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Saving Money When You Are Shopping for Food

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Do you live on your own? Or do you buy food for a family? Or do you buy food for people who live together? Food can cost a lot. For most people, saving money is important. There are ways to save money on food. Here are some things you can do:

  • How much can you spend on food? Use a food budget and stick to it.
  • Always shop with a list.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time. That way you only buy what you will use. You can make one dish and eat it for more than one meal.
  • Choose fruits and vegetables when they are in season. That is when they cost less.
  • Watch for foods that are on sale.
  • Use coupons or a store shopper card to get a discount.
  • Look at the shelf close to the floor. Food on the lower shelf costs less.
  • Store brands cost less. Here are some:
    • Safeway and Eating Right at Safeway
    • Great Value at Walmart
    • Kirkland at Costco
  • Larger sizes cost a little more, but offer a better value. And you won't need to buy them as often.
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