Foods That Absolutely Destroy Your Grocery Budget

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Most people are on a budget when it comes to getting groceries. Some foods can drain that budget pretty quickly. By finding alternatives, you can save some cash and still eat all your favorite foods.
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Precut Produce

Sure, they’re convenient, but they cost a lot more than buying fresh fruits and veggies that you can easily slice and dice yourself.
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Prime Cuts of Meat

They are fine for a splurge, but the fancy cuts of beef, pork and lamb will cost you a lot more than cuts like sirloin or bone-in chops.
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Salad Dressing

Bottled salad dressing is easy, but it costs a lot more than making your own at home. All you need is some olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices and you’re set with your own for mere pennies.
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Out of Season

Fruits and veggies are a must-have item in a healthy diet, but out of season choices will ratchet up your grocery bill really quickly. Make an effort to buy only what’s in season and you can save quite a bit of cash.
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Wrong Aisle

According to experts, looking for certain items in the international aisle can save money. For example, look for taco seasoning in the Mexican food section and save money when compared to a similar item on the spice aisle.
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Stock and Broth

You need stock or broth to make soup, stew, sauces and gravies. But you don’t have to waste money buying it. Use meat bones and veggies to make your own. Simply simmer it in water overnight in your slow cooker and you’re good to go. This works for ham bones, chicken carcasses and leftover beef bones.
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Ground Coffee

Ground coffee makes brewing your morning cup of joe fast and easy, but you can save a lot of cash by purchasing whole beans and grinding them yourself. You can do a whole bunch at one time, then freeze them for quick use anytime you want a cup of coffee.
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Brown Eggs

According to experts, brown eggs are basically the same as the traditional white ones. The difference has to do with the type of hen that lays the egg rather than the amount of vitamins and minerals that the egg contains. Save your dollars and stick with the least expensive option.
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100-Calorie Snacks

If you’re watching your weight, it pays to count calories and make sure you’re balancing your intake. Instead of buying the preportioned snacks, buy the big bag and portion it out into indvidual bags yourself. It only takes a few minutes, but saves you lots of cash.
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Name Brands

Most of the time, the store brand is the same as the name brand, and are often made by the same company. Opting for the lower cost brand can save you a lot of money on your grocery bill.
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