Walk through aisles you don’t use
Dean Drobot/shutterstock The Reader’s Digest Quintessential Guide to Saving Money offers dozens of secrets tricks on how to save money on groceries. First up: Know your store. Whether you actively think about it or not, every grocery store has an aisle or two that has no temptations for you (pet food, paper goods, baby supplies, cosmetics, and so forth). Make that aisle your passageway to the departments you need at the back of the store. Why tempt yourself by using the candy aisle?
Buy chicken whole
Radu Dumitrescu/Shutterstock Never buy chicken parts (breasts, wings) when you can buy the whole thing and make more meals from it, for pennies on the pound. Forget about fancy butchering: Using strong kitchen shears, cut the chicken up the breast bone, up the backbone, and then cut those halves in half again. Cut off wings and legs, and you have the kind of pieces that you’d pay big bucks for.