Get Around Limits at the Grocery Store

Is there a way to get around limits when it comes to sale items at the grocery store? I think there is.

If you read buy the limit, you know that I said there are times when you should pick up the limit on sale items.

Now I'm going to discuss buying more than the limit. But, only if you want to. You don't have to in order to save money on groceries.

There are ways to skirt the idea of limits, and wind up with substantial savings.

Here is an example. Every year one or more of the stores around here (and elsewhere I suppose) sell turkeys for $5 to $8 a piece, depending on the size. That's about 50 cents a pound for a bird that someone raised, dressed, packaged up and froze for you.

Are you aware that you can buy a young turkey, just hatched, for about $5? This same bird you'll have to feed to bring it to butcher size, then you have to dress it. It's a lot of work, so $5 for a bird that's ready to consume seems like a really good price to me.

Anyway, the stores usually ask that you limit your purchases to 2 per customer or family. How do you get around limits like this? You can always go to another store and make the identical purchase because the chains will have the same product on sale at the same time in the same general area.

Again, check the fine print. Sometimes it's limited to one store, and sometimes it's all stores except one in particular.

Another approach is to have someone else go in and buy a turkey or two for you. Also, you can come back at another time or another day to the same store and make additional purchases at the sale price.

Yes, it's contrary to store policy, but you're not stealing the product. You're paying for it, and you're paying what they asked you to pay. The sale is designed to induce you to enter the store and buy their product, and that's just what you are doing - repeatedly.

If they didn't want to sell you (or someone else) the product at that price, they wouldn't offer it. And, if they really wanted to enforce the purchase limit, they would find a way to do that too. Nevertheless, if your conscience gets the better of you, go ask the store manager for an exception to the limit on the sale price, and I'll bet you the manager will give you the nod.

Remember, you're there to save money on groceries, so don't be afraid to ask for something that is in your best interest. Ask to get around limits if you care to, or use whatever approach you're comfortable with.

It's in the best interest of the store to keep you as a customer, so don't be shy about reminding them of that either. Get in their face and get your turkeys!

You can also go to competing stores to get a similar bargain. You might have noticed that when one grocery store has grapes on sale, the others often do too. Same thing with turkeys. Take a look through the weekly grocery ads, and you might see that a quick spin around town can net you a good freezer load of gobblers at rock bottom prices.

Also, you might get one store to honor another store's coupon. It doesn't hurt to ask.

Any way you work it, if you get around limits, you can save money on groceries - big time!

Done with Get Around Limits, back to Frugal Shopping

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