Shop Smart Tips

07/27/2009 3:58 PM

07/27/2009 3:59 PM

You might think that keeping a grocery budget in check in a small household would be easy. Fewer mouths to feed equals less money flowing from the account, right? That may not always be the case — especially when it's difficult to take advantage of volume buying. Here are some cost-saving tips:

Look for large bags of frozen vegetables and chicken breasts on sale. Divide contents into single- serving sizes and refreeze at home in freezer-quality sealable bags.

Check the small print on coupons or in-store promotions to avoid buying more than you need to qualify for a discount. When in doubt, ask for a clarification at the customer-service counter.

If you don't have the storage space to take advantage of buy-in-bulk offers or warehouse-club savings, share the bargains with friends.

— The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel

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