Mom of 5 teaches us how to cut our grocery bill in half -- without using coupons

Grocery shopping is never easy, especially when you're on a tight budget.

Especially if you follow a strict diet or have to shop for a family of picky eaters, food shopping can be overwhelming. Add that to Whole Foods-like prices, it seems nearly impossible.

So, how does a mom of 5 do it? Jordan Page, the face behind the mega-popular "Fun Cheap or Free" blog, shows us how to get the most bang for our buck. The blogger takes us on one of her weekly shopping excursions, where she makes a budget and then searches for the best deals.

Throughout her journey, Page lets us in on a few secrets. Did you know that only the front or back of the weekly ad can give you the best deals? How about the fact that purchasing prepared foods can double your bill? Do you know which fridge to get your milk from?

In the end, Page manages to feed her entire family for a week, all for under $100.00 -- and without coupons, too.

We don't know about you, but we're taking notes. Watch the video above to learn how you can save money at the grocery store.

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Buy in bulk
Even if you don't think you need a bulk amount of an item, you can always find a way to use it, especially if it's a dry good or item you can store for a long time. It'll save you down the road.

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Memorize rock bottom prices
You may have to jot down the prices you pay for certain items a few times before you can gauge the maximum price you should pay every time you shop for that item.Eventually, you'll commit it to memory.

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Research specific stores' policies
Certain grocery stores will price match or honor deals from other grocery stores, while some might have certain designated deals on different items on certain days of the week. Research before you shop.

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Buy a mix of name brand and generic brand products
For dry goods and condiments, stick to generic brand. For products like meat and dairy, stick to a brand you trust.

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Skip out on anything prepared, pre-packaged or pre-sliced
It's almost always more expensive than buying bulk ingredients and using them to prepare on your own. 

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Leave the kids at home (if possible)
"How did eight boxes of fruit snacks get into the cart?"

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Don't buy boneless chicken or meat
It will cost you the price of the meat plus the cost of preparation. Buy with bone-in and prep the meat yourself.

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Take advantage of "buy one, get one" deals
Especially if they're items like meat or bread, which can be frozen and stored for quite a while.

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Plan meals around when things go on sale
Instead of planning out your meals for the week and shopping for the appropriate ingredients, figure out when certain items go on sale, buy them and plan your meals around those ingredients.

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Look at the unit price
It's possible, for example, that buying two boxes of 10 granola bars is cheaper than buying one box of 20, based on the price per unit.

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Look up, then look down
Grocery stores tend to stock their most expensive items at eye-level. Look at the top and bottom rows for cheaper items.

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Skip out on personal care items
Your best bet for these kinds of items is drugstores.

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