So on those odd times when you're not finding free food on campus (read: GSA Bagel Hours on Wednesday), you might want to save money on your groceries.
Here are five things you can do.
1. Buy items based on the sales advertisements. Plan your meals based on sales. Also, know what you buy so when an item you always use is on sale, buy enough of them for ten weeks, since sales are often on about a ten week cycle.
2. Use up your items in your refrigerator and pantry first. Eat the food that will soon expire, instead of throwing it out. Apparently, Americans typically throw away 25% of their groceries. Don't be that kind of American.
3. Buy generic or lower priced substitutes. Typically, many food items are packaged by the same producer, different labels being the only difference.
4. Look high and low. Higher priced items are shelved at eye level and at the beginning and end of aisles. Look up and down for savings.
5. Buy in-season produce. You can save between 30-50% by buying produce that's in season. Besides, in-season produce tastes better.
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