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Tips to help you be a smart shopper at the grocery store

Keoni Chang Keoni Chang

By Stephanie Lum - bio | email

KAPAHULU (KHNL) - It pays to be smart when shopping at the grocery store, but making sure you're really getting a good deal can be tough. That's where Foodland's Executive Chef Keoni Chang comes in. He's in charge of creating all of the meals offered at the store's deli and like any business he has a budget to work with. Chang says a few simple tips can lead to big savings.

There are so many things to look at at the grocery store, it's hard to stay focused!

The first step to being a smart shopper; plan your meals using the store ad as a guide.

"Make sure you don't come in empty handed, come in with the ad," said Chang. That prevents you from buying things that aren't on sale.

Tip number two: Be flexible.

"For example, if you like a certain apple, but it's not on sale, you should be flexible and buy the fruit that's on sale," Chang said.

Tip number three: Determine what your time is worth.

Buying pre-packaged salad, for example, may save you money versus buying a head of lettuce that you might end up throwing away because you can't use it all.

"It may be more cost effective for you to cut your own fruits and vegetables instead of buying packaged salads, however, if you're a larger family and you're feeding six people, it probably makes sense to go ahead and get a head of lettuce," said Chang.

Tip number four: Buy a main ingredient you can use to create other meals throughout the week.

For example, with a single chicken, he says you can make chicken salad, chicken soup and a chicken sandwich.

Tip number five: Look at the cost per unit price.

Say you find two different kinds of bacon and both are on sale for the same price. Which one's the better buy? You may need a calculator to figure it out.

"To find out, you take the total net weight of the product and divide that by the unit price," explained Chang.

And finally, tip number six: Determine the cost of eating out versus making the meal yourself.

Chang did his homework and found that buying a $6.00 sandwich at a restaurant costs a lot more than the $2.00 or $3.00 you'd spend making your own sandwich.

Some of these tips may seem like common sense, but Chang says they're quite easy to forget and when that happens, you end up spending more than you wanted to at the grocery store.

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