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How to Save Money on Food Expenses

By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Part of Frugal Living For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When it comes to saving money, food is one of the few flexible items. Just making minor changes in how you think about grocery shopping can bring major benefits at the checkout stand. Quick and easy tips for saving money at the grocery store are:

  • Shop the perimeter of the store to avoid expensive prepackaged food items.

  • Shop with a list to avoid impulse buys.

  • Watch for deeply discounted sale items in ads and circulars.

  • Make out your weekly meal plans in advance.

  • Plan your menus around current sale items.

  • Use coupons and rebates wisely.

  • Cut back on the number of trips to the store.

  • Buy in bulk when you find low prices.