Hi, I'm new here

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Registered: 04-03-2003
Hi, I'm new here
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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 1:14pm
Hello, I've been lurking a few weeks and thought it was high time I introduce myself. I don't get too much chance to post, but I have been reading this message board religiously.

My name is Debbi and I'm 38. DH, Paul, is 36. Have have two kids from my previous marriage DS, Matt, is 10 and DD, Tara, is 8. We also have one DS, Duncan, who just turned 20 months. I am still nursing, and saved lots of money his first year by never having to buy formula. :-) I found this board inadvertantly while going to a different ivillage board and it happened at a perfect time... I thought I wa about to lose my job, my company had massive layoffs the end of last month, and started reading for ways that we could cut costs.

We're taking little baby steps towards being frugal, and I know there are some things that with working full time, managing the house, DH, and the dog, I can never do, such as make my own laundry detergent. Plus, DH and I are both on weight watchers and there are a alot of food allergies with the kids. So, we have to be careful on what foods we buy, etc. But, that being said... With what I learned while I was lurking, I started putting some of it ito practice. We stopped going to the main grocery store we were religiously going to, while convenient, it is also the most expensive, and also started buying more at Sam's Club, more generic brands instead of name brands, and also very carefully reading grocery store circulars before going shopping and hititng more than one store to buy stuff with the best sales. Well, in the past 4 weeks that I've been doing this, I've cut our weekly grocery bill by close to 50 dollars!! I'm so proud of myself and I couldn't have done it without this board. So, thank you very much!!!

One question, though... How do you know what the loss leaders are in the store circulars? What makes a loss leader vs. a really good deal vs. just a so-so deal?

Thanks for your help!

Debbi

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 10-24-2003 - 1:36pm
Hi, welcome and congratulations on your grocery spending success! It is my experience that the loss leaders are the deals that are featured on the front (and sometimes the back) pages of the store circular. For example, a loss leader at my store recently (featured prominently on the front cover) was Arm & Hammer detergent 128oz, buy one get 2 free. This is way below what they normally put A&H on sale for (I think it came to less then $2 jug - awesome).

I fluctuate in my grocery spending, I cut way back for awhile and then everyone grumbles so I loosen things up a little, but then sometimes I get caught up and loosen up too much, so I reign it back in...vicious cycle, lol...I really need to work on finding and sticking with that middle ground.

Welcome, again, and glad to have you join us.

Mil



 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 10-24-2003 - 2:12pm
Welcome to the group!! This is a great place for inspiration and ideas!

~Jodi

SAHM to Justin (7), Kyle (4) & Alicia (2)

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 10-24-2003 - 3:48pm
Welcome out of LurkLand, Debbi! Glad you're doing so well already!

I think as you get used to looking at the circulars, you'll start recognizing which are loss leaders - not like it really matters if it's a loss leader or a great deal from our standpoint, lol. But as you get used to the sale prices of things, you'll know a loss leader/great deal & jump on it.

Hope to see more of you here!

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Registered: 04-03-2003
Fri, 10-24-2003 - 4:41pm
Thanks for the warm welcome and information. I really appreciate it.

Debbi