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Our supersaver shopping strategies will help you slim your body without shrinking your wallet.

Eat Healthy, Save Money

We know you had every intention of eating the broccoli that's been buried in your fridge for weeks (hey, we've been there). Same goes for the lettuce that you planned to turn into a crisp salad for dinner (yep, guilty of that one, too) and the bananas you meant to bring to work for a snack (ditto). If it sometimes seems that you can't eat the healthy food you buy fast enough, you've got plenty of company.

The average family of four in the United States tosses out about $1,350 in groceries every year, according to Jonathan Bloom, author of the new book American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). "Fruits and vegetables top the list of most-wasted foods," Bloom says. "It's often because we forget what we bought. Things get pushed to the back of the produce drawer, and out of sight is out of mind."

Shop a little smarter and you won't have to trash good food or your hard-earned cash. As a bonus, you'll boost your diet and your bank account at the same time. Check out these mega money-saving ideas before you hit the checkout line.

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anonymous wrote:

I enjoyed your article as I am a very experienced budget shopper.People might also consider buying knock-off items instead of name brands. In my store cream of mushroom soup is $129 a can for the name brand and the store brand name is .49 and there is no difference in quality.

6/7/2012 02:43:05 PM Report Abuse
mrs-klaus wrote:

All was good info. Thank you. I never shop on empty. My pressure canner will get more use. I would like to make my own soups as well. Less salt & I know whats in it.

10/15/2011 10:19:41 PM Report Abuse
jgraham87413 wrote:

You can purchase a pressure cooker at QVC. I got one that is electric which can also be used as a slow cooker. I bought one for my daughter and daughter inlaw and they love them.

1/15/2011 08:12:01 AM Report Abuse
grammieluvsu wrote:

i enjoyed this article very much. I never knew you could actually cook in a pressure cooker. I have used one years ago for canning. Can anyone tell me where I can purchase one now? Mine had to be left behind when I moved from the east to the west coast. I have looked in several stores and can not find one anywhere.

11/6/2010 07:21:43 PM Report Abuse
simpsoncampbell wrote:

Canola oil comes from the canola plant or what used to be called the rapeseed plant. Not surprisingly the name is not very marketable so they changed it to canola. If you are driving in the mid summer and see farm fields full of a yellow flowering plant, that is canola or rapeseed. If you crush the seed it is 42% oil. The husk is them used for other things.

11/2/2010 08:37:36 AM Report Abuse

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