September 25, 2011

September 25, 2011

Save a Buck

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are on the run this weekend trying to get things accomplished quickly.

Now in the economy everyone is trying to save money. It does not matter what your HIV status is with the way the world is. We all need to start every dollar as far as we can. In the blog yesterday, I gave you a few hints on how to get some things for free.

But what about the stuff we use every day like food? Is it possible to also save on groceries? Well most people know about the sales at their groceries stores including BOGO (Buy One Get One Free). Also most people know about the coupons you can clip out of the newspapers either during the week in some cities and on Sundays in almost all the papers.

But what about other ways to save money on food in the technology advanced world we live in today? Don't clip coupons, click them. Websites and scanners provide new ways to find savings.

Fed up with the cost of feeding your family? Turn to technology to slash your grocery bills, suggests ShopSmart, the sister publication of Consumer Reports.

Phone apps. An Android app, Grocery Smarts Lite, tracks prices for the latest store circulars of Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS. Grocery iQ, for Android or iPhones, highlights real-time discounts for items on your shopping list.

Scanning for savings. "Quick response" codes are those square-shaped barcodes found on some packages or store displays. Scanning the codes into an app-loaded smartphone can give you on-the-spot savings.

Some chains, including Stop & Shop, put handheld scanners in the aisles to let customers scan and bag themselves as they shop and get discounts. Others, including Costco and CVS, have kiosks where discount offers are loaded onto your membership or loyalty card; savings are applied at checkout when you pay for the products.

Social networks. Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare are increasingly the spots where grocers post coupons and specials.

Coupon websites. They're nothing new, but consider their potential payback. At any time, sites such as and have up to 100 click-and-print coupons, compared with only about 30 in newspaper circulars. Check manufacturer and grocery chain websites for additional offers.

Hope these helpful tips help you stretch your food dollars.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab