Do Something About Those Grocery Costs


For those who were spending “moderately” for groceries in the first 6 months of 2011, the average cost was between $156 and $184 per week for a family of four and between $103 and $107 per week for a family of two. If your weekly grocery costs are higher than average, try to get your costs down to the average level by using coupons, switching from premium brands to cheaper store brands, buying the items that are on sale instead of paying full price and cutting down on things that are nice to have but not essential. If your grocery costs are average, use the same techniques to cut your weekly bill by 10%. In both cases, take what you saved and put it in the jar where you collect money for your savings account!

Source: USDA, http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/FoodPlans/2011/CostofFoodJun2011.pdf

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