I love the shopping maxim, "If you find a pair of shoes you like, buy two."
The same idea can be tailored to food, especially during these times of escalating costs when everyone is looking to shave expenses:
"If you see food you buy all the time on sale, buy 10."
Three times this month I've followed that advice, bought food that keeps frozen or at room temperature and saved some money in the process.
First, on September 2, Whole Foods had a one-day sale on grass-fed ground beef, offering it for $5 per pound. I usually pay about $8 per pound (at Whole Foods or farmers' markets), so the 10 pounds I bought (and froze) saved me $30.
Whole Foods also always runs two-week sales of selected products, and there is a patterned rotation of organic and green items. Included in the last fortnight of sales were Smjör butter ($2.50 vs. $3.39) and Green & Black's 85% dark chocolate ($2.50 vs. $3.19 at Fairway). Considering these are two staples of my diet, the 10 of each I bought were not frivolous purchases and the $16 I saved was not frowned upon.
Does anyone else have any money-saving food shopping strategies?