Weatherford Democrat

Lifestyles

January 24, 2008

Reader’s smart shopping paving way to secure future

Stephanie Nelson, Syndicated Columnist

Over the years I have enjoyed hearing from one of this column’s many regular readers, Oren Spiegler of Upper St. Clair, Pa. He’s one of the many of you who updates me with the latest news of local grocery-store policy changes and developments, which I check into and report back to all of you here.

He also knows the tricks when it comes to combining his stores’ savings programs with coupons to stretch his grocery budget. So it’s no surprise that his savings prowess was part of a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “Clipping Coupons is Just the Start.”

I’m dedicating this column to some of Oren’s techniques that will help all of us save more money in 2008.

Smart grocery shopping is only the beginning of Oren’s financial strategies. The Journal article references his grocery savings, but only as an example of Oren’s overall savings strategy. Once you learn how easy it is to pay less for the same groceries others buy at full price, why wouldn’t you take that same approach with any purchase? As Oren has learned, that approach can save thousands of dollars over time, which may lead to true financial freedom.

When there is a bargain at his grocery store, Oren stocks up on as much of it as he can afford. This way, he doesn’t end up paying full price for any of his favorite items in the future. Combining coupons with the low sale prices can bring prices down to only pennies per item. One example cited in the Journal piece: Oren purchased 44 bags of frozen vegetables for 17 cents per package after using coupons. When his store’s house-brand items hit rock-bottom prices, he stocks up on those as well, such as paying only 67 cents for his store’s two-liter brand of soda. Overall, Oren spends only $40 per week on groceries for himself and his wife to eat well. The basement of their house is stocked floor-to-ceiling with staples and non-perishable items bought on the cheap.

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