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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Eat Healthier Between Meals
We are really
into our midmorning, midafternoon and midnight bites. Sales of snack foods grew to $374 billion last year; and, according to Nielsen data
, while overall grocery spending has barely changed, we're spending much more on protein bars, chips and beef jerky. If you regularly graze on what you already have, instead (e.g., fruits, vegetables, peanut butter on toast, a few slices of cheese), you'll save money (and be eating more nutritionally, too).