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Avoiding costly trips to the store

Dear Editor:

For many years, in fact for more than 10 years, I’ve worked with couples and families on how to get the most out of your food budget. Today this is more important than ever with the price of gas and the increasing cost of grocery items.

Have the entire family involved. Hey parents, you are in charge of your kids. Do not tell me the following will not work ” it will work.

Turn off all of the TVs, cell phones, computers, etc. May God forgive me for saying such a thing.

1. Plan your weekly meals with your kids, of course, that is if you have kids.

I’ve heard many times “we just do not have the time to plan our meals, we are just too busy”; however they always have the time to make a fast trip to the store to pick up some items. A total waste of time and gas.

2. Know where you are going to shop. I mean learn how the grocery store is laid out, what item are where. The more time you spend in the store, the more you will spend.

3. Organize your grocery list based upon how the store is laid out.

4. Never go grocery shopping hungry. Eat before you go.

5. Do not leave the grocery shopping experience up to the lady of the home. Take a family member with you.

6. Establish a food budget. I take a calculator with me (my cell phone has one), and I add as I shop. I’ll ask a store clerk to do a price check if I do not see the price.

Here are some true facts. The average product in a grocery store will travel more than 1,400 miles before it is placed on the shelf. The items that bring in the most profit will be placed where they are easy to see and reach. Look around for better buys.

Grocery stores will move items from one location to another so that you will spend more time shopping and spend more.

These are just some very basic points. There is a lot more to learn. What I do, I do for free. It is not about making money, it is all about helping others to enjoy a better life.

Harry Temple


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