I'm sure you've noticed those stickers (they're most often bright red) on the packages of some of the foods you see in the supermarket. They usually mean an item is nearing its expiration date and the market wants to clear it off the shelves before it goes bad. It's on sale at a substantial savings and may be a hard bargain resist. But are they always a good deal? Let's check it out. These foods may also be called "manager's specials." They're often perishable items that are close to their "sell-by" date or may also be an item that's about to be discontinued. Yes, they can be a bargain but it helps to know how to shop for them.
Some stores put their special savings markdowns near the back of the store.
First, you should know where to look. Some stores put their special savings markdowns near the back of the store. Others place them at the end of an aisle or sometimes on a bottom shelf. To help you notice these deals is why the reduced for quick sale signs are usually bright red or orange. The store doesn't want you to miss them.
If you have a good relationship with your store, or even if you don't, ask a helpful store manager or the manager of a particular department what time of day markdowns happen and the best places to find them. That way, you'll always know where to look for those special deals.
In the dairy foods section, be sure to check marked-down items for the sell-by date. Keep in mind that the use-by date (very important for the life of your food once you get it home) is usually several days later. That means it will be safe for you and your family to eat for longer than the sell-by date. There is a difference.
Foods like day-old breads and discontinued items tend to be on a special rack near the dairy aisle. (Ever notice that?)
Check weekly supermarket sales papers and you're likely to always find the fresh meats you need on sale at a good price.
Here's an important point about meats. While a store will guarantee the meat, if it has "turned" even just slightly, you might not realize it until your entire dinner is cooked. It could end up ruining all of the other ingredients you may have prepared with that meat. Me? I'd shy away from meats reduced for quick sale, it's just not worth the risk. The good news is that most meats you can always find on sale...fresh, and I'd recommend buying them that way. Just check weekly supermarket sales papers and you're likely to always find the fresh meats you need on sale at a good price.
Clip those store coupons, shoppers. Scour newspaper sales papers or look for coupons online and you can still end up saving money. Buy reduced for quick sale items only when you need that food and you plan to use it right away, Because if you buy the food, it spoils a meal or you never even use it then, let's face it, you really haven't saved very much at all!