Thursday, August 29, 2002
More Bang for Your Buck: Grocery Store Savings
Buying groceries is on the top of everyone's weekly to-do list. But there are ways to save at the check out counter.
(WSVN) Every one has to eat. But your grocery bill doesn't have to eat into your bank account.
The average family spends 5 hundred 21 dollars a month at the supermarket. So if you want super-savings, keep in mind coupons can take off fifteen percent...while discount cards can shrink that bill even more.
Victor Tavio, Winn-Dixie, says "Theres no fees or anything..you get your card immediately and start saving today."
Also, buy store brands.
This may sound obvious... but what isn't obvious is where these store brands are manufactured.
"We also have company brands that our manufactured by the same retailers that manufacture national brands and its the same product at a value for the customer."
Another value are the new supermarket clubs. They provide discounts to members based on lifestages or lifestyles such as senior clubs, pet clubs, or even baby clubs where parents get a cake with their new arrival.
Maria Rodmis, Publix, says "We send them valuable coupons that they can save off on in different stages during their pregnancy, then during the childs infancy and on to early 2 years old."
Now, if you really want convenience, try ordering your groceries online. The process is a bit risky because you can't see what you're buying.
But the payoff includes no more waiting in line and no more searching for parking spaces.
Danny Capatia, Manager, says "We are a convenience to the customer. We are the ones that go ahead and do the shopping for the customer and deliver it to their homes."
This warehouse for Publix sends out around 65 hundred orders a week.
The prices are identical to what's in the store... just the selection is smaller.
"We do not carry all the items that the store does but we run our sales the same time the store does."
The service can be expensive. You have to order at least fifty dollars worth of groceries and pay a $7.95 delivery fee.
Plus you have to pay attention to the delivery schedule.
"Right now, we don't have any qoute unattended deliveries. All our deliveries we need somebody at home."
For Hiromi Prinitz, that's a small price to pay.
This busy mother of three swares direct shopping has directly improved her life.
Hiromi Printz says, "At the end of the day it ends up being alot cheaper for me just in terms of time."
"The fact that they bring it right into my kitchen, I don't have to get in my car, its right here and I just unload everything."
Everything at your fingertips, if you don't mind someone else doing the shopping.