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Tips for stretching your food dollars

“As food prices continue to rise it’s more important than ever to stretch your food dollars. Over the years I’ve discovered different ways to save money on food and groceries, and I want to share some budgeting and spending ideas with you this week.

I make a grocery list and ‘try’ to stick to it. I leave a note pad on the refrigerator to keep track of the food we need to replenish. Before shopping, I compare weekly grocery ads to find the best prices. If there is a good deal on something and I use the product on a regular basis, I buy it in multiples (especially the buy one-get one free items). Replacing name brand items with a generic equivalent also helps the budget. I have found that many less expensive generic products taste as good as the more costly name brand products.”