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Extreme Couponing Tip: How to Save on Dairy
Sales: Consider shopping at the store(s) that has the cheapest price on milk or eggs– savings can really add up! Also check out local convenience and drugstores, where milk & eggs can be lower prices than other stores (meant to get you in their doors and buy other items at retail price).
Coupons: Dairy coupons do happen, most often on yogurt and cheese, though ones for butter, milk & eggs do come around every so often. Keep a look out for Catalina promos that offer a free gallon of milk with the purchase of cereals or cookies. Look for peelies on shredded and sliced cheeses (often for new flavors/ blends) or cereal boxes for discounts on milk.
Mark-downs: When dairy products near an expiration date, retailers often mark them down by 50%. Look for stickers on the individual products– they will usually be the front ones on the shelf. Marking down of products usually occurs in the evening or early hours at grocery stores, so you have a greater chance of finding them if you’re a late night or early morning shopper. Ask your local store when mark-downs happen and plan to be there soon after.
Powder power: Try out powdered milk for baking & cooking (and drinking/cereal if you don’t mind the difference). It’s also a good idea to have some in your stockpile in case of emergencies.
Freeze it: When there’s a krazy price on milk, cheese, butter, or yogurt, consider stocking up and freezing the extras. Yogurt cups and sealed packages of butter & cheese can go straight into the freezer. For milk, you’ll want to take out a few inches before freezing to leave room for expansion.
Get creative: Try making your own cheese, butter, or yogurt! These are fun to do if you have the time or willing helpers.
Don’t sweat it: While many dairy products occasionally have coupons, remember that these items are something that you won’t likely get for 90% off like deodorant or toothpaste. It’s okay to spend money on produce, meats, and protein! When we save in other areas (like at the drugstore), this brings our overall bill down. Aim to save 50%-90% on your total bill, which includes food & non-food items.