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MDraine wrote:Thank you, everyone! The actual grocery menus and plans are very helpful, since I can't seem to make every theoretical concept I know work in practice.
For example, buying in bulk--the bulk section is not much cheaper than the in-store section, and I can usually find better deals for packaged foods with sales. Hmmm! In terms of buying many items at one time, this would be a fantastic idea. It definitely sometimes pays to buy a 20 lb. bag of rice instead of several smaller packages.
Unfortunately the prices here seem a bit higher than most of the items listed, but I will do my best to find discounts and better deals. Maybe looking into couponing will help me, although I realize most of my items aren't packaged.
The most difficult thing for me is buying cheap fruits and vegetables. These seem to be extremely expensive year round, even frozen fruits and vegetables. Additionally, it seems as though bulk bags of frozen vegetables (especially if they are organic) are not very common in the stores I frequent?
Would it be reasonable to list some grocery items here and the prices I can find for them, to see if someone might help me refine my grocery list? Thank you so much, everyone! This is really helping me understand budgeting issues.