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Your Money: How To Save On Groceries

A woman buys locally grown produce at a farmers market in downtown San Diego.

Photo by Katie Orr

Above: A woman buys locally grown produce at a farmers market in downtown San Diego.

How much do you spend each week on food? It’s not a fixed expense like your house or car payment, so you have some control over how much you spend. But how can you control it?

As KPBS Midday Edition's series on personal finance continues, we explore how to pare down costs at the grocery store.

Callie Brust is a registered dietician and director of programs at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center.

Brust joined Midday Edition Tuesday to discuss ways to save money on food.

Here are a few of the tips she shared:

–Plan your meals based on what produce is in season. When a certain fruit or vegetable is in season there is an increased surplus, which lowers the cost of the particular fruit or vegetable.

–Plan your meals based on what is advertised as being on sale in your grocery store's weekly circular.

–Make friends with the staff at your grocery store. They can tell you when new produce comes in and when meat will go on sale.

–Be aware of product placement. On-sale items are typically displayed with more expensive items that pair well with the on-sale item.

Online resources to help you save money on food:

FoodKeeper App

Flipp

Listen to the full interview:

Your Money: How To Save Money On Food

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Callie Brust, registered dietician and director of programs, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

Transcript

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