According the USDA, the average American family of four spent an average of $250 per week on food in February 2017, if they had a moderate to liberal budget. That can mean upwards of $1,000 a month on food or $12,000 annually. That is a huge chunk of most budgets and can be scary to see in writing.
While this is the average, it does not need to be your reality.
There are simple things you can do to save money on your groceries. I've got my five best tips here. I've been following these ideas for years and they really can work.
Want to save more? Here are five tricks to get discounts on everything you buy. And no matter how much you save, try to stay on budget. Going into debt to buy groceries could affect your credit. You can see where your credit stands by checking two of your scores free on Credit.com.
This article originally appeared on Credit.com.