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1. Before you go shopping, clean out your pantry and fridge, and take stock of the items you actually need.
2. Always head to the food store with a list, so you don't end up like Ellen here straying away from the plan.
3. Plan recipes ahead of time, and you will be the boss of that food store. Check out some amazing budget-friendly dinners for ideas.
4. Skip the meat one, two, or even three days a week, and watch your grocery bill shrink! There are plenty of high protein vegetarian dinners out there.
5. Prolong the life of your veggies with ethylene gas absorbers so no vegetable goes to waste.
6. Save money on produce by shopping at your local farmer's market.
7. Keep track of the items you buy most frequently, and check their prices at various stores to make sure you are getting the best buy! If you shop at Walmart, you can use their savings catcher.
8. Preserve fresh herbs in an herb saver so your ~green~ doesn't go to waste!
9. Check to see if your grocery store has a grocery app. Some apps will load coupons automatically, and curbside pickup can be a big money saver.
10. Remember the internet exists, and save money buying shelf-stable items in bulk online without ever leaving your home.
11. Make the most of your online order by adding some speciality items (that are prob still priced better online, depending on where you live), to qualify for free shipping.
12. Don't overpay for staples like olive oil and sugar – if you don't have time to check prices and multiple stores, throw them in your online shopping cart and save the bucks!
13. Research what's in season each month, and buy tons of it while prices are low.
14. Freeze those in-season items, as well as bread and meat that are near expiration and on mark down.
15. Invest in a food saver that'll save you tons of money in the long run. It's perfect for vacuum sealing produce so it lasts longer, or freezing everyyything.
16. If you're just shopping for one, go to the butcher directly to get just a few slices of bacon or two chicken cutlets vs. buying family packs you don't need.
17. Look for generic and store brands above and below eye level in the grocery aisles. That's where they hide the cheaper stuff 👀.
18. Be open and on the lookout for the best prices in unexpected places. One of the best places to look is the dollar store.
19. Try Jet cold-packed so you can entice yourself to eat at home with chicken tikka masala or Panera mac & cheese, and make the most of the flat-rate shipping.