-- 12 Buy Generic food and store brands. They taste like brand name foods, sometimes better, but they’ll save you money on packaging & advertising.
-- 14 Buy calorie and nutrition dense foods. Whole milk, potatoes, brown rice, whole wheat pasta & rolled oats are very filling. Fruits and veggies like blueberries and yams are high in nutrients.
-- 15 Always read the ingredients, avoid foods that are full of fillers instead of real food, like most ketchup has a lot of High Fructose Corn Syrup that is mostly there as a filler but Hunt's has one that has no added sodium or high fructose corn syrup and it tastes great too.
-- 16 Shop the discounts, meat, bread, and many other things go for a lot cheaper when they are getting close to their expiration or sell by dates, look for those first.
-- 17 Get the Customer Card and only shop at one place unless you are going there already, you may save a little going to that other store for a couple of items that are cheaper there but once you add the cost of gas, extra wear and tear on your car and the extra time you usually save more by just getting it all at once.
-- 18 *Play the "grocery game", clip coupons and use them in conjunction with sales to get the best price possible. There's a website called The Grocery Game that is a great way to get you started if you think you need help. I started there and now do it on my own and my grocery bills were cut in half while I was actually buying more.
-- 19 Check the unit price, it's amazing how often something looks cheaper but actually costs more when you break it down. Like two boxes of pasta, one is $.50 less but it is actually one ounce less which makes it more per ounce than the other box.
-- 20 Stop buying food out, make your own meals and take them with you instead. Taking your lunch to work, keeping healthy snacks like nuts in the car and your purse can save you from buying
-- 21 Stick to your list and eliminate impulse buying, the easiest way to do this is to do your shopping online and pick up your groceries or have them delivered, you'll save for more on the things you don't buy and the time and gas you save than you spend on the fees you pay for the service. Even if you can't do this make sure that you make a list and keep strictly to it, if it's not on the list it doesn't go in the cart.
* (Although most of my recipes say how much they cost I am stating the cost without sales or savings, I haven't included how much I saved with coupons or anything I grew on my own.)