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Easy Ways to Save on Groceries

January 3rd, 2013 Personal Finance

Food is a big expense for everyone, especially families who find that their growing kids are going through way more food than they ever thought possible! Luckily, you don't have to break the bank every time you head to the supermarket. Here are some tips to make sure you stay within your budget.

The easiest way to save at the grocery store is to eat before you go! If you're hungry, you're more likely to buy food that you don't really need because you think it looks good. The same goes for your kids. Make sure they've had a good meal before you allow them to tag along, otherwise they may be begging for unnecessary treats.

Making a list will help you stick to buying the right items. Go through your kitchen before you head to the store and write down anything you're out of or running low on. It also helps to jot down a list of what you plan on cooking for the week. That way, you can buy the ingredients and coordinate healthy meals.

Even though fresh fruits and vegetables are usually better for you, some families find that frozen varieties work because they generally don't deteriorate as quickly and can be conveniently incorporated into any meal. You should still stock up on nature's bounty when you know your family will eat them right away.

Try to cut back on the amount of meat your family eats. Not only is it healthier to do so, but it also saves money. Plan a couple of vegetarian dishes every week or make the meat an addition to the meal rather than a main course. Your wallet and your family will be thanking you.