The next time you go to the grocery, hang on to your receipt and circle the most expensive items. Then, consider lower-cost alternatives for those items to rack up real savings on future shopping trips. For instance, red meat -- as you probably know -- isn't cheap. A package of four sirloin steaks costs three times as much as a package of four chicken breasts.
Other budget busters are organic items and pricey cheeses. But you can lower the cost of these items if you comparison shop, opt for generic brands, buy produce only when it's in season and become more selective about the items you buy
. For example, consider buying organic only for produce that is most susceptible to pesticide residue (see the Environmental Working Group’s list of the dirty dozen
). As for the fancy cheese, consider it a treat and buy it sparingly.
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