VIDEO 1: Never Buy These Things from the Grocery Store

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166 Comments

  1. Michelle Hinze
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

    Thanks for consolidating this great information. It’s one thing to gets bits and pieces of this knowledge and try to apply it when you can, but to hear it described so clean, organized and precise makes what you know invaluable. Can’t wait for the next video!

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 4:33 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Michelle!

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    • Rachel Anderson
      December 27, 2016 @ 5:03 pm

      So helpful! I am guilty of the convenience factor for sure!! Thank you so much for offering these strategies!! I knew there had to be someone out there with these tips I am so glad to have the opportunity to learn more!!
      Can’t wait till the next video!
      PS
      Thank you for making these available at this time of year. So convenient 😉 I actually have time to watch them!

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      • Tiffany
        December 27, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

        You’re very welcome Rachel!

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    • Lauren Edmondson
      December 27, 2016 @ 5:32 pm

      This video came at a great time! I am putting my budget together now and it is nice information to have.

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      • Tiffany
        January 2, 2017 @ 11:37 am

        Woo hoo!

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    • Jenny
      December 27, 2016 @ 8:31 pm

      I knew about some of these items, but had no clue on most of them. Thank you so much for sharing this. I was just going through my food budget and using some of the other videos and things you’ve put together. I really find them eye-opening and helpful.

      My family is one of “those” families that you were talking about at the end of the video. Where we have the whole internet and all this information but don’t know how to put it all together to make it work propertly. I’m excited for your other videos to come out.

      Thanks for putting this together for “those” of us. 🙂

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      • Tiffany
        December 27, 2016 @ 8:52 pm

        Jenny, you are so welcome! I hope you enjoy the next few videos as well.

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    • Linda Fraser
      December 27, 2016 @ 9:32 pm

      Thank you for this great information. Yes, I found that Dollar Tree and Dollarama are the best places for several items you mentioned. After getting a short lived job at Dollar Tree, I found they carry a lot of items that saves me lots of money. I continue to go there and save money on lots of things. Thank you so much, Tiffany.

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      • Tiffany
        December 28, 2016 @ 12:14 am

        You’re welcome Linda!

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    • Kim
      December 27, 2016 @ 11:52 pm

      I love this. I use to work in a grocery store and then in a big box store and learned some of the cost for ordering and working with vendors. I was in total shock of the mark ups. I learned this and God has been revealing was to be more aware and see the bottom line for me, my budget and family. I love that you have broken down the hidden truths. This is beautiful that you are sharing the foundation of shopping for us the consumer and then the side of the producers. Love it. God bless.

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      • Tiffany
        December 28, 2016 @ 12:10 am

        Aw, thanks Kim!

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    • Carolyn
      December 29, 2016 @ 11:50 pm

      Great video! Can’t wait to put this into practice. I tried clicking on the link to download the resource list of things never to buy at the grocery store, but it’s not coming up…

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    • Carolyn
      December 30, 2016 @ 4:00 am

      Update to my previous comment – a little later in the evening I was able to get the resource list. Perfect timing! – My husband came to me with the empty packaging for his beloved Ivory bar soap (10 bars 4 oz. each), telling me to add it to the grocery list. I immediately went to the resource guide which said to purchase personal hygiene products at big box stores. So I let my fingers do the walking online. Bed/Bath had it for $5.99, Walmart (just for comparison) had it at $10.06, Amazon had it for $5.41 and drumroll please… Target had it for $3.97 and free shipping – I ordered several! Yahoo!

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      • Tiffany
        December 30, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

        So glad you were able to download the resource Carolyn, and put it into practice so soon! Great find on the soap – it really does “pay” to shop around!!

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    • Lynne
      December 30, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

      Hi Tiffany,
      Very helpful Video, although couponing isn’t very big in Australia.
      I’m going to read the resource information you prepared, as I had made some of these observations (but not all) myself, and hope I can work out Australian Alternatives. Great work!

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      • Tiffany
        December 30, 2016 @ 6:35 pm

        Thanks so much Lynne! I’m sure you can use some of these discounts in Australia too!

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    • Sandy Foreman
      December 31, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

      Tiffany,
      Thanks for sharing.

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      • Tiffany
        January 2, 2017 @ 11:37 am

        You’re welcome Sandy!

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    • Sue Cosgrove
      March 17, 2017 @ 10:55 am

      What category do you put walmart in? I buy everything there. Do you advise going to grovery instead of walmart for groceries?

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  2. Sam Macklem
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

    Very interesting. I enjoyed this. A question, however, Walmart is a big box store with groceries now. How does this store fit in to the overall strategy? I have found their produce to be excellent and reasonable, and buy cosmetics etc. in the other aisles of the box store.

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

      Walmart is tricky Sam, because of their appeal to the one-stop-shop mentality. Some of the things I mention are at their lowest price at Walmart, but some of them still have better prices elsewhere. You can download the resource to see what store has the best on everything I mention!

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  3. suzanne s adams
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:13 pm

    SOUNDS INTERESTING

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 4:36 pm

      Thanks Suzanne!

