Paying for food and common household staples is just a part of life, but there’s no reason to pay more than you need to. Indeed, there are a lot of ways you’re wasting money at the grocery store, and not in the obvious ways like picking up items on the aisle endcaps or walking in hungry. You can throw away your hard-earned dollars just by paying the listed retail price for basic groceries and home goods.
Kitchen staples like milk, eggs and butter rarely — if ever — go on sale. But shelf-stable products, freezer aisle favorites and common household items are frequently available at a discount. If you shop seasonally and know how to optimize coupons and sales, you can seriously reduce the price of your grocery bill.