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Five easy ways to save on your food bill

Clipping coupons from your local newspaper can save on groceries, but here are five more ways to cut back and save a few bucks.

  1. Meatless Monday: This trend to serve one vegetarian meal per week saves money and helps the environment.
  2. Do-it-yourself pizza crust: A 2-pound bag of yeast costs less than a delivery pizza and lasts more than a year in the freezer. 
  3. Meal planning: Check weekly sales online then select meals. Shop with a list to avoid buying $200 worth of groceries only to find there’s still nothing for dinner.
  4. Add veggies: Stretch ground beef by adding extra black beans on taco night or mushrooms to spaghetti.
  5. Waste not, want not: About 40 percent of food that is produced is never eaten, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Eat fresh produce quickly — and remember those leftovers!