8 ways to stretch your food budget

Dinner plate with money on itBY TAMEKIA REECE

For years, many people — my mom, sister, my husband and even my son — told me to stop wasting so much food. Even if I had set up a budget for my groceries, throwing away half a piece of chicken here or a handful of grapes there never seemed like such a big deal to me. If I was full, or no longer in the mood for that particular food, I had no problem tossing it.

That is, until I experienced a bad case of sticker shock during a recent trip to the supermarket. The cost of bread, eggs, fish — basically everything I was purchasing — had increased. And, according to the USDA, we can expect prices to rise even higher this year.

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