How I Save Money on Groceries with Manager Markdowns:
I go grocery shopping with my list and coupons, but I add one more step to my trip to ensure maximum grocery savings: I look through the manager markdowns. Every.Single.Time. Even those times when I just need milk and eggs.
You never know what you will find in manager markdowns, so I reserve 10 percent of my grocery budget for taking advantage of items that have been reduced for quick sale.
Reduced for Quick Sale items are not only edible, but could improve your diet by allowing you to buy organic items that are normally too expensive for your budget. The items pictured above have a “sell by date” of October 10 which is 2 days from now. The produce manager and meat manager in my store are aggressively pricing items to ensure that these items are sold before their “sell by date”. When you buy manager markdowns you do have to revise your menu to include them or freeze the items immediately and use them later. I will be making creamed spinach and serving it on toast with cheese for lunch today. And the pork went in the freezer for later use.
A sale on something you don’t need or won’t use is never a good deal! Don’t just look at the price; ask yourself whether your family will eat or use the item that has been marked down. Be honest. You may want your family to eat organic spinach, but if you know they won’t, then don’t buy the spinach and look for deals on produce they will eat.
To save money on quick sale items, you need to know where to look. Stores usually have markdowns in 3 different locations. In the produce section, in the meat section, and in a grocery cart or shelf near the back of the store. A few stores leave their markdowns in their original location rather than grouping them together, but most will create a markdown area. On your next grocery shopping trip, make a point of looking for the “reduced for quick sale”, “manager markdown” or “discontinued item” sections of your store. If necessary ask the department managers where to find the markdowns. They would much rather sell the items than have to discard them.
Make a habit of checking for manager markdowns. Once you find where your store places their quick sale items, you need to make a habit of visiting those locations in your store! Add “manager markdowns” to your shopping list 3 times. Write it after your produce items, after your packaged items, and after your meat items. You don’t group your grocery lists by categories? Then put MANAGER MARKDOWNS in big letters across the top of your list, so you don’t forget to look for the unadvertised sales.
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Do you buy “reduced for quick sale” items? If so, what is your best find?