People spend more than $400 billion a year at the supermarket. But you can cut your grocery bill by thousands of dollars a year. No, we're not just talking about coupons and store savings cards. Consumer Reports has a lot of simple strategies that can add up to big savings at the checkout counter.
The average consumer spends almost 100 dollars a week at the supermarket.
But if you're a savvy shopper, you can save a lot of money.
Leslie Ware and Audrey Farolino (PRON: fare-oh-LEEN-oh) recently tested out Consumer Reports' shopping wisdom.
"Audrey and I went to the supermarket together and we bought the same kinds of items in the same quantity. But I shopped without a care for price and Audrey used all her shopping smarts."
They started out in the vegetable aisle.
"In the produce section I was really surprised to find how much convenience can cost you."
Audrey bought two bunches of broccoli and a bag of carrots. Leslie went for bags of precut vegetables. Audrey's savings — more than 13 dollars.
Another way Audrey saved was by choosing off brand cookies and store brand peanut butter versus national brands. Almost another six dollars in savings