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How to save money on groceries

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(Source: USDA) (Source: USDA)
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Buying groceries is probably one of the most expensive things in your family budget.

But there are some things you can do to keep you from getting sticker shock at the cash register.

Food can be expensive.

The USDA says a family of four spends on average roughly $875 to $1,045 a month at the grocery store.

So how can you save a little green while shopping for your veggies?

  • Look at your pantry and freezer, and see what you already have and use it.
  • Buy what you need. Try to only shop once a week, that way you can lower impulse buys and save gas.
  • Shop around. Find out if milk is cheaper at one store and buy it there.
  • Look at the store's ads and plan your meals around the deals.
  • Consider coupons. Try coupons.com, use the snipsnap app to organize your coupons or download checkout 51 to get rebates for things you've already bought.

There are plenty of simple ways to fatten your wallet while buying your food.

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

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He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

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