions?

  23. sheila k. says

    I always check the clearance bins at the back of the store and in the meat department first and start coming up with meals to make with my “finds.”

  24. Kerrie Mayans says

    My question is : Is there a calendar to let people know when to stock up on certain items at certain times of the year to get the best deals? Like I think there are more sales on flour and sugar in dec b/c of holiday baking.

  25. Debra F says

    My question – how can you keep two little boys from fighting down the aisles of the supermarket without resorting to bribing them with food and treats?

  26. Joanne Schultz says

    I’d like to know if there is any time of year that sales on grocery food are the best, or if product sales vary for each store? I like to stock up on staples during sales.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. joseph n says

    How do you feel about rewarding kids for good behavior while grocery shopping?

    josephthesweeper at gmail dot com

  28. kim byrom says

    Phil,
    I’ve always heard to shop the perimeter of the store for the most natural foods, but most of my coupons for saving are smack dab in the middle! What’s you advice on saving $$ using the perimeter?
    Thanks!

  29. Chrystal J. says

    My best tip is to search for sales and match with coupons to make great deals. Also, make a list before shopping.

  30. Bev says

    Why are locally grown foods usually more expensive at farmers markets then those from the supermarket? You would think they would be cheaper, since they are grown nearby. I usually shop where the store doubles coupons. This saves me a lot each week. Thanks for having the contest, I do buy a lot of the ConAgra products and love the Marie Callender dinners, pot pies and regular pies, they all taste homemade.

  31. meme says

    I know organic is the healthiest type of food but it is also very exspensive Do you have any suggestions on how to give my family heathy food that are more affordable?

  32. brian e. says

    Thanks for the giveaway…”What is the best day of the week to go grocery shopping ?”, and “When is the best time of the year to stock up on (food) staples ?”.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  33. Elle Thomas says

    How do you find good coupons with distant expiration dates these days? They always seem to expire really quickly!
    Ellesjunkmail at gmail dot com

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