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What is a Grocery Store Loss Leader? How Does it Save Money on Groceries?

When I got on out on my own in the big bad world, I quickly learned that things cost money.  Shocking, I know.  I wanted to learn how to save money and eagerly dove in to read what everyone considers the epic and all time frugal living and money saving guidebook The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (you can learn more about it here.) ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .)  Despite the preachy tone in the later chapters of the book (when you can tell she admitted to be burned out on writing her newsletter in the 90’s) and a few of the now outdated tips (floppy disks!) there are still some decent frugal hacks in her book that are useful today.  For example, Dacyczyn’s  (she pronounces it like Decision )  greatest money saving tip is how to save money on groceries by only buying the Loss Leaders.  Only problem is Dacyczyn doesn’t tell you what  a loss leader is and how to find them in the  store.   Save this money saving idea to your Pinterest boards f

About Me

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a foodie. I wasn't always this way. I grew up with most meals made from ingredients from a box or a can. When I ventured out on my own, I had to learn how to cook because if I relied on what I had learned in 8th grade Home Ec class I would be eating nothing but soupy quiche and Snickerdoodle cookies.

It was worth all of those trials and errors and still more errors. Now I cook most of my meals from scratch and they are delicious! And guess what? My health improved AND my food bill went down. I truly believe you can eat healthy on a budget.

So where does the lazy part come into play? Well, even though my husband and I like cooking from scratch we don't have a whole lot of time in the evenings to make 17 ingredient, 4 hour cooking time meals. I constantly rely on my household servants Mr. Breadmaker, Mrs. Slow Cooker, and sometimes in a pinch to defrost something Ms. Microwave.

I also am too lazy to jump in the car and drive to the store to buy a box mix that a recipe calls for so I make my own from scratch. It's not that hard if you have a couple of good cookbooks at your disposal.

I also write a green home improvement blog Condo Blues. There I discuss green living, money saving tips, decorating, home improvement, and crafts.

Joining my one this journey are my Husband and my one eyed rescue Pekingese Blitzkrieg. He likes carrots. The dog I mean.Although I think my husband likes carrots too.

To contact Lisa about either blog, email me at condoblues [at] gmail [dot]com