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      • Bobbi Farrell
        March 17, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

        How can I get to the next Video? I am 72 years old and in pretty good health for my age. I want to stay healthy and independent but I find it harder to keep up with the prices.

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    • Kathy Slaughter
      March 17, 2017 @ 7:53 am

      But, if you use Walmart Savings Catcher and scan in your receipt after you shop, they automatically search your area’s stores for price comparisons and refund you the difference on any better deals. (I think this is only advertised prices.) And they cover a fairly wide area & variety of stores, which saves a lot of running around. You can also use the Price Grabber app which tells you who has the better deal before you shop.

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  4. suzanne s adams
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:14 pm

    MAY BE SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO TRY.

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  5. Ashley B
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:19 pm

    I enjoyed this first video! We are definitely on our way! Thank you so much! I can’t wait for more!

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 4:36 pm

      Thanks Ashley!

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  6. Robin
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

    That was an eye opener, and you’re right, we buy these things at the grocery store because it’s convenient. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 4:36 pm

      Thank you Robin!

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  7. Dawn H
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:27 pm

    Great list. Loved being reminded about not buying batteries at the grocery store. Thank you.

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 4:36 pm

      You’re so welcome Dawn!

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  8. Yvonne Measer
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

    Excellent information! What about a store like Aldi? How are the nonfood items compare price wise there?

    Thanks!

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

      Hi Yvonne! ALDI has good prices on non-food items, but the best way to know if you’re getting a good deal is to compare the prices to other stores. If you have your eye on something, look it up online at big box stores and warehouse stores to see who has the best deal before you buy!

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  9. Dawn E Brown
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:31 pm

    Thank you so much,this was wonderful.

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 4:37 pm

      You’re welcome Dawn!

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  10. Cindy
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

    I’m looking forward to learning about the store sale cycle. Thx for all your good advice.

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 5:23 pm

      You’re welcome Cindy!

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  11. Betty Ann Duzik
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:47 pm

    Thanks for the information. Most of which I already know, but sometimes you have to hear
    it to make it hit home. My biggest problem in shopping (grocery type items) is we have City Market (King Soopers) or
    Wal Mart. We live in Craig Colorado, a small town in the northwest corner of the state. I have some concerns about Wal Mart, although I do get some of my extra items there. Most of my food comes from City Market, for several reasons- better selection, fuel points, more organic and natural foods. From your information though I am going to rethink my grocery buying. Thanks again. Have a Blessed Day ! Betty Ann <

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 5:24 pm

      Nothing like a friend calling you out on something you already know, right? 😉 That usually does it for me too!

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  12. Vicky
    December 27, 2016 @ 4:48 pm

    Loved it thanks. I will take notice but I must say when batteries 8 2 for a 36 pack I think that is a good deal

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 5:23 pm

      Honestly Vicky, it all depends on the price. Break it down to the cost of each individual battery to know whether it’s truly a good deal!

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  13. Vicki Platt
    December 27, 2016 @ 5:06 pm

    I am a bit confused ok I am in a rural part of Nebraska we have to drive 20 miles to York or 45 miles to Columbus ( which I like better out of those 2 ) I usually go to Walmart in York Columbus does have Walmart and super saver. Then if I want to drive further each big town is 1.20 hrs both have sams which I like to get my water bottles from( I had stomach surgery and I have found this to be easier to track my water intake also yes it’s is easier for my athletes to grab 3 or 4 of them when they leave for practice or a game expecially right now since we are having some pluming issues ugh love being a home owner haha I buy my paper towels and to there. Some times if I see a deal on something we use at home I may get it there. My sis in law has introduced me to Aldo’s but I have only made it once I do by grocat Walmart only in a pinch will I get them at our home town market or the dollar general that is 5 miles a way bc I looked at my receipts from Walmart for the last month on milk I have not paid over 3.08 for 1%milk we were in a pinch or thought we were so we went to dollar general and spent over 4$ &a if I knew that I won’t need it to cook Christmas dinner I never would have bought it I try hard to watch sale adds I use the Walmart app tgat pays you back if someone prices are lower than there’s I just don’t know if I’m on the right path?????

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

      Hi Vicki! I teach a very strategic way to grocery shop in Grocery Budget Bootcamp, and it can save you much more than using the Walmart app. This training series is a sneak peek into the course and these methods will work no matter where you live!

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  14. Valentine
    December 27, 2016 @ 5:32 pm

    To save more money, I would even go further on a few of the suggestions, like:

    Buy a reusable water bottle instead of getting water bottles, or pass around glasses and use a filter for fresh water.
    If you must use disposables for a party (because of quantity needed and/or children will be using and handling them), buy high-quality ones like Chinet and wash and reuse them.
    Buy rechargeable batteries. Much cheaper in the long run and you never run out.

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 6:55 pm

      These are great tips Valentine!

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  15. Gen
    December 27, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

    That was a great presentation. But it sure left me hanging….. would you let us in on Where to buy the things you mentioned?

