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3 Easy Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bill

Cut back on coupons.

"I've seen it over and over in my research: People buy things they wouldn't normally choose, because they have a coupon," says consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow, PhD, coauthor of Gen BuY. "Cheap prices allow you to rationalize less-healthy purchases." Ask yourself if you would want it without the coupon. No? Skip it.

Shop after you eat.

"When you're famished, you naturally crave the most calorie-rich foods," Yarrow says. The next thing you know, you're piling your cart with corn chips and doughnuts.

Leave the kids home.

As soon as you walk into the store, they start up: "I want candy/cupcakes/ice cream. Please, please, please!" Cue the tears. You end up buying more than you planned to. Have your husband watch them while you shop. Or trade babysitting time with another mom.

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Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2010.

 

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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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