Beyond my coupon cutting strategies and my recent foray into the world of buying coupons from eBay, I rely on the World Wide Web to help me find good food on the cheap.
For the past six months or so, a couple of my email subscriptions has been to my favorite grocery stores so I am alerted via email what their weekly specials are. Looking at the PDFs of weekly ads over my lunch break is more convenient for me than tracking down a newspaper or waiting until Wednesday’s shopper delivery to figure out what’s on sale where.
And although I do try to shop comparatively – going to Cub Foods for some things, Hyvee for others, Target on rare occasions and Aldi’s or Walmart for cheap staples, I find that I’m rather partial to Hyvee. It’s employee-owned and that’s attractive. Plus the people at my local Hyvees (we have three) are some of the friendliest folks you’ll ever encounter.
Another factor in Hyvee’s favor is that they really seem to understand that most families are strapped for cash and when it comes to buying food, that’s one of the first places we’ll try to save some pennies. I recently received an email from Hyvee advertising 30 recipes to feed your family for $3 per serving or less.
Although some of the recipes are almost insultingly easy (take a frozen bag of this! A frozen bag of that! Mix!) and some of them have no nutritional value whatsoever (see Strawberry-Banana Waffles to see what I’m talking about), I do appreciate that grocery stores aren’t taking their roles in the American family for granted. If I didn’t know how to cook and was looking for easy ways to stretch my grocery money, I could see where this is a great tool for people to use.
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