When I started this effort, I thought I’d save all the paper receipts for the year. I’ve tossed everything but this weeks’ now. Why would I need them? Seems like my old, hoarding behaviors kicking in and my new de-hoarding ideas kicking ’em out!
I have, as I’ve said, a lot of old frugality, cooking, and houswifery books. Most of them I could tell you the interesting tidbit or the other that I use from them, years after I first read them. Rarely, I find a book I can use and reuse, for decades.
Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half! Supermarket Survival – by Barbara Salisbuiry and Cheri Loveless, (1984) is one of those books.
Beyond the out-of-date recommendations, the book is full of little quizzes and worksheets, to help you see how and where you spend your food dollar and how you might do better.
There are three major areas the book is out of date, no internet, COVID concerns, and the dollar amounts are way off of course. Also, the book recommends using loss leaders from several stores as a strategy for saving money. This is a great idea, if you’re not living in a COVID era, and have transportation/money/time to go to multiple stores.
Your changing food budget, How do you Choose a Brand? /8-9/ encourages shopping at multiple stores, not sane in the age of COVID.
How do you prepare to shop? /10/ Internet/COVID.
Do you use consumer aids?, Consumer concerns,/11-2/ internet/COVID/old-style mail-in refunding rather than gift cards.
Look at supermarket Image /26-7/
What type of shopper are you? /28-9/
Reviewing your alternatives /43-5/
Recognizing a good price /59-60/ Based on old print-style ads.
Loss leader survey / 69/
Brand selection quiz /72/
House Brands and/or Economy Brands in your storage worksheet /82-3/
Games and gimmicks in your town worksheet / 96-9/
Rate yourself as a couponer and/or refunder worksheet /104-6/ For old style, mail-in refunds with proofs of purchase.
How great is your impulse to impulse buy? /141-2/
P-O-P (point of purchase) worksheet /156-7/ in store advertising
Store layouts /1962-4/
Assessing your use of convenience foods /239-242/
Calendaring store promotions worksheet /249/
Scheduled buying worksheet / 251-2/
Categorizes shopping worksheet /255-256/
Inventory your cupboards worksheet /261-4/
Assessing your needs worksheet /267/
Bulk buying: comparing prices worksheet / 276/
Room for a pantry shelf search – space inventory worksheet /282-3/
Your new shopping profile worksheet /292-6/
Yes, I recommend this book, if you can get it from your local library or perhaps at a thrift shop. The worksheets can make you aware of different ways to shop, how you shop now, and methods to use your new knowledge to cut your grocery bill. I find it a useful tool and periodically go through the quizzes and worksheets again, partly to see how my answers have changed (I use pencil.) but also to remind myself that what I do isn’t cast in concrete and I should be more mindful of the automatic decisions I make.