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cheap tricks: more cost-cutting tips

Use these helpful hints to stretch your food budget
in this down economy:

Take to the Internet Highway. Click on websites
such as www.tipnut.com for low-cost recipes or even www.amazon.com for inexpensive bulk items that are nonperishable.

Abandon Brand Names. Switch to private-label brands, which are usually a good deal cheaper than name brands.

Forgo Pricey Convenience Foods. It may be tempting to buy produce that is already washed, peeled and cut, but you won’t pay the high premium if you do the dicing yourself (think of it as exercise for the hands and wrists!).

Make It Meatless. Try to integrate at least one vegetarian meal each week into your family’s meal plan. Not only does this save some dough; it is also gentler to the environment, since meat leaves a large carbon footprint on our planet.

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