News 12 This Morning, February 25, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Filling up your refrigerator is getting harder and harder these days. And, when you have to buy food for more than 100 kids, you have to find ways to save.
"I get milk maybe twice a week and I do like ground beef. It all depends on what's on my menu for this week," Mary Campbell said.
Mary Campbell is the cook at Appletree Academy Childcare in Augusta. She makes breakfast, lunch, and a snack every day for the kids.
"I'm always looking for a bargain. I use my bonus card and usually BI-LO will send me coupons in the mail, so I use that," Campbell said.
Mary is a pro at pushing two carts through the grocery store. She buys 17 gallons of milk, 17 loaves of bread, and 10 packages of sandwich meat. It all adds up to $181. That's why Appletree encourages her to buy the store brand, use a bonus card, and buy in bulk, so they can use the extra money on cleaning supplies, utility bills, and extra toys for the classrooms.
At a time when people are scrambling to hold on to their job and their money, grocery stores are trying to help you save.
Grocery stores are even making displays to show you how much money you can save. One shopping cart is filled with national brands and the other is filled with the store brands; the difference $48.19.
"I feel like we're seeing a lot more coupons as you mentioned; consumers using a lot more of them. In this economy now, people are a lot more price cautious," BI-LO Store Director, Keith Sizemore said.
BI-LO says if you buy the store brand, you can save up to 30%. And some of the products are made locally. Like snack crackers made in Columbus, Georgia, flour and cornmeal made in Rome, Georgia, smoked sausage from Savannah, and fresh poultry from South Georgia.
Because these are local products, it cuts down on transportation cost, which is why shoppers like Mary get to pay less.