- Ask! Not every store will mark things down. Wal-mart suppliers give them a guaranteed sale on most items. Some local or chain stores also can return out of date items to the company. You never know unless you ask though. Many stores are glad to!
- Know what has a relatively short shelf life. I routinely find yogurt, milk and other dairy products, salad and other prepackaged produce, bakery items, meats, refrigerated juice and dough. There may be other things you use!
- Look for things already marked down. The meat and bakery departments in my local store are good about marking down items that are close to their sale by dates. These often have brightly colored stickers that say managers special or bonus buy.
- Check the dates. If it is yesterday, today, or tomorrow I take it with me to the check out line and ask for a manager. On occasion I have been told no or asked to pay more than I think the food is worth, so I don't get it. No big deal.