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Seven Tips to Become a Smarter Grocery Shopper
With much of the country in severe drought conditions, America’s farms are getting hit hard, which means food prices will only continue to rise well into 2013.  Here's how you can protect your wallet from drying up.

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Protect Your Food Costs from Heating Up

Practicing these habits at the grocery store will help keep a lid on your food costs, according to consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch.

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Know When to Buy Local, Organic

Buying local food benefits your local economy, the environment, your wallet and has added health benefits, according to reports. To save money, buy organic foods in season and be selective.

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Buy in Bulk

It can be a little overwhelming shopping in a big warehouse, but it has perks for your bottom line. Make a list of what you need before you go and only include items you know you will eat to avoid any waste. Remember that products like meats and some fruits and vegetables can be frozen for later use.

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Shop Drugstores

Nowadays drugstores aren't just for prescriptions and toiletries, many of them stock their shelves with grocery items like milk, eggs and cereal as well. Woroch says certain items can be 10% less than at supermarkets.  

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Check Out Dollar Stores

From toys to fruits and veggies, you can find almost anything in dollar stores.  Some even carry name-brand products, just be sure to check the expiration dates.

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Clip Coupons

Couponing has swept the nation by storm—but it’s not just limited to clipping them from the Sunday paper. Coupons are easily accessible online through sites such as SaveEveryday.com, phone apps, flyers and email lists.

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Purchase Everything Fresh

Avoid pre-packaged and pre-cut foods-- you not only pay extra but can also lose some nutritional value.

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Get in Touch with Your Inner Betty Crocker

Avoid over-paying at the bakery counter by baking your own treats—this way you know exactly what ingredients were used and your house has that nice fresh-baked smell.

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Seven Tips to Become a Smarter Grocery Shopper

With much of the country in severe drought conditions, America’s farms are getting hit hard, which means food prices will only continue to rise well into 2013.  Here's how you can protect your wallet from drying up.

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