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 6:54 pm

      Absolutely Gen – it’s all in the resource you can download. Click the blue link under the video. 🙂

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  16. Terri Todd
    December 27, 2016 @ 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the handy list. I am guilty of shopping for many non food items at the supermarket for convenience. I DO NOT shop at Wal-Mart and canceled my Sam’s Club membership because I hated going there to shop. We do not have Costco in our area but I will investigate Target. I have just begun to shop online at Thrive Market because of their excellent quality and value in organic food products. I will check out Amazon, too. I look forward to your next video. BTW your kitchen is beautiful!

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 6:53 pm

      Aw, thanks so much Terri! I’m so glad this video was helpful!

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  17. Antoinette
    December 27, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

    Great presentation, Tiffany! I really appreciated the download because I can take it with me when I shop as a visual reminder of what NOT to do!

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

      Thanks so much Antoinette!!

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  18. Charlotte
    December 27, 2016 @ 5:41 pm

    You never cease to amaze me. I’ve been hooked since I learned how to make my own laundry detergent. Some of your 16 seemed like common sense but a few were not. Having a list consolidated will be a big help. I, too, am anticipating your information on sale cycles. I would like to add one thing to your list of what NOT to buy. It’s not really a purchase but it is a NOT TO. “Do not take your husband with you to the grocery store.”

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

      LOL! I love this Charlotte and it’s SO true! I sent my husband to pick up a $2 dog bone last week and he came home with $150+ worth of stuff!

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      • Sam
        December 27, 2016 @ 7:15 pm

        Or your kids! (Speaking from experience!)

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  19. Rya Michele
    December 27, 2016 @ 6:03 pm

    I was about to print the resource when I decided to read it first and realized that I already follow it. Our household grocery budget issues stem from eating mostly organic and also having specific personal hygiene needs again because of our preference for organic products as well as various sensitivities and allergies. I hope your upcoming videos can help us!

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 6:49 pm

      Way to go for incorporating these tips Rya!

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  20. Rachel D.
    December 27, 2016 @ 6:07 pm

    Wow, never thought about the convenience factor!! I am definitely going to have to revamp the way I shop. Baby 2 is coming soon and we will need to get more for our money. Thanks so much for the helpful information and encouragement 🙂

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 6:47 pm

      You’re very welcome Rachel – congratulations on baby #2!

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  21. Victoria Mark
    December 27, 2016 @ 6:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this. So informative. I never thought of some of those items as a do not buy at the grocery store, especially the plastic wrap, tin foil, etc. I’ve been guilty of buying a few of the other items as well. 2017 i plan to be a Breakthrough year in so many ways and this is one of them. I’m looking forward to the next video’s. I think it will be interesting to also see how it differs here in Canada as we don’t have some of the same stores.

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 6:47 pm

      So glad I could help Victoria!

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  22. Sam
    December 27, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

    Thanks for this great list! A couple if things I have recently discovered:

    Trader Joe’s has excellent prices on flowers and they really seem to last. When I want to treat myself, I can get a nice bouquet for about $6.

    Regarding bottled water, it is important to know that anything packaged in plastic can AT MOST be recycled is one time. That means any plastic you buy will end up in a landfill sooner than you think. Plastics get recycled into a lower grade plastic (often with the potential to leak a lot of toxins into your food or water.) From an environmental and health point of view, this is a disaster. Convenience always comes at a cost!

    Mason jars and stainless steel make great food storage. I use Bee’s wrap, plates, and dish towels in place of plastic wrap and sandwich bags. I switched over a year ago and have more than saved the cost of the reusables. 😀

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    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:38 am

      Great food for thought. Thank you for the constructive feedback Sam!

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  23. Hope C Ware
    December 27, 2016 @ 8:45 pm

    SUPER interesting! Nice presentation and helpful tips! Here are my tips: 1) “Ask your grocery store when they do markdowns” Is there a specific time of day that they do this? Big Lots marks down items at noon on Tuesdays. Our Krogers marks down items at noon each day. Since we pass right by there on the way home from church, we can pop in and see what they have marked down. I also discovered that if I see an item ( like a 1 pound container of organic greens) that expires either that day or the next day, all I need to do it take it to someone in the produce department and they will mark it down to 1/2 price for me! Also, I never miss checking the non-perishable markdown aisle at Krogers. They generally have some treasures of higher quality items marked way down in price. #2) Be sure you know the “code” if you shop the big box clubs. For SAMS, if an item ends in a “1”, then it is marked down. My son works at a store adjacent to SAMS. So, when I drop him at work, I stop by SAMS for samples and to “shark the aisles.” My family has dubbed my behavior of walking the aisles looking for price tags that end in “1” as “sharking.” I carefully watch items until they hit bottom and then stock up. I recently found 5 pound bags of organic black beans for $5 each. They had 5 left. I bought all 5 of them. (I’m vegan. So we’ll easily use those 25 # of black beans within 4 months.) Cautions!: DON’T go into SAMS without a shopping list. DON’T go into SAMS regularly unless you have nerves of steel and can’t pass by the high priced convenience foods without buying them. And DON’T purchase what you won’t use. If you wind up throwing it out, it is not a bargain. Otherwise, my general strategy is: once-a-week cooking, use a list, use what I have on hand, and use “planned leftovers”.

