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" products are usually just as good, and less expensive."

My mom used to say that. Any kid who grew up poor knows it's a dirty lie. Report
Growing your own wound up not being a savings at all, it cost too much to build up the garden area, price of water, time wasted to take care of it, and frankly the stuff homegrown really didn't taste better after all of that.... And the family was sick of salad, didn't want to see a tomato ever again. Report
If you can, grow some of your own veggies. All I have is a patio and I'm growing like crazy, all things salad! See how you can freeze certain seasonal fruits/veggies and learn to can (and dehydrate) and you can store up for the winter months. I'm lucky enough to live near a farming community so I do U-pick blueberries, strawberries, corn, and so on...this is SO much cheaper than anything you'll find at your local grocery store. Also at the end of the season some farmers have programs that allow you to come out and pick anything left over for FREE. Farmers markets can be a big savings too and typically much fresher. Also buying bulk on things like brown rice, flower, and beans. Yes, they take more time to prepare but the price per serving is typically much lower. Report
i already do all this and its still waaaaaay expensive to eat healthy . normally a person can survive spending five dollars on fast food to live . to eat healthy your spending at least 2.00 on lettuuce 1.00 green pepper 1.00 tomato 1.00 avocado , .2 egg , .5 apple .5 cereal , ........... its at least like 12.00 a day to eat healthy and not be loaded with carbs . any healthy low carb cheap recommendations ? Report
This is a great article! I don't buy canned beans any more. It is so easy to cook dried beans and lentils from scratch and then freeze them. The best thing besides saving money is that they have little to no sodium, unlike canned goods. Report
We try to buy generic a lot but sometimes I find generic quality not as good as some brands - canned whole kernel corn and green beans are some of our "picky" areas. In some cases, as well, Ican't find generic for what we need - for instance sodium reduced or salt free products like Rotel tomatoes. For that, I try to watch for specials. In fact, I often buy regular name brand when same price or lower than generics - you have to read advertised specials, etc a lot.. Also, I often find the price of bulk unshredded cheese to be the same/# as the shredded. Report
LOL! If I'm not hungry when I'm shopping, I end up grabbing just a couple of staples (bread and milk) so I can get out of the store quickly. Shopping only works for me when I have an interest in food. Report
Its odd because most of the stores I shop at have the price per unit so its easy to figure out the best price. Report
My biggest problem is buying too much food and having to throw it away. I will try to follow some of these suggestions so I don't waste money. I especially like the idea of planning what I'm going to eat, and buy only those things. Report
I always take my calculator one because i am on a budget and two cause i can totally buy bad things if i dont. Report
I find that I am now pretty good at buying the best foods at the best prices. But sometimes I buy too much, and I waste money when I have to throw away food. I am now trying to work on using everything I buy. Report
I always cook a pot of (dried) beans in the crockpot every week and use them for hummus, refried beans, salsas, pasta, salads, and even to make bean burgers or sandwich spreads. Report
I buy generics & store brands for most things, but there are some things it's worth paying the extra money for. For example, all the cheese sold meets the USDA definition of "cheese," but I find a particular brand to be far tastier than the store brand.

I have also found some name-brand household items perform better than the generic version, so the money saved is a false economy.

But we each have our own favorites. If it's worth it to you, buy it. If you feel like you're broke all the time, perhaps you need to re-order your priorities. And while I hear a lot of Americans complain about how expensive groceries are here, we pay a smaller percentage of our household incomes for groceries than much of the world does. Report
Cvs is the best store for body soap and toothpaste.stock up when those items are on sals Report
Most of these ideas are really good - some new to me.
I like to shop for BOGOs - buy one get one free as much as possible and it saves a lot of $$$.
Also, we have a lot of trouble getting coupons off the Internet - too many requirements in order to set up downloading them, and my DH is concerned about malware, etc that seem to affect all this. We tried using newspaper coupons but often we find generic instead of name brand at better deals.
Have not tried the price matching much. For "health" foods we are beginning to explore ordering through places like Amazon for better pricing. Report

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