By Erin Huffstetler | 02/27/2014 | No Comments
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Do you suffer sticker shock every time you have to buy olive oil? If so, here are some tips to help you bring down the cost.
Buy the Store Brand- A small bottle of extra virgin olive oil (16.8-17 oz.) runs about $7 or $8 in my area, but the store brand sells for $5.19 at Kroger. And here’s the thing: it’s imported from Italy just like all of those pricier brands. In fact, do a side-by-side comparison of the bottles, and you may just discover that you’re looking at the same bottle with different labels.
But we can do a lot better than $5.19 a bottle. Let’s dig deeper …
Catch a Drug Store Sale- Whenever I see a coupon for Filippo Berio olive oil, I grab it because I know it goes on sale for $3.99 at CVS from time to time. Combined with a $1 coupon, that brings the cost down to just $2.99 a bottle. Grab a $1-off coupon from the Filippo Berio website, so you’ll be ready for the next sale.
Shop at Aldi- I can pick up extra virgin olive oil at Aldi for $3.29 any day of the week. I don’t have to wait for a sale or have a bunch of coupons.
Buy It in Bulk- I bought this three-liter can of olive oil from World’s Market for $19.99. It contains as much as six regular-sized bottles of olive oil. Do the math, and that brings the cost down to $3.33 a bottle.
Skip the Extra Virgin- If you’re going to use olive oil in a salad dressing or drizzle it over a dish, go with extra virgin. If you’re going to use it to cook, go with plain old olive oil. You’ll spend less, and you won’t notice any difference in flavor or quality. Pure olive oil sells for $2.99 at Aldi.
Use the Right Oil for the Job- Olive oil is perfect for sauteeing and other low-heat cooking methods, but it isn’t suited to deep-frying. Grab a cheaper oil, like canola for that.