Swap name brands for store brands
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Private-label brands cut out the middleman—there’s no exchange of money to place the product on the shelf, which lowers costs for you. A half-gallon of store-branded organic milk at ShopRite, for instance, runs $3.89, up to 35 percent less than similar name-brand products. Same goes with online grocers: A half-gallon of Just FreshDirect organic milk is $3.99, while a similar name brand milk costs up to $5.49. Even better? Many private-label products are simply repackaged name-brand ones. Here are other price traps to watch out for at the grocery store.
Swap meat-containing meals for vegetarian ones
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Going meatless for a meal or two a week can save big bucks, especially when you’re feeding a whole family. Opting for eggs as a meal’s protein instead of ground beef, for example, saves $.15 per ounce, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Go ahead and give a vegetarian dinner recipe a try. Or check out these recipes with eggs that aren’t for breakfast.
Swap some pricey produce for lower-cost fruits and veggies
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Watermelon, bananas, and carrots all cost less than 30 cents per cup, while apples and onions fall below 45 cents per cup, found a report by the USDA. On the other hand, broccoli runs 72 cents per cup, while strawberries are 80 cents per cup.