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Ten Tips for Spending Less on Food
- Decrease the amount of food waste in your household. Make plans to use all the food you purchase.
- Mash and freeze bananas that are overripe. Use later to banana bread.
- Take leftovers for your lunch or plan another meal for the family using them.
- Before you go to the grocery store, check your pantry and freezer to make sure you don’t buy more than you need.
- Plan your meals around sales at the grocery store.
- Purchase fruits and vegetables that are in season or are on sale that week.
- Plan a couple of meatless meals every week. Use beans to make a vegetarian chili or bean burritos.
- Make a list of the food you put in the refrigerator and freezer and date the packages to help you remember what needs to be used first.
- Consider buying generic foods rather than the higher priced national brands.
- Clip coupons for items that you know you will use. Check web sites offering coupons www.Coupons.com and SmartSource.com. Be aware that some stores will not accept coupons from the internet.