Emily WilsonHas the rising cost of food taken a hit on your budget? Try these simple tactics to save money at the supermarket
In sticker-shock over prices at your local supermarket? As food costs continue to rise (the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts a three to four percent increase in 2008), rely on these money-saving strategies.
1. Pick products on the top and bottom shelves at the supermarket. Bigger sizes of items, which tend to offer a lower price per unit, are usually placed on the highest and lowest shelves. Smaller sizes, with a higher price per unit, are often given prime placement at eye level.
2. Buy store brands instead of name brands. Store brands are usually close to the market leader in quality yet less costly. In fact, the same manufacturer that makes the branded product often manufactures the house brand.
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3. Avoid buying prepared and packaged goods. You'll pay a premium for convenience. ConsumerRead More »from 6 Ways to Save on Groceries