How to save money grocery shopping

Saving money at the grocery store might seem intimidating. After all, everything about the experience, from the upbeat music playing in the aisles to those precut packages of vegetables — is designed to part you and your hard-earned dollars. But you don’t have to become an Olympic-level couponer or buy food by the pallet to trim some bucks from that total.

Whether you’re already a cost-conscious shopper or you’re thinking about your spending in new ways these days, a few small changes can go a long way if you make them long-term habits. “If you take out some convenience products and you save $10 in one shop, that might not seem like much,” says Erin Chase, who runs the blog $5 Dinners. “But if you shop once a week and you keep that up, you’re looking at real long-term savings.”

She suggests you try out a few money-saving tactics and see what sticks in the long run. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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