Tips to save money on food

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX -- Want to stop wasting money on food? Well, it's really not that hard. According to www.usnews.com, the first thing you have to do is buy less food overall.

Americans tend to mega-shop in one big shopping spree. However, it doesn't make sense to shop on Sunday for a meal you plan on eating Friday.

It also helps to keep your fridge uncluttered. Try moving those older items to the front where you can see them.

You can also ignore those expiration dates. Now you have to be careful with this one, but experts say those expiration dates are on the conservative side.

Try to split your entree when eating out. Restaurants these days are known for their enormous portions so order one meal and share it with a family member to save a lot.

Also, try using smaller plates because it makes it less likely to take more than you want, saving money.

Next, be sure to eat before you shop. Going to the grocery store on a full stomach really helps with buying less.

Make sure to utilize your freezer and freeze items to eat later. Just remember to label the outside of the freezer back.

Finally, limit those bulk buys. Buying two gallons of milk at warehouse clubs doesn't save you much if the second spoils before you can use it.