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Save more than you spend: Do’s and don’ts to get more for less money

Here are some tips that will save you money on your grocery bill.


Don’t only buy fresh produce.  Strictly buying fresh produce can put a lot of pressure on you to use food quickly and if you don’t use it and it goes bad, can lead to wasted foods.  DO also buy frozen and canned fruits and vegetables so you have a variety of shelf-stable or less perishable items.   


Don’t only shop the perimeter of the store.  While there are lots of great foods and beverages on the perimeter of the store, that tired old cliché may mean you’ll miss out on shelf stable (non or less perishable) items like beans, canned and frozen vegetables and fruits, oils, spices, herbs and whole grains like oatmeal, brown rice, bulgur wheat.  DO: Shop the whole store and look for good deals that fit your meals.


Don’t be fooled by front of package marketing.  Colorful packaging and labels are there to attract your attention: DO:  Turn the package around/over and look at the nutrition facts panel and the ingredient for the real story of what’s in that package.


Don’t only look at the price.  The price of the item on the shelf is just part of the story. DO: Make sure you check the unit price on the shelf tag which will tell you the price per ounce so you won’t be fooled by packaging.


Don’t only be loyal to name brands.  DO check out Laura Lynn products (our store brand) and Harvest Farm products (the Ingles Markets exclusive organic and natural brand)  and compare them in price and ingredients so you can save money without sacrificing taste or quality.


Ingles Markets specific tips:

  • Don’t forget about checking the sales circular.  
  • DO:  Sign up for Advantage Mail and get a weekly e-mail with deals tailored just for you ( or check the on-line ads or pick up a copy of the circular in the store. 
  • Don’t forget your Ingles Advantage card. 
  • DO: Put it on your key ring or save it to your phone (you can even take a photo of it) so you don’t miss out on Advantage savings.


Leah McGrath is the corporate dietitian for Ingles Markets. Follow her on twitter at @InglesDietitian.