Most people head to the supermarket on the weekends, but you can save serious money at the checkout if you do your grocery shopping in the middle of the week, or later in the evening if your supermarket is open late. Discounted bakery items and stock rotation days are a frugal food shopper's best friends.
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Of course, the key is to find out when your favourite store restocks the shelves. Sure, you may want first crack at the best produce, but if you hit the store before, not after, a lot of the older stuff will be on sale because it's about to rotate out. You may find great deals on prepared items, produce, and even meat or fish. Similarly, shopping at off-hours, like first thing in the morning or late in the evening can offer discounts:
In the evenings, "you may be able to save on bakery items that aren't fresh," Harders says. "These items will not likely be sold by the store and will be thrown away or perhaps donated to a local food shelter. If I feel an Italian bread loaf and it is pretty hard, I will ask for a steep discount — 50 to 75 per cent off — and then use it for a soggy bread sandwich like Italian Beef or French toast."
And if you show up in the morning, many stores have newly discounted or marked-down items in the produce and meat departments, particularly food that's expiring that day, Harders says.
The weekends may be the only time most of us actually have to do our grocery shopping, so it makes sense to wait until we can actually get it done instead of chasing bargains that may not materialise. The link below is oriented to an American audience, but it has a few interesting tips on how you could save money on groceries.
5 Secrets of Frugal Grocery Shoppers [US News Money]