How to cut your grocery bill in half

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How to Save Money On Your Grocery Bill

For many Americans, monthly grocery spending is eating up a big portion of their budgets. On average, a family of four spends up to $1300 a month on food they consume at home. To make matters worse, most are spending more than they need to because of mistakes they're making when shopping at the super market. Here are three biggest mistakes many food shoppers make, as well as advice on how to avoid them.

1. Take advantage of deals
A lot of people buy groceries week to week, which isn't a smart way to take advantage of super market deals. These shoppers often have to pay full price for 40-50% of what goes in their carts. The better way to shop is to stock up on items you know you will always use when they go on sale. Store the surplus in your freezer or pantry. Also, plan your weekly purchases of perishable items around what's on sale. Be sure to check weekly sales flyers or use an app such as favado to see what's on sale at your local stores before you shop.

2. Do your research before shopping
Most super markets provide the cost per unit of products on labels displayed on shelves. This is an easy way to get a true price comparison across brands and package sizes. If you don't check the price per unit, you might end up paying more for fewer products in the long run. For example, a container of name brand orange juice might be on sale and appear to have a lower price than the store brand. If the brand name container is 50 oz., while the store brand is 64 oz. the cost per unit can help you figure out which really is the better deal.

3. Take advantage of savings apps and sites
You don't have to give up an entire weekend to clip coupons to use them. Many supermarket websites and apps to load coupons directly to your store or loyalty card. Some products come with coupons already attached to their packaging, which can be redeemed immediately at checkout.

When it comes to using coupons, the biggest way to save is when you use them to purchase household and personal hygiene products, which can be especially pricey.

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How to cut your grocery bill in half

SKIP THE GYM

Gym or yoga studio memberships can become insanely costly. Giving up the expense, though, doesn’t mean you have to give up your workout routine. Check out FitnessBlender.com for workouts that you can do at home via YouTube.

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GO ALL NATURAL

Many people spend a ton of money on personal care. Although getting manicures, pedicures, massages and haircuts can be a relaxing way to feel pampered, these things are sucking up money that could be spent on travel. Besides, when you are backpacking through South America or sleeping in European hostels, you won’t have access to all of your usual comforts. Why not stop now?

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COOK AT HOME

How about embracing cooking as a new hobby? You will simultaneously be eating healthier, saving money on take-out and maybe even exercising your creative side. Following food blogs is a great, inexpensive way to find recipes and inspiration. One of my favorites, BrokeAssGourmet.com, factors cost into the equation too.

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FOREGO SUBSCRIPTIONS

Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO and others end up tacking extra costs onto your monthly bills. Even Kindle, while it may be convenient for when you are traveling, can make buying books and apps all too easy. Consider using your local library to check out books as well as DVDs. Most offer an extensive collection that will help you save over the course of the year.

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PICK UP AN EXTRA SHIFT

If it seems impossible for you to give up some things, or if you’re still in need of extra cash, look for a job where you can make some money without a huge commitment. Babysitting and nanny services connect caretakers with clients and aren’t just for people looking for full-timework. Catering companies are another great option since they always need servers and usually schedule staff on a week-to-week basis.

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BUDGET WITH MINT

No, this Mint won’t print more money for you to spend on a trip to Bali, but it will help you keep track of your spending. The app allows you to create a budget and set specific savings goals, making it easier to hold yourself accountable for saving that extra cash.

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