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 8:51 pm

      Hope, these are FANTASTIC suggestions! And yes, I agree, never go to Sams (or Costco) without a list 🙂 Another thing, I always try to shop Costco without my husband – he’s a sucker for the seasonal items and electronics!

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      • Hope C Ware
        December 27, 2016 @ 9:04 pm

        Yep! If I take my husband and 4 sons, they follow me around SAMS whispering, “Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!” in my ear, trying to score two of the take-and-bake pizzas. I relent – but only once a month. 🙂

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        • Tiffany
          December 28, 2016 @ 12:19 am

          That’s so funny Hope! It’s good to hear from you again!

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  24. Mark McCain
    December 27, 2016 @ 8:58 pm

    Thank you for the list. I look forward to watching your other videos. And everything you said made a lot of sense. Thanks again for your help

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    • Tiffany
      December 27, 2016 @ 8:58 pm

      You’re so welcome Mark!

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  25. Ilene Shelton
    December 27, 2016 @ 9:44 pm

    Thank you for your presentation. I know most of the ideas but they were good reminders of why I do things. I hope to share.

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    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:39 am

      You’re absolutely welcome Ilene!

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  26. sabijo
    December 27, 2016 @ 11:39 pm

    Thanks for compiling this list, Tiffany! And I appreciate that you are offering all of this free! I hope that you will see the blessings from this in your own life since you are sharing good things with so many others. 🙂

    I have totally been suckered in by these stores,….and whats worse for my wallet, is that I’ve been suckered in by the ORGANICS and non-toxic isles….you can imagine the costs (though I DO make all these products last for quite a while)!

    I need to know the best places to buy products that are ethically sources, whether that is free-range eggs, or petroleum-product-free personal care items. I try to go for the least fancy brands, like Dr. Bronner’s soaps (which can be used in many different ways). Amazon has become a good friend to my wallet, as has Trader Joe’s b/c they offer pretty decent prices on decent-ingredient products like Tom’s of Maine deodorant, stuff like that.

    I’m looking forward to seeing your other videos!

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    • Tiffany
      December 28, 2016 @ 12:13 am

      The organic aisle are so tempting, but that’s so great you’re making it last! The rest of the videos are coming soon – you’re gonna love them!

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  27. Karen Simon Peterson
    December 27, 2016 @ 11:59 pm

    What a great video! Excellent information. I buy my paper products from Amazon and Costco, and household items and cleaning supplies, usually, from Target. I agree that Walmart’s produce is usually excellent – but I’ve found if I do my weekly shopping there the bill is, most times, $20-50 more than if I shop at Fred Meyer. And that is Just for food. I’m super anxious for the rest of your videos. Thank you.

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    • Tiffany
      December 28, 2016 @ 12:09 am

      You’re most welcome Karen!

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  28. Joanne scantlebury
    December 28, 2016 @ 12:16 am

    Thanks so much for the video.
    The supermarket is so convenient and I end up spending way more than I intended, and a lot of it is non food items.
    I,m looking forward to the next video, and will try to purchase only food items in the supermarket and non food in other places.

    Thanks again

    Joanne scantlebury

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    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:39 am

      Good luck Joanne! You can do it!

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  29. Katie
    December 28, 2016 @ 1:11 am

    Thank you so much! Found this on a perfect say! My husband and i have struggled for years and years with grocery shopping and now its worse with a 5 year old and a 3 year old. Everything you said was exactly what we are going through! We are trying to eat healthy and its just impossible! I have tried to many different things and cant fiqure it out! My husband has finally had enough and today said he will be doing the grocery shopping fornow on and he will not buy healthy food. I am so happy to find this video andcant wait for the others! I pray it changes my life and my family as it did yours. Thank you!

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    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:41 am

      Oh Katie! I’ll keep your family in my prayers! I know firsthand how difficult it can be to try and stay within budget, and I hope that this video – and the next few help your family out!!

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  30. Trish
    December 28, 2016 @ 3:40 am

    Hi Tiffany,
    I enjoyed your not to buy at the grocery store items. I have recently been buying paper products and household items at Five Dollar and use $5 off $25 spent.
    My daughter and I are trying to eat fresh, non-animal deprived foods (my daughter is choosing this route and I am going along on the journey).
    Learning how long fruits / vegetables last and where in the refrigerator to store. How to store extra food prepared in the freezer with out the freezer taste.
    Love it so far.
    Keep up the great work.
    Trish

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    • Tiffany
      December 28, 2016 @ 1:33 pm

      Trish, way to go supporting your daughter! Your experiment with her reminds me of the time I did a smoothie fast, ONLY because my husband decided to do a water fast 🙂 Good luck on your journey, and I hope the next few video’s are of benefit to you and your family!

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  31. Jenn
    December 28, 2016 @ 4:07 am

    Huge eye opener! I never thought of a grocery store as being the place where we just buy FOOD! it makes total sense though now that I see it! Thank you so much for offering this incredible help and advice. I love your blog and you’re just fantastic! I can’t wait for the next video!

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    • Tiffany
      December 28, 2016 @ 1:30 pm

      LOL! Thanks Jenn!

