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Food shopping savings tips- how to be a budget conscious grocery shopper

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

With this very tight economy, we are all feeling the pinch when shopping. Food shopping for the family is no difference. But there are some things you can do to "stretch a dollar" as my wonderful and "would-never-waste-anything" mom would say.Here are some tips on how to be smarter with your dollars when grocery shopping for the family:

  • Make a shopping list. This helps you stick to your budget.
  • Plan your meals. Planning helps put leftovers to good use.
  • Look for coupons, sales and store specials.
  • For added savings sign up for the store discount card. These should be free and easy to sign up for.
  • Don't shop when you or the kids are hungry. It is easier to stick to your shopping list.
  • Try store brands. They usually cost less.
  • Compare products for the best deal.
  • Check sell by dates. Buy the freshest food possible. It lasts longer
  • Store food right away to preserve freshness.
  • Freeze food to prevent spoiling.
  • Divide foods into small portions for children to prevent waste.
  • Use foods with the earliest expiration

Source: Food and Nutrition Services, USDA





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