Money Matters

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We're all looking to save money on our grocery bill in these tough economic times.
here are few tips from the folks at consumer on getting the most for your money.

1. Compare unit prices. Sounds simple but not many people do it. many times the price per pound, ounce, quart or other measure is on the shelf price tag.

2. Eye end caps. Many people assume products at the end of an aisle are on sale which is why those displays can boost sales by a third. However ... many times end cap items are not on sale and in fact may cost more.

3. Avoid checkout temptations. Here again is another place the marketing people have their way with you. they know you're bored waiting there.
But often those items are not a bargain.

4. Go deep. Retailers regularly rotate stock to put the oldest product on the front of the shelf. To get the longest shelf life burrow to the rear of the shelf, fridge or freezer.

5. Watch for sneaky signs. Many sales tempt you to buy more than one bag or box. But rarely are you required to buy more than one item to get the sale price.

6. Check the receipt. In a consumer reports 2008 survey 6% of respondents said they were overcharged at the register. Some stores will give you the item free if it scans the wrong price.

All of these are common sense ideas some of which you may already be doing. The key is to make the effort. You'll be surprised how much you can save.

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