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  32. Alice Heath
    December 28, 2016 @ 9:33 am

    I found your video both interesting and informative, but in my own case, I question whether I’d be spending the money I saved, on gas as I traveled from store to store for the bargains. I live within a mile of Krogers, but it’s ten miles to Wal-Mart, and 20 to Sam’s or Costco, not to mention the annual fee to shop there. But, as with any seminar or class, I’ll take what advice and info I can put to good use. Thank you for the video, and all the other great information you share from week to week. I’m looking forward to more good things to come.

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    • Tiffany
      December 28, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

      Thanks Alice! There is definitely a trade off when having to travel distances. I find that if Costco is significantly further, but the deals are greater, consider shopping there less often, but go for items you can get a great deal on in bulk. I wrote a detailed post on this here: http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2016/05/costco-membership-worth/

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  33. Peterann
    December 28, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

    Enjoyed video. I’m certainly a convenience buyer. Do you have a video similar to this about big box stores and drug store. Where do we buy those products we don’t buy at grocery?

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    • Tiffany
      December 28, 2016 @ 1:37 pm

      Thanks Peterann! I don’t, but there’s some information on these stores in the resource for this video! 🙂

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  34. Shannan
    December 28, 2016 @ 6:05 pm

    Excited about these videos! More excited about the book I see in your post. How do I get one, Iam so anxious to get planning and saving. I really need a grocery budget makeover!! We’re spending more and more each month and not really seeing great results with meals on the table regularly. Iam trying to eat even more healthy, and more organic but trying to stay within a $1100 budget has been almost impossible. (That’s with cleaning, hygiene, and paper products) we have a family of 5 (3 teenagers, basically 5 adults) I would love love love to cut my grocery budget in half! I’ve been trying to cook from scratch as much as possible and I already have been doing the tips in this video so I am so confused on what Iam doing wrong. I need help ASAP! I Would love to start the new year with a new budget and be able to increase our savings budget. Thank you!

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    • Tiffany
      December 28, 2016 @ 11:19 pm

      Thanks Shannan! The book in my post is part of Grocery Budget Bootcamp – a course that will be open for enrollment soon. Are you subscribed to my email list? If so, you’ll get more info via email soon. If not, you can subscribe here: http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/subscribe-2

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  35. Christine
    December 28, 2016 @ 9:31 pm

    I like the ideas. However, I know most of the reason I buy these things at the store is due to time constraints. It is convenient to grab what you need all in one place. Also, I stick to certain cheap items like .99 cent shampoo and toothpaste as well as the cheaper laundry soap. This video does make me want to check out Amazon for better deals though. Thanks.

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  36. Sylvia
    December 28, 2016 @ 10:15 pm

    What I loved the most was your honesty. It showed through very clearly in every hint you gave us. Now I just need to put into practice what I learned from you.

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    • Tiffany
      December 28, 2016 @ 10:24 pm

      Thanks for the wonderful compliment Sylvia! I hope that the next few videos that are coming will help you out as well!

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  37. Mary Katherine
    December 28, 2016 @ 10:31 pm

    THANK YOU! You are such a blessing to keep putting out these free resources! Love the video (yes, I took notes), and can’t wait for more!

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    • Tiffany
      December 28, 2016 @ 10:33 pm

      Thank you for the kind words Mary! They’re coming soon!!

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  38. Theresa
    December 29, 2016 @ 2:50 am

    I have always appreciated your dedication to helping us all with new strategies and inspiration to just keep going in the real food/ healthy budget world. I know it’s possible and love seeing you as a model of someone who’s striving to continually make it work…it’s reassuring and wildly contributory!

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    • Tiffany
      December 29, 2016 @ 3:04 am

      aw, thank you for such sweet words Theresa! It’s my honor to help!!

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  39. Donna Blount
    December 29, 2016 @ 2:54 pm

    My grocery spending is far more than it should be. Lots of great information in your video. I can’t wait for the next episode. Thank you!!

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    • Tiffany
      December 30, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

      You’re welcome Donna!

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  40. Laura
    December 29, 2016 @ 3:21 pm

    So, I was happy to hear this list because it validated my own observations in many ways. I buy most of these items and most of my groceries from Amazon and Walmart. I feel like I hunt for the best deals, but still WAY overspend on food. I can’t wait for the next video. I really need this!

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    • Tiffany
      December 30, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

      This is so great to hear Laura!

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  41. Mrs L
    December 29, 2016 @ 5:30 pm

    I enjoy gaining tips about shopping but for me to follow your guidelines in the first video would mean I would spend more money. I have 7 minutes to my grocery store and 10 minutes on top of that to any other stores for paper products etc. Which means that what I save I’ll probably end up paying in gas to get there; not to mention more time away from home.

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    • Tiffany
      December 30, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

      Mrs. L – I encourage you to calculate how much money it actually costs you in gas, because when I did this myself, I found that it didn’t really cost that much. Plus by knowing how much it costs in gas, and knowing how much you can save, it helps to plan your trip to see if it’s worthwhile or not.

