12 Biggest Shopping Mistakes at the Supermarket

If you’re like most Americans, your monthly grocery spending is eating up a big portion of your budget.

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If you’re like most Americans, your monthly grocery spending is eating up a big portion of your budget. Figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that, on average, a family of four spends up to $1,300 a month on the food it consumes at home. Making matters worse, families may be spending more than they need to because of mistakes they make when shopping at the supermarket.

Here are a dozen reasons people overspend on groceries, according to the shopping experts we consulted. If you’re guilty of any or all of these supermarket blunders, you can save big by mending your ways.

Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor, Kiplinger.com
Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for Kiplinger.com. She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.