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Tips to Save Money at the Grocery Store

I’m trying to save money at the grocery store so I have a little extra for gifts for my grandchildren. What do you suggest?
Tips to Save Money at the Grocery Store

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Try these tips to save money at the store and enjoy your food at its best.

❑ 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.
❑ Don’t shop when you are hungry. That helps you 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 perishable food in the refrigerator right away to preserve freshness.
❑ Freeze food in meal-size portions to prevent spoiling.
❑ Divide foods into small portions for children and elderly to prevent waste.
❑ Use foods with the earliest “use by” dates first.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise December 2012 (PDF)

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