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How to save money by shopping at a variety of grocery stores?

I am living close to a mall with several grocery stores. I would like to save money on the food I buy. I have tried using apps that show me the best prices, ads, and coupons from multiple stores, but ...
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Why small retail stores ask for ID with a credit card while big don't

Why do small grocery stores in the US ask for my ID with a credit card, while big ones, like Whole Foods or Safe Way, never ask for it. It is not related to buying alcohol)? I know that merchants are ...
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How to prevent myself from buying things I don't want

We all buy stuff from time to time that only satisfies us for a short time. I was able to locate a few expenses that fall under that category. Unfortunately, there are a few products I've wanted to ...
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Cash back at a grocery store; are there disadvantages besides those inherent in cash?

Suppose I need cash. Suppose I also need groceries. I go grocery shopping, and when it comes time to check out I also use that neat cash back thing, where I "spend" $20 off my debit card, and get $...
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How do I tell if I'm overspending on groceries?

I am wondering if I'm spending more than I could be on groceries. I get this impression because some of the individual items seem too expensive: I end up paying almost the cost of a full restaurant ...
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How can I stop wasting food?

I live a pretty busy lifestyle. I'm in my late 20s and go out often and I work a lot as well. I find that I'm always throwing out food. It's mainly becuase I do grocery shopping but I don't know when ...
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For which kinds of products does a generic brand tend to be just as good as a name brand?

Sometimes I buy the generic brand at the super market and it turns out it's just as good as the name brand. Other times, I totally regret buying the generic brand. For which kinds of products do you ...
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How much is a typical food budget per person?

In planning out a budget, what is a realistic amount to budget per person for food expenses per month? EDIT: Thanks to Ether's answer, here's a clarification: What guidelines or warning signs are ...
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What are some good ways to control costs for groceries?

I find groceries to be one area where I have a hard time controlling costs. We want to eat well, buy healthy foods, good cuts of meat, etc. and limit eating out. I find it hard to know what is a ...
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Are warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam's Club worth it?

Are warehouse clubs like Costco and Sam's Club worth it? What's the best way to approach buying at these stores - buying everything there instead of the grocery store, or buying specific things? ...