4 Tips to save hundreds on groceries

October 18, 2011

She calls herself Thrifty Tiff and she can work some money-saving magic! She buys groceries for family of 6 buys, including diapers, on just $100 a week.

Tiffani Taff certainly knows how to stretch a dollar. She's a stay-at-home Mom of 4 children and her husband's in the military.

Tip 1: Keep a Price Book of at least the top 15 or 20 items you buy on a normal basis.

"Make a spread sheet and keep track of the store and date and the price it was," Taff suggests. "That way, the next time you are out shopping, you can look and see if it's on sale, (or) if it's on roll back at places."

Your price book will help you figure out if a so-called sale price really is a rock-bottom price and whether you should stock up or not.

"You will begin to notice your buying it at its cheapest price. Sales cycles are usually 6 weeks -- so if there is a cereal you purchase on sale, you know in 4 to 6 weeks it'll be on sale again."

Tip 2: Before you even go shopping, make a weekly meal plan and see what you already have at home.

Tip 3: Clip coupons and make sure your store takes double coupons and lets you stack store coupons with manufacturer coupons.

Tip 4: Don't buy more meat or more expensive meat than you need.

"You can ask them, even though it's already sealed up and packaged, you can still ask the butcher to unpackage it, prepare and slice it the way you want it."

Thrifty Tiff has many more tips on ways to save. In fact, she has her own blog, , where she posts daily deals, weekly store deals, and more.

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