How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
The average couple lays out as much as $180 a week; families of four can drop closer to $300
. We've found a few surprising ways to lower your spending.
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Pick a Smaller Cart
Just as we pile on an extra-large portion of lasagna when we have a bigger plate and throw even more magazines, snacks and bottles of hand sanitizer into our purse when it's ginormous, we're likely to stack our shopping carts with up to 40 percent more
items if they're the size of Mini Coopers. Hand-held baskets may not be the answer, though, since research shows people who use them are more likely to make unplanned purchases (especially of junk food)
, since the pain of lugging a heavy load can affect judgment. The solution is either to use a smaller cart or a basket that you pull—or at least to be aware that whatever you're using, it doesn't have to be filled to the brim for you to check out.