Want to show off your best cheapskate skills in the grocery aisles?
The Arizona Farm Bureau compiled a list of money saving tips. Here's our top 10:
1. Get organized
Are you the person with three open ketchup bottles in the refrigerator? If so, get it together. Sort your pantry so you know what you have and what not to duplicate.
2. Plan a menu for the week
Create your shopping list based on grocery store circulars.
3. Stick to your list
Curb impulse buys spending by staying on task.
4. Don't go hungry
You've heard it a million times. According to the farm bureau, you might spend 10 to 15 percent more if you shop on an empty stomach.
5. Leave the kids at home
If you have a hard time saying no, it's best to not take them shopping.
6. Stay on the perimeter.
While the staples like dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables can take up the bulk of your budget, you get more and it's healthier
7. Study the circulars
You'll learn the general cost of items you typically buy and find the store with the best prices. Take advantage of weekly advertised specials, especially on non-perishables.
8. Don't buy something just because you have a coupon
Don't buy things you don't need just because the coupon shaves off some of the cost.
9. Buying frozen sometimes makes sense
Frozen vegetables are less expensive and will keep longer. It's worth a trip down the frozen aisle if you want to buy ingredients, but not use them right away.
10. Be flexible at the meat and produce counters.
Sometimes there are deals you'll only find if you're in the store. Look for meat markdowns and unadvertised in-store specials.