If you haven’t taken coupons to the supermarket lately, you’re not alone. According to ShopSmart Magazine, 28 percent of shoppers say they can’t be bothered with coupons, while only 15 percent say they’re a necessary evil. But even if coupons are not your thing, there are other ways you can take a bite out of your grocery bill.
“You don’t need coupons to save big,” says Lisa Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “You just have to know the secret saving strategies and be consistent about using them.”
Some of these strategies:
Look for the bags: You can save as much as 36 percent buying produce like apples, oranges or onions by the bag instead of individually.
Buy fresh from the deli: Some brands of meat sliced to order can be up to 18 percent cheaper and some cheeses may cost 30 percent less than the prepackaged deli meat and cheese in the refrigerator case.
Check out the dollar store: “It’s not just weirdo brands,” said Freeman. More dollar stores now stock up on brand names you’ll recognize. They’re even stocking fresh staples and beating the prices at chain grocery stores often by more than a dollar.
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Once you experience the savings these strategies can bring, Freeman said, you may never shop the same.
First published July 30 2014, 2:11 PM
Rehema Ellis joined NBC News in 1994 as a general assignment correspondent. In 2010 she was named education correspondent and was an integral part of NBCâ€™s first annual Education Nation summit that focused on the strengths and weaknesses of Americaâ€™s education system.
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Her reports appear on "Nightly News with Brian Williams," "TODAY," and MSNBC. Ellis was part of the NBC Emmy award-winning coverage of the plane crash in the Hudson River called, Miracle on the Hudson. She also won an Emmy for her reporting on the 2008 Presidential Election of Barack Obama and his historic inauguration.
Ellis has been part of other headliner stories including the attacks on the World Trade Center. She was the first person to identify the attack on the air as â€œNine-Eleven." Sheâ€™s reported on Hurricane Katrina, the death of Michael of Jackson and the Haiti earthquake.
As a correspondent for NBC, Ellis traveled to Zaire to report on the mass killings that left an estimated one million people dead in Rwanda. A few years later she spent a month in Greece covering the summer Olympics.
Ellis began her broadcast career at KDKA Radio and TV in Pittsburgh. Later, she worked in Boston at WHDH-TV as a reporter and weekend anchor.
She has distinguished herself as a lead correspondent and received numerous awards including local and national Emmys, Edward R. Murrow Awards, Associated Press awards and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists. She's also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Journalism.
Born in North Carolina, and raised in Boston, she graduated from Simmons College in Boston and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
Ellis currently lives in New York City with her young son.