1. Plan menus in advance. This habit can save money and time.
2. Make a shopping list and stick to it. This prevents frequent trips to the store.
3. Use coupons. Check the newspaper or in-store advertisements.
4. Buy sale items only if you need them. A sale is a bargain only if you need the item and will use it before it goes bad.
5. Compare prices of different product brands. Use store brands instead of "name" brands.
6. Limit your spending on empty calorie foods and beverages, such as sodas, cookies, and candies.
7. Eat at home more often. Eating out is costly.
8. When you have to eat out try having appetizers or dessert at home.
9. Eat before you shop. This should help you think clearer and make better food choices.
10. Shop alone whenever possible. It is easier to stick to items on your shopping list if you do not have children or others with you.
Source: Ingrid Adams, Extension Specialist for Food and Nutrition, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture