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7 ways to save money on groceries

Think before you pick out an item
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Think before you pick out an item

Stephanie Nelson, founder of CouponMom.com, suggests that a grocery savings strategy includes considering alternatives that may mean a little more work at home.

"Skip the high price of convenience. Buy food in its most basic form to get the most food for your dollar. Get the head of lettuce instead of the bag and peel your own carrots," she says.

Also, don't help your grocer by succumbing to special displays. "Don't assume that special displays or displays at the end of an aisle are the best prices. They may actually be selling at full price," Nelson says.

Check different departments. Nelson says a type of cheese sold in the deli department might cost more than the same type of cheese sold in the dairy department. One brand of a type of nut in the produce department might cost less than the same type of nut in the baking department or on the snack aisles.

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