Swap name brands for store brands
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Private-label brands cut out the middleman—there’s no exchange of money to place the product on the shelf, which lowers costs for you. A half-gallon of store-branded organic milk at ShopRite, for instance, runs $3.89, up to 35 percent less than similar name-brand products. Same goes with online grocers: A half-gallon of Just FreshDirect organic milk is $3.99, while a similar name brand milk costs up to $5.49. Even better? Many private-label products are simply repackaged name-brand ones. Here are other price traps to watch out for at the grocery store.