      Reply

  42. Mary
    December 30, 2016 @ 12:52 am

    Our area has Walmart and HEB grocery. Most of food prices are the same and sometimes HEB is cheaper. Our WM food is average quality. Grocery better. Both stores equally competitive. Sales on non-food in grocery on sale as good as WM.
    I plan to bulk buy paper products at Sams soon. And other products ar AMAZON. Great with a Prime.
    The real trick is to know the prices in your community, and then make choices according to your needs. Lots more organic in grocery these days.
    When I buy organic, I’m aware of the higher price and do a better job in watching costs,
    .

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    • Tiffany
      December 30, 2016 @ 1:25 pm

      You’re right Mary – make the best choices according to what your own needs are!

      Reply

  43. Joan
    December 30, 2016 @ 2:22 pm

    What great information. Some of your hints serve as a refresher for me. As others have said, I’ve fallen into the convenience trap. Can’t wait to see your next videos.

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      December 30, 2016 @ 2:51 pm

      Thanks Joan!

      Reply

  44. Beverly Matoney
    December 30, 2016 @ 4:09 pm

    I love your website, your menus and your videos! However, I recently moved to a very rural area with glacial internet service, and I can no longer watch the videos. Is there a transcript of this one somewhere I can read? Thanks!

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      December 30, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

      Hi Beverly! I don’t have transcripts for these videos, but I do have them for the course!

      Reply

  45. Rachel
    December 30, 2016 @ 5:20 pm

    Tiffany, Thanks for sharing of your wisdom, insight and work with us! I very much enjoyed your Meal Plans and now look forward to your next unveiling of next steps!

    Blessings,

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    • Tiffany
      December 30, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

      Aw, thanks so much Rachel!

      Reply

  46. Mary
    December 30, 2016 @ 2:57 pm

    Thank you so much for this. This was hard to watch, honestly. I pride myself in my ability to save my family money, but obviously there are so many things I’m doing wrong! I will definitely be making these changes and see how it affects my budget! Thanks Tiffany!

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      December 30, 2016 @ 3:58 pm

      You’re welcome Mary! I hope these tips help you save even more 🙂

      Reply

  47. Isabella
    December 30, 2016 @ 5:28 pm

    Thanks Tiffany for such helpful information! I was wondering if you offer a link to post to Facebook? I have so many friends who would really benefit from hearing about this.

    Reply

  48. Judith
    December 30, 2016 @ 6:16 pm

    Thx for great ideas.

    I shop at Aldi’s with a list… and save soooo much money – they have a fantastic produce (real food) aisle. Better than Walmart… which in St. Louis Walmart produce is high…
    I know Aldi isn’t everywhere yet… but they are rapidly expanding.

    Judith

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    • Tiffany
      December 30, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

      You’re welcome Judith! I love ALDI – I hope they keep on expanding!

      Reply

  49. Holly
    December 30, 2016 @ 7:07 pm

    As someone who works at a grocery store I am very familiar with our prices. While this is a good idea, pay attention to prices, don’t just assume somewhere other than the grocery store is cheaper. I went to cvs to buy a healthcare item, it was $25. At my (high-end) grocery store it was $17.

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    • Tiffany
      December 31, 2016 @ 11:45 am

      Thanks Holly! As a general rule of thumb, I’ve found that the grocery store isn’t the best deal for healthcare items, BUT it pays to pay attention to prices everywhere you shop!

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  50. Shanda
    December 30, 2016 @ 8:08 pm

    Regarding paper, plastic, personal hygiene products, I feel like I do okay if I buy generic products on sale at the grocery store. Do you still think they’re cheaper elsewhere? Our weekly budget for a family of 5 in So Cal, including non food items is about $125. Being a working mom without the time or energy to make my own say, laundry soap or toothpaste, I think I’m doing ok. What I want more of is organic, non GMO, humanely raised animal products, etc. but don’t want to break the bank. This was several questions I guess. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

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    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:24 am

      If generic is a good deal, and convenience is of the essence, absolutely! However, if you like a certain brand, it will almost save you in the long run to price compare – and check big box stores and online. Regarding your budget – $125/week for a family of 5 – you’re doing great! I miss the fresh affordable (always in season) produce that California had to offer! Have you found a local farmer who believes in organic/non-gmo animal products? That may be your best bet, or to buy meat in bulk…my sister in law purchased 1/2 organic raised cow for less than what conventional runs in stores!

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  51. Betty Sabboe
    December 31, 2016 @ 7:19 am

    Thank you for all the information and helps. One thing caught my attention at the beginning of the blog. You said you cured your husbands chronic heartburn due to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Is there anywhere on the blog to find how you did this. I have this problem and don’t care to take prescription medication. Would really like to find out about this. Looking forward to video 3.

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:44 am

      YES! I do not have a post on it, BUT the biggest thing he did was cut out fried foods, acidic foods and alcohol. While he still enjoys a glass of wine on the weekends with me, we have eliminated all other beverages from our pantry.

      Also, he takes his time eating now, and takes smaller bites. It sounds crazy, but it has done wonders for his digestion tract.

