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17 F*cking Brilliant Food Hacks That Will Save You A Lot Of Money

Save your money for more important more food.

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3. Look at the top and bottom shelves at the grocery store—the eye-level ones stock the priciest stuff.

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Grocery stores put more expensive items on the shelves we see first, so look up and down to spot the deals.


5. Use the microwave to dry leftover herbs.

You're never going to use all of that parsley before it starts it wilt. To preserve its color and flavor, place the herbs between two paper towels and microwave it for a minute or so. Get more info here.


8. To store delicate herbs, place them in cups of water, cover them with plastic wrap, secure with a rubber band, and refrigerate.

9. Avoid the inner aisles at the grocery store and you won't spend as much money.

Grocery stores place essential ingredients—like dairy and produce—on opposite ends of the store so that you're forced to pass through all the aisles and buy more stuff you don't need. Don't get distracted. Shop the perimeter!

10. Never buy an over-ripened avocado again.

Avocados aren't cheap, so it's soul-crushing when you get all the way home to slice open a half-brown sludge vessel. Make sure the avocado ~belly button~ isn't brown and you're good to go.

11. Grate your own cheese.

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Just like with pre-packaged lettuce, grated cheese costs extra $$$ for the convenience. Grate a large hunk of cheese and keep it in a container in the fridge for easy sprinkling.