The above picture was taken at my local Walmart where milk is currently $3.71 a gallon. We also have 10% sales tax on food, so that gallon of milk costs me $4.08. It’s outrageous and I am sure that it is the same way throughout the country.
Here are some tips on how to save on milk:
Cut down on your milk consumption. This one is obvious. Check with your pediatrician to see how much dairy they recommend your child have, and if you are exceeding that amount cut back.
Check milk prices at gas stations and dollar stores. Surprisingly milk prices can vary drastically between the grocery stores and the convenience store. Sometimes it’s even cheaper!
Shop around. Milk prices will vary store to store. If you have an Aldi’s, their milk is usually cheaper than the super market. I’ve also heard that some Whole Foods have cheaper milk. And if you have a membership to Sams, Costco or BJs, they usually have their milk priced cheaper than the grocery store.
Check for weekly sales. Sometimes the drug stores, like CVS, Walgreens, etc, will put milk on sale. Check the ad each week to see.
Watch the expiration dates. Always try to buy the furthest dated milk, even if it means reaching all the way into the back of the cooler. You never know what the future holds and you might not be able to drink the milk as quickly as you usually do.
Choose from the back. Vernoica says: I heard to always pick the gallon or container in the back.The ones in front don’t last till exp date.The comibination on light & enough cold spoils it sooner.
Freeze your milk. Milk freezes well. Just take about a cup and a half off the top of the gallon to make sure it doesn’t expand and explode in your freezer. That would be a nasty mess to clean up. Just put the frozen gallon in your fridge the day before you need it.
Use dry milk. Instead of using milk from the fridge for baking, mix up some dry milk for the recipes that call for it.
Watch for milk coupons. You usually won’t see a coupon that is just off milk, but you might find a coupon that says “Buy this and get $2 off a gallon of milk”. Right now you can find a coupon for $1 off Borden Milk under zip 33614.
If you have any tips, please share them in the comment section.
If you are new to Couponing, you might want to take a moment to read more in my Getting Started Couponing series. It will teach you how to coupon like I do!