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  52. Danette
    December 31, 2016 @ 8:32 am

    Great work Tiffany! Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Grocery shopping is a study in economics and strategy…you might have your PHD 😉

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:45 am

      If only…. 🙂

      Reply

  53. Mrs.Billy Jo Reed
    December 31, 2016 @ 11:00 am

    Every since my husband had a stroke last year, and juggling three kids and homeschooling, I am so guilty of the convenience thing. i always thought it was saving us money but in the long run it was just putting us into more debt. Thanks for opening my eyes.

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:45 am

      You are so welcome! I hope your husband is doing well!!

      Reply

  54. Christine
    December 31, 2016 @ 1:44 pm

    I almost always buy nonfood stuff the grocery store because it is CONVENIENT. Now you have me rethinking my shopping. We have not really shopped at Walmart through the years, however, I was there the other day and did purchase some nonfood items (laundry soap, Kleenex etc). It was much cheaper. I am going to try to stop buying those things at the store. Thanks

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:46 am

      Great job Christine! Once you start looking at how specific stores are over charging, you’ll never go back to your old habits.

      Reply

  55. Rebecca
    December 31, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

    It never occurred to me that some of that stuff was just there for the convenience. I don’t buy paper products other than T.P. but I don’t usually buy it at the grocery store. The kitchen supply stuff I have often wondered why have that in the store and does anyone really buy it! I saw a crock pot last week for $49 and bought the same one from Amazon for $22! Ridiculous mark up!! (I was shopping for one because mine decided the morning I needed it to quit working!!!). I bought 2 for the price of one (which was my original plan).

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:46 am

      Rebecca, wait for black friday. I think crock pots were $6 at Walmart one year 🙂

      Reply

  56. Pam
    December 31, 2016 @ 6:37 pm

    Thanks so much for this video and the handy downloadable cheat sheet. I think a lot of the info in this video is common sense, but so many (including myself) choose convenience over cost-savings. It’s great to have the info on the best places to buy these non-grocery items to help streamline my shopping days. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:47 am

      You’re welcome Pam 🙂

      Reply

  57. Suze Harris
    January 1, 2017 @ 11:43 am

    Great video. Not sure it is applicable in the UK. I can often get things like loo rolls and shampoos cheapest in the supermarket.
    I agree I wouldnt buy things like ironing boards from a supermarket though.

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:48 am

      Suze, my guess is that marketing psychology is pretty similar in various countries…. While not every tip may not apply, I bet many of them will!

      Reply

  58. Ithunna Sarsis
    January 1, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

    Informative and well timed! I’m thankful you included the ideal locations to look for each of these items.

    Looking forward to the next video!

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge so that others may get ahead in future.

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:48 am

      Woo hoo! Glad it helped you!

      Reply

  59. Alexis
    January 1, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

    I actually have a question about your video. You list all of the items not too buy at the grocery store, but don’t give examples of where we CAN buy these items. You also don’t distinguish between a grocery store and a supermarket. In my area of Texas, we have lots of different places to buy groceries as well as non grocery items. HEB, Kroger, Albertsons, Walmart, plus the small grocery stores that are closer to home in our small town that are almost always overpriced on everything, including food. We drive about 30 min or more to do any kind of shopping so that we can benefit from lower prices. However, both Walmart and HEB are multifaceted stores. HEB had PLUS stores to try to match Walmart . We tend to do most of our grocery shopping at HEB and get most of our non food items at Walmart with a few exceptions. I really don’t know where I can get products that you listed, cheaper than I get them at Walmart, even though it also has an entire grocery section taking up half of the store. And with the exception of Aldi’s (which can be hit or miss on what products they actually have available) there aren’t any grocery stores that I know of that are consistently lower in price. So, would you mind clarifying what you mean by a grocery store, versus “anywhere else”? I’d really appreciate it.

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    • Tiffany
      January 1, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

      Hi Alexis – I made my recommended “to buy” stores in the resource for this video. There’s a download link under the video in blue – let me know if you cannot find it. As for my definition of a grocery store, it’s a store where food is (or was) it’s primary focus. At one time, Walmart’s focus was non-food items. They added food for convenience. You could say the opposite is true for HEB.

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  60. Deb
    January 1, 2017 @ 11:33 pm

    Thanks, I mostly try to do most of these, I have found stocking up the “loss leader” specials anywhere tend to save me money, and I so agree with taking hubby/kids (or granddaughter in my case) always come home with extras. I’m looking forward to your next video.

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:49 am

      Thanks for the feedback Deb!

      Reply

  61. Wanda
    January 2, 2017 @ 3:41 am

    Even though many grocery stores here in the Netherlands are a bit different than those in the US, I feel I can be able to save some more money by using your tips and tricks.

    Now waiting for the next videos and can’t wait!

    Thank you from Holland.

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 2, 2017 @ 11:50 am

      So glad I can bless someone so far away! The next videos are on their way!

      Reply

  62. Marni
    January 2, 2017 @ 8:57 pm

    Thank you for inspiring us home makers to do better on the grocery budgets! Things are very different here in Australia so shopping around between the major Supermarkets is the cheapest option for many of the things you mention in the video, but the fact remains that they want us to buy more than what we plan to buy there!!! Thank you for teaching us this important principle.
    Thanks from Down Under:-)

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 3, 2017 @ 10:35 am

      Marni, I hope these tips help you – all the way out in Australia!!

