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Grocery shopping can get expensive, especially if you’re used to intuitively roaming around the grocery store on an empty stomach. Thankfully, we’ve come up with these 5 crucial tips to help you stick to your budget without skipping any meals. Follow these now, and your wallet will thank you.

Shop In Season

Buying fresh produce while it is in-season will help you save money on grocery costs. This is because most grocery stores will discount the price of fresh fruits and vegetables when they are plentiful. Even better, you’ll be fueling your body with healthy foods instead of processed junk.

Don’t Skip The Dollar Store

Obviously, you can’t do all your shopping at dollar stores. However, you can save money by buying household essentials that are usually cheaper at the discount store than regular shopping centers. Think toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and other nonperishables. Pro tip: If you’re planning a party, dollar stores usually have decorations, disposable utensils, and more for cheap.

Split The Membership

Bulk stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club have great deals, but they come with a price. Membership fees can be costly, so consider splitting them with a friend. You can even split other bulk items you’ve purchased to get the best unit price possible. After all, who really needs all 10 boxes of spaghetti after a trip to Costco?

Break Day Old Bread

Bakeries typically throw baked goods away if they’re old or stale. Before they do that, they will usually offer the items at a discounted price when they are one day old. Not only are these items still good, but they come in plentiful varieties such as loaves of bread, cookies, cakes, and muffins.

Buy In Bulk

Purchasing items from the bulk section of your grocery store will decrease your costs dramatically. This is because you’re buying only the actual grocery items instead of paying for packaging. What’s more is you’ll avoid producing more waste products than necessary. Don’t overdo it, though. Just because candy is sold in bulk doesn’t mean you have to buy it!