It pays to focus your frugality on your biggest expenses. For most of us, that includes groceries. Some stores have better prices on certain items, but it can be a waste of time to hop from one store to another. Instead, pick the store with the best deals on food staples, then stick to it.
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Over at US News & World Report, money writer Trent Hamm suggests:
...keep track of those staples you regularly shop for at your usual store. What items show up on your grocery list or your cart week after week, or at least once a month with high regularity? Milk? Eggs? [Oats]? Apples? Cheese? Don't worry too much about the more unusual items you buy. If you don't buy an item more than once every couple of months, don't include it on this list.
Hamm goes into detail about how to compare prices, but chances are, you already have an idea of which stores have the best prices on these items. Stick to that store for your shopping, and you'll save money on your groceries without wasting your time. For Hamm's full, detailed strategy, head to the link below.
How to Choose the Most Cost-Effective Grocery Store [U.S. News & World Report]