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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Follow these handy tips to avoid spending your entire paycheck at the supermarket.

Watch the weight

Should you go for the 6-ounce yogurt or the 32-ounce mega-size yogurt? That always depends on prices. Just because a container happens to be bigger, doesn’t mean it’s the better value. Sometimes stores or manufactures rig prices so that you’re paying just a little more for less—and that can add up. Always read the labels to figure out how much a product costs by the ounce.

Buy in season

Stocking fresh fruits and vegetables during their off-season requires expensive shipping, and the stores add the cost into the price at the register. “If you’re buying blueberries and strawberries in February, you’re going to pay a lot more for them,” says Marissa Lippert, RD and author of The Cheater's Diet. Stick to what’s in season. This time of year you should look for broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. “And if there’s a sale on something, like wild salmon, buy a bunch and freeze it,” suggests Lippert.

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Don’t buy prepackaged

Do you enjoy the luxury of having your salad packed up nicely in a crisp, crinkly bag? Or getting your butternut squash already cubed? Yeah, you’re paying for that fancy convenience. Foods that are prepackaged, grated, sliced or pre-washed come with a higher price tag—about 50 percent higher. Don’t be so lazy and slice and dice your own food.

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