The time of giving is approaching, which might mean spending a little extra on your friends and loved ones. But, with those dollars spoken for, it’s a lot easier to fall back on cheap, unhealthy food options to help curb the cost. These money-saving grocery tips will have you seeing some more green this holiday season.

1. Plan your meals around what’s on sale.

Check each store’s weekly flyer for healthier items, then find a recipe using those items. You can also adjust it as needed, so that you’ll have leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.

2. While you’re at it, price match.

Take advantage of this great policy when you can. Some stores will offer to lower their prices on certain items to keep up with competitors.

3. Buy dry, frozen, canned or in season.

These options are just as good and can save you a couple of bucks.

4. Choose store brands.

You’ll be getting the same quality for a smarter price.

5. Bulk bins are your new best friend.

You can get flour and spices for a better value in bulk. Plus, you only have to buy what you really need.

6. Stick to the list.

This is important, because it’ll save you from being tempted. Also, be sure to eat before you go, so that you’re not shopping on an empty stomach.

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7. Take advantage of the points card.

It adds up. Before you know it, you’ll be cashing in your rewards or getting even better deals on exclusive items.

8. B.Y.O.B.

Bring your own bags. It’s only a few cents, but in the long run, it’s better for the environment and your wallet.

9. Freeze it.

Found a great deal on meat or bread, but don’t think you can use it all at once? Divide it into portions and freeze the rest for later.

10. Make your own dressings, sauces and marinades.

Not only will it save you money, but you’ll also be able to keep track of the ingredients.

11. Don’t give up on your green thumb.

Your backyard might be out of commission for the winter, but that doesn’t rule out your kitchen. Start an indoor herb garden next to the sunniest window for fresh ones all year round.

12. Keep track.

If something you’ve bought goes to waste, make a note to use it first, buy less or skip it next time. Also, don’t forget to use up what you have before buying more.

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