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QuickTips Summer Series #4: Smart shopping

If you’re like me, you are constantly looking for ways to save a few bucks here and there. One of the easiest ways to do so is to think about what you can do to cut your grocery expenses. The average family of four spends approximately $6,000 a year on groceries! When put into perspective, it’s easy to see how doing your homework and being more sensible provides a number of ways to save…and save big!

Now understand that it’s not simply cutting coupons and waiting for sales. There are a number of other steps that you can take to reduce your budget and save along the way. This doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice quality or quantity either; it simply boils down to a good plan, a little time and good old common sense.

Check out this week’s QuickTips Summer Series Saving episode for 5 quick tips that are guaranteed to save you a bundle. Are you doing all you can to save and stretch your grocery budget?

Share your tips with us and our community. We’d love to hear from you!

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  • Tara August 9, 2010, 4:48 pm

    Great one R!

    We schedule our meals on a little dry erase board right on the fridge. Makes it easy to put together a shopping list as well as ensure we know what foods expire when. That way we don’t let anything go to waste.

    Sales definitely rock….there are so many great food items in bulk or on sale. No reason to stick with certain items if you can get something similar for less. :)

    • Rich Massingham August 10, 2010, 10:57 am

      Thanks Tara. As with most saving opportunities, it comes down to planning and preparation. At home we do whatever we can to avoid throwing food away (makes for an expensive compost pile =). And luckily, we’ve got a few markets close to home to choose from so simple price comparisons are also a great and easy way to save. Thanks for sharing!

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