What Not to Buy at Grocery Store
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What Not to Buy at Grocery Store
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COST PROHIBITIVE

Stuff is expensive. Cutting costs today means being an ultra savvy shopper. The days of stopping at one store and buying everything in one location are long gone. That often means hunting and pecking for the best deals and driving around town to the dollar stores and other retailers. We've put together a list of items you shouldn't buy at the grocery store and we show you where to get them.

Olive Oil
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Bottled Water
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BOTTLED WATER

Target offers a 24 pack of 16.9-ounce bottles of purified drinking water for the mere cost of $2.69. Kroger sells 24 packs of 8-ounce mini bottles for $2.99. With Target, you're getting twice the amount of water for 30 cents less, and reviewers give it five stars for taste. Not a bad deal.

Tuna
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Shampoo, Deodorant, Soaps
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SHAMPOO, DEODORANT, SOAPS

Head to Dollar Tree for your hair and toiletry needs, where 1.8-ounce Speed Stick Men's Regular deodorant is just $1. That same deodorant will run you $1.25 at Ralphs. A 15-ounce bottle of Comforts Baby Shampoo costs $2.99 at Ralphs. For only $1, you can get a 15-ounce bottle of Angel of Mine baby shampoo at Dollar Tree. At Dollar Tree, a 2.6-ounce bar of Dove Moisturizing Soap costs a buck each (38 cents an ounce), but it will run you $3.49 for two 4-ounce bars of the same product at Ralphs (about 44 cents an ounce).

Cleaning Supplies
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CLEANING SUPPLIES

It's such a great feeling to have a clean house, but such a drag when the supplies cost almost as much as hiring a cleaning person. Don't let grocery store prices get you down. A three-pack of Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges will run you $3.99 at Ralphs, but at Target you can pick up a four pack of Scotch Brite Non Scratch sponges for $3.79. At Ralphs, a 64-ounce jug of Clorox Bleach runs $2.79 (4.3 cents an ounce), while at Target, 116 ounces of Splashless Clorox cost $3.97 (3.4 cents an ounce) giving an overall better price for quantity of product.

Storage Containers
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Wine Bottle Gift Bags
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Greeting Cards
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GREETING CARDS

At grocery stores, a Hallmark card will run you upward of $3 or $4, and that's just the starting price. Dollar Tree has hundreds of cards starting at 2 for $1. Now you can celebrate every moment with family and friends with exclusive greeting cards at the perfect price.

Party Supplies
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Paper Products
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PAPER PRODUCTS

Dixie brand 9-inch paper plates in a pretty designer pattern may seem like a great deal at $3.69 per 48 count but not when you realize that at Walmart you can purchase 140 count of heavy-duty 9-inch paper plates for $6.32. That's a difference of over 3 cents per plate, and it adds up.

Vitamins
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VITAMINS

You might not realize the savings you can reap on vitamins simply by purchasing them at a different store. A 100-count bottle of Kroger Vitamin D 1000 iu softgels is $8.99 on sale at the grocery store. A 180-count bottle of Trader Joe's Vitamin D 1000 iu softgels is only $4.99. That's almost double the amount at half the price. That's a 44 percent savings. Incidentally Trader Joe's has great deals on vitamins and supplements.

Toothpaste
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Batteries
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Socks
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SOCKS

Whether you lose one in the dryer or just wear through 'em, socks should be replaced once there's a hole or the elastic gets loose. Dollar Tree has a good selection of men's, women's, and children's socks. Men's size 10-13 low-cut athletic socks come in a three-count packs and cost $1. Hanes Men's Cushion Ankle Socks come in a 6-pack and cost $14.99 at Ralphs.

Spices
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SPICES

Spices are spices are spices. Roxanne Edwards of the Consumer Affairs Department at Stop & Shop told the Kitchn she believes that "the cost differential between the store brand and the marquee names is primarily based upon one simple factor: marketing." Kroger's Spice Islands 1.9-ounce ground Saigon cinnamon retails for a whopping $5.99, while a 3-ounce bottle of ground cinnamon at the Dollar Tree will run you $1. The 2.25-ounce bottle of Supreme Tradition Cayenne Pepper is $1 at Dollar Tree. And Spice Islands' 2.3-ounce bottle is $6.49 at Ralphs.

Laundry Supplies
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