Gen X mom Sarah Krause: Money Savvy Moms

01/21/2013 08:34:00 AM
Sarah Krause

While every mom has her own reason for shopping a favorite grocery store – low prices, discount cards, reward programs, double coupons, selection, etc. – each seeks out good deals on pantry staples, such as flour, sugar, canned foods, cereal, spaghetti sauce or salad dressing.

Other ways to save?

Besides seeking out sales, moms like Jennifer and Chris buy the cheaper store brand when possible. Jennifer also avoids buying off the ends of the aisles “because those are usually impulse buys and not the cheapest either.” Shannon R., a mom to four kids, often shops at Costco “for bulk deals and fresh produce, which I find is quite a bit cheaper there.” Her other piece of advice: “I find that shopping only once a week really saves money by cutting down on impulse purchases, and I don't shop with the kids, as they always want to add in extra items!”

A few other mom-friendly tips: shop at stores that price match, use a store’s reward program or promotion, look for online deals or coupons and shop at discount stores, like Aldi.

Busy mom, Shannon, summed it up, “I think it is important to save wherever you can!” When all else fails, take the tactic of my mom friend, Courtney: “We just eat out a lot!”


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