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10 Painless Ways to Save Money


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Stock the Cabinets
A membership at a warehouse club can pay off if you use it to stock up on nonperishables that you'll actually use. (As we learned from "Lost," no one needs five gallons of ranch dressing.)
A membership at a warehouse club can pay off if you use it to stock up on nonperishables that you'll actually use. (As we learned from "Lost," no one needs five gallons of ranch dressing.)
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You use a reward card at checkout and redeem an occasional coupon, but don't have the time to scan grocery store circulars or the rash of frugalista Web sites devoted to good deals. Does this mean slashing grocery costs are out of the question? Fortunately, no. There are still many ways to save on household goods.

In most cases, you can save money by purchasing paper and nonperishable items in bulk at a warehouse club or on sale at your regular grocer. The items won't expire before you can use them and can be stored at home until you need them [source: Hamm]. Reserve items that are perishable, like fruit, and of which you'll only need a small amount, like pickles, for buying as you need them.

Most stores publish items' price per ounce or unit on shelf tags so that shoppers can make a quick comparison between brands and sizes, so check a few tags before tossing things in your cart. In addition, be sure to take generic or store brand items into consideration. According to Consumer Reports, buying store brands instead of name brands at the grocery store can save an average of 30 percent [source: Consumer Reports. In many cases, the quality is equal to that of higher-priced name-brand items.