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7 Clever Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill

There are dozens of ways to make savings in that weekly trip to the grocery store, but to focus on ones that can give you the greatest benefits here are 7 top tips!

1] Buy only what you need....sounds so easy but look what goes in the trashcan every week.

Half empty jars of mouldy out of date food. Things you saw on special or bought on impulse that really isn't to the family taste.

2] Shop with a list! As well as avoiding waste, a plan will mean better balanced diets for the week and bad impulse buys because you couldn't think what to eat.

Remember supermarkets spend a fortune on creating urges to spend when you are in them by clever product placements.

A list will help you resist! Don't shop when you are hungry as the trolley will get things added to it that you really didn't mean to buy, but your stomach overrode your brain.

3] Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season. They will be better for you as they're more likely to be fresher, locally grown and cheaper when in plentiful supply.

Take advantage of surpluses at local markets to make your own preserves and sauces.

Often these don't take much time or effort to make and the whole family can be involved as part of the process!

Expensive out of season fruit may look good but often lack the taste of local natural ripened product.

4] Grow your own vegetable garden - perhaps this is the number one way to reduce the grocery bill but this is not available to everyone.

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If you don't have much ground to plant then consider even a planter box with a few of your favorite herbs to add zing to your home cooking. Of course if you have a big enough yard then plant a few easy maintenance crops such as spinach, zucchini, and beans.

Your children will get a buzz out of seeing the crop come from seed to fruition and even if you see the market price is low when you harvest there is the satisfaction of knowing you couldn't get fresher.

5] Carefully look at the cleaning products you buy and choose the ones that have natural ingredients.

Often they will be cheaper, more eco-friendly and one product may replace several of the so-called purpose designed sprays and chemicals. Some common household items such as vinegar and baking soda work wonders for cleaning and are far more environmentally friendly.

6] When buying meat there are cheaper cuts available that may need slower cooking and extra spices, but will often be easier to prepare and cook for a bigger family.

Slow cooking is the way to go to save money and add variety to the family diet as well. Check online for great recipes or if you use a specialist supplier they may also have recipe guides to make your life simpler.

7] Be careful when looking at large size packages. Look for price per pound as the smaller box may actually work out to be lower on that score as well.

Don't be fooled by the terms such as Economy and Super size!

If they do offer a bargain make sure you are going to use all the contents or share with a friend or other family member to get the full value of the savings.

Most of the above suggestions will save you money, be better for you and the environment and you can measure how well you are doing from the get go.

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