No-brainer: Click before you shop!
Don't rely on the Sunday paper alone for coupons. Check out CoolSavings.com, Coupons.com, GrocerySmarts.com, SmartSource.com, and Shortcuts.com, as well as manufacturer Web sites like Iams.com and Tide.com.
You can double your savings by using your supermarket bonus club card with coupons on sale items at the store. To find out what's on sale, check out online circulars at www.sundaysaver.com and www.mygrocerydeals.com, or go to supermarket sites.
Try more store brands
They can save you 50 percent or more. And our tests over the years have shown that store brands are often just as good as or even better than name brands.
Pack something for lunch
Just toting one or two items can make a difference. Bringing your own tea bags-roughly 15 cents apiece compared with $1.50 for a cup at the deli-will save $675 if you drink two cups a day five days a week for 50 weeks.
Skip the supermarket one or two weeks a year
Challenge yourself to eat out of your cupboards and use up the forgotten clutter. To figure out how to use that can of mushrooms and those beans, go to sites such as Allrecipes.com and Epicurious.com, where you can plug in ingredients and turn them into tasty meals.
Avoid unnecessary convenience foods
It's OK to buy a rotisserie chicken occasionally, but skip pricey stuff like precut fruits and vegetables, boneless meats, and deli-sliced cheeses.
Haul out the slow cooker
Use it to make cheaper cuts of meat as tender and succulent as pricier ones.
Join a food co-op
They're independent grocery stores and they usually offer local and organic foods. You might have to pay a membership fee and/or volunteer a few hours a month, but you'll get a good discount on fresh food. Go to www.coopdirectory.org or www.localharvest.org/food-coops for info.
Buy wine online
Check out the goods at klwines.com, wineaccess.com, and winemessenger.com. We saved as much as $25 per case in one instance, even with the shipping included.
Make your own coffee
By home brewing instead of buying five 16-ounce to-go cups a week from your favorite coffee shop, you could save $345 a year.
Leave credit cards at home
One study showed that people who used plastic at the checkout spent $10.53 more than those who paid in cash.
Join a warehouse club with a friend
If items are too large, you can split them. In our price comparisons between clubs and supermarkets, we found savings of up to 50 percent at clubs on staples such as paper goods, snacks, meats, cleaners, and drugs.
Shop the big-box stores
If you're not a bulk buyer, make the trip to Walmart or Target. Our price checkers found that those stores can save you 20 to 30 percent or more on many items, including hair and beauty products.