Aug 15th – Aug 21st
Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five. This is where I share what I consider the week’s top-five money related articles from around the web. There are a lot of great personal finance websites publishing amazing content daily and I feel that I must share them with you. I hope you enjoy my five favorite articles of the week.
If you haven’t, please read this week’s posts on 7 Tricks Supermarkets Use To Get You To Spend More and on 7 Supermarket Tricks You Can Use To Save Money. Please don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Google+, and like Million Dollar Ninja on Facebook.
In no particular order here are The Friday Five
1. Jacob at My Personal Finance Journey writes, How To Save Big Money On Your Groceries. Let’s keep the food shopping theme going. Jacob has some good tips on saving money on groceries.
2. Brian at Money Crashers writes, What is Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) – Comparison to Store-Bought Produce. We love our CSA and if you don’t know what it is, read this article.
3. Aaron at Three Thrifty Guys writes, How to Get Rid of Junk Mail (for Good). I don’t know about you, but I hate junk mail and never knew how to stop it from coming. Well now I know.
4. Robert at Money Bulldog writes, How Could Learning a New Language Help Your Career? Not only can it help your career, but you can make fun of people in a different language and in front of them… that’s what I do 🙂
Please check out all these great articles. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
This was not officially “Supermarket Week” – at least not on the Discovery Channel – but since I had two posts on the subject, it is Supermarket Week on this blog.
We read how supermarkets do subtle tricks to get us to spend more money – if you haven’t yet, read it now – but I don’t think supermarkets are all that bad. They’re a business and they have to make money. I’m actually very glad we have supermarkets because they make life so much easier.
Here are a few other good things about supermarkets.
1. They’re Not Out to Steal From Us – After all is said and done, the average supermarket only makes about 1.5% net profit per year. I’m not a business major and I don’t know too much math, but that’s not that much.
2. Food Safety is Their Biggest Priority – Employees are required to sterilize cutting boards every few hours and fill out a cleaning log each time. They really don’t want anybody getting food poisoning from their food so go ahead and eat that supermarket sushi.
3. Can’t Compete with Walmart – Since they can’t compete with Walmart on prices, some stores hire skilled butchers to cut up your meat, produce managers who are experts on fruits and vegetables, and dietitians who give seminars on healthy eating habits.
4. They Support Local Causes – Most supermarkets have a budget to support local causes like school fund-raisers and such. They really want to be part of the community.
So there you have it, I hope your food shopping experience will improve now that you know all the tricks of the trade.