      Reply

  63. Shari
    January 3, 2017 @ 10:07 am

    Thank you for this s list. Some of the items seem like common sense and some a little surprising. I have looked for some of these items at the grocery store and then decide no I can get it somewhere else much cheapar. I live in a very small town so the market is over priced on where thing. I actually travel more than 30 miles to go two at least 3 different stores to get items for less. I have given up coupon shopping because the items I purchase, hardly ever have a coupon or the store does not accept coupons. I can’t wait to see the other videos as I am desperate to get our grocery budget down. Thank you Shari is waiting

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    • Tiffany
      January 3, 2017 @ 10:36 am

      The little tips and tricks add up big when it comes to grocery shopping. The marketing staff has consumer psychology down to a science. It’s up to “us” to figure our what we need, what we don’t, and which stores to shop at! The other video’s are available!

      Reply

  64. Jamie
    January 3, 2017 @ 11:15 am

    Most definitely helpful!! I’m another one guilty of convenience shopping, and would love to “stop the bleed!!” Your tips will certainly help with that! Looking forward to what’s next…

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 4, 2017 @ 7:30 am

      Awesome Jamie! Let me know how they work out for you!!!

      Reply

  65. Brenna
    January 3, 2017 @ 11:42 am

    The only paper product I buy is toilet paper. It is actually not cheap at my local Costco. It varies from 65 to 85 cents a roll. I buy it at Aldi when I can (48 cents a roll). Otherwise I wait for a good sale. Recently, the 20 roll packs of Scott’s 1000 sheets went on sale for $10.99. If you bought 3, you got $10 back and they had coupons on them. I got 60 rolls for about $20 – less than 35 cents a roll!

    By the way, my 9 y/o has been asking to watch these videos!

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    • Tiffany
      January 4, 2017 @ 7:31 am

      Great job Brenna! And points to your 9 year old!

      Reply

  66. Geneva
    January 3, 2017 @ 1:56 pm

    This was a very informative and pertinent video. This video helps me achieve my saving goals. I started this about two months ago but fail back into the grocery store shopping due to the holidays. However, I’m out of there now and back to the dollar store. Thanks for sharing your wisdom, expertise and tips.

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 4, 2017 @ 7:32 am

      Woo hoo! Great job Geneva, keep up the good work!

      Reply

  67. Clarice Bridges
    January 3, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

    Tiffany, You have provided valuable information. I really appreciated the tips and the fact you emphasized the strategy and or thought process of the grocery store marketing plan. It all makes sense once you explained it. In 2017 I plan to utilize quite a few of your suggestions. I can honestly see how my life would be easier over a period of time. Thanks for taking the time to share. Clarice

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    • Tiffany
      January 4, 2017 @ 7:33 am

      Clarice, that was such a kind and thoughtful comment. Thank you, and best of luck in 2017!

      Reply

  68. Claudia
    January 3, 2017 @ 7:31 pm

    Sadly does not apply to the UK Nor does part 2

    Reply

    • Tiffany
      January 3, 2017 @ 7:43 pm

      Actually Claudia, the majority of these tips can apply outside the US. They might not be an EXACT fit due to the cultural differences, but the theory behind them still stands!

      Reply

  69. Mona
    January 4, 2017 @ 7:21 pm

    Hapy New Years! Looking forward to seeing the next video.

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  70. Angela
    January 12, 2017 @ 9:50 am

    Great video! Now to overcome the habit of convenience buying!

    Reply

  71. Diana K O'Hagin
    March 15, 2017 @ 4:52 pm

    Thank you for sharing your information. My husband and I are retired and on a fixed income so I want to save money, shop and get the best price. I’m on the waiting list for your grocery budget bootcamp.

    Reply

  72. Diane Otto
    March 16, 2017 @ 10:33 am

    I am off to a good start because I NEVER buy any of those items at the grocery store just for that reason. Thank you for having the courage to share with us and not being selfish with what you have learned. I am so glad I signed up for this.

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  73. Arnetta Jones
    March 16, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

    Thanks so much Tiffany for these great ideas. I shop mostly at Aldi’s and around the outside of most supermarkets. I love the dollar store.

    Reply

  74. Lisa MILLER
    March 16, 2017 @ 6:14 pm

    Supermarkets in Australia use the same tricks, however I am quite limited in shopping where I live. You can buy a lot of stuff on line much cheaper than the stores but the postage costs eat up any savings. I shop with a friend and we can buy some things cheaper in bulk. We also ‘counsel’ each other on impulse buys. I also make what I can at home from soaps, to breads and cakes and grow my own vegetables. Not all your tips and tricks will apply to all countries, but I am sure some of it does. Keep up the good work.

    Reply

  75. Cynthia Seeger
    March 20, 2017 @ 8:19 am

    I was able to watch the 1st video and found it helpful but can’t figure out how to watch the 2nd and 3rd. Can you please help me

    Thank you,

    Cynthia Seeger

    Reply

    • Dawne
      March 20, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

      Cynthia,

      You have to go to the top of the page and click on the other videos. Hope this helps.

      Reply

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