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Just 10 Things to Help You Save on Dairy Items Part 1

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Saving money on dairy items such as milk, cheese, butter and eggs isn't always an easy task but it can be done.

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Milk


Coupons - Watch for coupons from dairies such as Borden's & Oak Farms. However, many times, a local dairy may be cheaper especially if the grocery store chain has it's own dairy like in the case of Kroger. If you drink organic milk or a milk substitute, you will definitely want to keep your eye out for coupons from Horizon, Silk, Almond Breeze & Simple Truth, to name a few. These products are often much higher priced than regular white milk. Sometimes these companies offer printables at their websites as well as newspaper coupons & blinkies.
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2 Special Promotions - Many stores have special promotions especially in time for Back to School shopping. Some stores may offer free gallons or half gallons if you purchase X amount of milk in a certain time frame but more popular, at least in my neck of the woods, is milk & cereal promotions. This is when you purchase so many boxes of specific cereals, cereal bars, breakfast bars or granola bars and receive a free gallon of milk. So start saving those coupons for cereal and the like to sweeten the deal.
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3  Ask About Markdowns - Make sure you check with the guys in the refrigerated dairy section about when they mark down overstock milk. Most stores only have so much room to stock milk and other dairy items so to make room for new items, they have to get rid of the older ones before they go bad. My Kroger has such close quarter in the back for milk that they do markdown on all dairy items every Tuesday ( the day before the new sale starts) and Thursday (the day before the big weekend rush starts) after 11am. I know that if I shop around noonish on either of those days, I can get a great deal on markdown milk and many times the expiration date is still weeks away!
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4 Freeze It - Find a good deal on milk? Freeze it! Yes, you can freeze milk. You will need to put it in another container because it will expand during the freezing process which can lead to big mess.
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5 Drug Stores - Consider buying milk at the drug stores. Often drug stores stock milk but they cannot turn it over as easily as a grocery store so sometimes their milk is actually cheaper than the grocery store.
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Eggs


Every 6-8 weeks & Always around Easter - Sale prices on eggs can rotate around every 6-8 weeks but are also seasonal as well around Easter time. Look for coupons from the Incredible Edible Egg website in April. Even some drug stores stock up eggs for $1 a dozen around Easter.
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7 Oil 'Em Up - When you do find eggs at a great deal, don't be afraid of stocking up. There is a way to save your eggs for several months if you know the trick to keeping air out of the shell. Air gets into the porous shell of an egg to make it go bad. But if you take a dab of mineral oil and coat the entire shell with it, you can preserve your eggs for 8-10 months unrefrigerated if kept in a cool dry place.
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Sour Cream/Sour Cream Dips


8 Watch Store Brand Sales Rotation - If your store has its own brand of sour cream, watch for a pattern or cycle when the price drops to it's lowest. At Kroger, it's usually a dollar for the medium size container. However during the high side of the cycle, it can be $1.59. So when the price drops to a buck, that's when you buy. You try to buy enough to get you through to the next low cycle.
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9 Watch for Mark Downs - Like milk, when sour cream doesn't move as fast as the store thinks it will and ends up with overstock, these too will go on some sort of mark down. I have found some great mark downs on sour cream based dips at HEB and on manager's special at Kroger. Since I know that Kroger marks down milk/dairy products on Tuesdays and Thursday, I can often score a some sort of container for under a dollar. Watch for really great deals for sour cream dips right after new year's.
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10 Keep your eyes out for coupons - Kroger often offers store brand sour cream coupons for about $0.40/1 to its loyal customers. Kroger also tracks its customer's purchases through its store card use. So if you buy a lot of sour cream, you may be sent a coupon for Kroger brand sour cream. Dairy Sour Cream has issued a couple of coupons this year in the Sunday newspaper. Helluva Good Dip offers a $0.75/1 coupon several times each year. These dips are often participating items in Kroger Mega Sales and are under $2 at most Wal-Mart stores.
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Stay Tuned for Part 2 when I discuss saving on Cheese, Cream Cheese, Butter,
Ice Cream & Yogurt!

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