Grocery shopping is expensive. Here are some tips for making every dollar stretch as far as it can.

1. Keep an open mind

Bags of groceries sit on a table. Avoiding crisis cooking, planning a weekly menu, not buying frozen meals, shopping for generic/least expensive brand and collecting coons are some of the ways students can save money on groceries. JORDAN HINCKLEY | Scroll Photography

JORDAN HINCKLEY | Scroll Photography

Don’t have your heart set on a particular brand or color. There are many items that will satisfy your needs at a much better price. Amazon has many groceries available on their site. You might want to check that out and compare the prices.

2. Shop with a buddy

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Having a friend with you will keep things more entertaining as well as keep you on task. With someone there keeping you on task, you are less likely to buy things that aren’t on your list.

3. Have a plan

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Don’t go into a shopping trip without a plan. Without a plan, you don’t know what you want or need. You will be more likely to impulse buy.

4. Have a time limit

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Set a time limit for yourself. This will help keep your shopping trip shorter as well as keep you on task. If you are hurrying through the store, then you are less likely to buy extra items along the way.

5. Pay attention

Photo Illustration by Chase Lawrenson -- The Upper Valley Food Bank collects cans to fill their pantry. According to the press release, there is a large gro of residents in the Rexburg area who are living 130 percent above poverty level, but don’t make enough to pay mortgages, rent and car payments.

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It is a well-known fact that store brands are usually cheaper. This is not always the case. Double check to make sure that you are getting the most out of your money.

6. Coupons

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Many people take coupons for granted. We forget about how much money we could save by using a slip of paper. The Scroll has many great coupons that you can use on local stores. There are also many different websites that have coupons free to use. eBiz