Cutting costs on your grocery bill

(WEAU) – While many of us like saving money, two of our WEAU reporters like pinching pennies a little more than the average shopper.

Every week WEAU’s Courtney Everett and Kevin Hurd ad match around the Chippewa Valley.

Grocery shopping around the Chippewa Valley can often be a nuisance, but not for us.

We even carpool to Wal-Mart to save on gas and when we arrive we start with produce to buy our fruits, vegetables and lunch meat.

“I normally don't buy it by the pound. I normally buy it by the slice. I figure how many slices I have per sandwich. It's kind of an easy way to save some money,” said WEAU’s Courtney Everett.

“You can buy these bigger meat packages, for a little bit cheaper, but at the same time you can also buy these tube meats as well. They’re a little bit cheaper and taste just the same,” said WEAU’s Kevin Hurd.

I even picked up a pineapple originally for $2.48, but I ad matched for $1.98.

Kevin even picked up some Honey Crisp apples, originally over $2.47, ad matched for $1.88.

We each look for different kinds of healthy foods to throw into a crockpot for an easy meal that can last a week. I often cook on the weekends to use leftovers throughout the week.

Then we continue with our grocery lists. We base our lists around what’s on sale and and meals for the week. I will budget to spend between $25 and $35 dollars a week. I avoid juices, but to spare it and its sugars, it can always be watered down. Meanwhile, we always opt to buy skim milk, which is cheaper and healthier.

“A shopping tip I found is being able to buy generic bread. It tastes fantastic, still makes good sandwiches, good meals, so I'm going to opt to go with Wal-Mart white bread $1.08, can't go wrong with that,” said Hurd.

“Courtney, what’s wrong?” asked Hurd.

“Hot pockets are not sale. They’re $2.18 and usually found them on sale for $1.98 so I can't get them,” said Everett.

Therefore, try not to buy items unless they’re on sale.

“Courtney what are you doing?” asked Hurd.

“I'm smelling my sanctuary. I love cheese and this is one thing I won't pinch pennies on,” said Everett.

"And this is my sanctuary right here, the reduced bakery section $2.50 for these doughnuts, $1.50 today. What’s nice is you can get discounts like this at stores all across the Chippewa Valley, I bring these to the newsroom all the time but shhh don't tell anybody," said Hurd.

Then we rolled our cart along to the cereal aisle for even more deals,
like finding generic cereal if nothing's on sale. Kevin will usually opt for generic Raisin Bran, but this week General Mills had a sale, so we got to feel like kids again.

"Gordy's has a sale on cereal. 4 boxes of cereal for 6 bucks but I can't eat 4 boxes of cereal, so what I do is if I buy two, and then I buy two over here, we usually come out a little bit ahead and save a little bit of money,” said Everett and Hurd.

Then there's buying in bulk to save. People can even buy unprocessed foods and freeze them. It will help it stay fresh.

"Another reporter's friend is Macaroni and Cheese. I buy in the five pack as opposed to buying it individually. You end up saving more money. This is 4.50, this is a 1.18,” said Everett.

Then, it’s time to checkout.

When all's said and done, I saved $6 on a $20 dollar bill and Kevin saved $5 dollars on a $10 dollar bill.

“A job well done. A job well done,” said Everett and Hurd.

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