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3. Buy Less Prepared Food

According to the Food Marketing Institute, about 28 percent of shoppers don’t know what they are having just two hours before a meal. American workers have less time to plan and prepare meals. This has led to an increase in the popularity of “fresh prepared foods” at local markets. These foods are generally healthier than some frozen foods options and, although they are time savers, come at a significant price.

Cook from scratch whenever possible. Make freezable items ahead and defrost as needed. You may find that you are eating simpler, healthier meals while saving big money on your weekly food budget.