Beyond the Shopping List: Core Concepts for Supermarket Savings

Looking to lower your grocery bill?

Armed with a menu plan and a shopping list, you've taken the first steps toward establishing a grocery budget and are paying less for food.

But for many of us, the process isn't a happy one.

Mornings aren't the same when a favorite coffee blend is replaced with a generic grind, while the family is getting mighty tired of downsized dinners. Sure, you're saving money--but are you getting the most food value for what you spend?

Cutting back on supermarket spending doesn't have to mean an endless diet of ramen noodles!

Smart shoppers understand few simple but powerful concepts to wring the most from their food dollar. Assessing food purchases with an eye to price, sales cycle, serving size and convenience means spending less--and eating better, not just cheaper.

Try these core concepts to rein in supermarket spending ... and save!