Sunday, February 26, 2012

Temporary Price Reduction

Welcome to Wheaton Wise, this is Mary S., in addition to being a Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator, I am an avid bargain shopper of food and plan to share money saving tips on this site. I have been with Wheaton for 24 years where I continue to learn and share my nutrition knowledge with individual clients, community speaking engagements, support groups and now this blog.
The blog will allow me to feature topics others have asked about or I have learned while researching a presentation or specific client issue. It will also be a great way to share deals, food reviews, cooking gadgets, recipes and address the latest nutrition controversy. The cost of eating healthy is a big concern.
Temporary price reductions are unadvertised sales that occur in some area grocery stores to sell products that are close to their expiration date. Many of these items you could eat in the next few days and there would be no safety or quality issues. Deals will be needed to keep buying healthy fuel for our bodies while faced with more money being spent on fuel for our vehicles. You will see a biking for food plan in later posts.
This week all of my coworkers in Cardiac Rehab were excited about the $1.00 Chobani Greek Yogurt at Fareway. I believe this had ranged from 1.22 to 1.49 in area stores. I am a fan of many brand names of Greek Yogurt as it is a healthy food you can eat in limited time. This is a food that can provide a great source of protein, calcium, potassium and probiotics. Many people like the texture and taste. Like all foods some brands and flavors are preferred over others.

One word of caution, Sometimes these deals are disappointing in the produce aisle. I recently bought the California Mandarins or “cuties’ on a clearance sale for $4.99 but turns out they tasted like lemons. The store did refund my money so remember you can return produce, just keep your receipt. I would recommend calling first to confirm the stores return policy and timeframe on produce rejects before driving it back. In this case, I didn’t have to rush back to the store with the rotten product just a receipt and a note on who I talked to about the issue. We wouldn’t be "Wheaton Wise” if we spend $4.00 in gas to save $4.99 so I waited until my next trip to get the refund.
To find just reduced deals consider adding a 10 minute stroll around a conveniently located store once or twice a week as a way to get a little more activity on cold, snowy or rainy nights. Skip the chip and cookie aisles. Staying in the outer grocery aisles is a smart strategy for finding fresh and healthy food. Foods like dairy, meats, fresh produce can be temporarily price reduced before they reach their sell by date. I have stumbled across 24 oz. cottage cheese for 50 cents and if this happens again I will be sure to post so check back often for deals! If you find deals be sure add your comments.


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