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Trying to save money? Buy groceries more often

Food industry experts say shopping more often means you only buy what you need when you need it, cutting back on waste and saving money.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you're looking for an easy way to save some money, all you need to do is take a few more trips to the grocery store. 

Food industry experts say more trips to the supermarket means you'll actually only buy what you really need when you need it, thus eliminating unnecessary spending on snacks and foods you'll probably just stash in the pantry, anyway. This also cuts back on waste because you won't buy products in bulk just to throw them out when they expire. 

According to SaveTheFood.com, 40% of all food in America is wasted and the average consumer wastes about 20 pounds of food a month. 

Seattle-based registered dietician nutritionist Angel Planells says shopping more often isn't just a way to cut down on waste, it's also smarter. 

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For example, instead of buying an entire bag of apples, only buy the two or three you'll eat. That saves you money and you'll be more in control of your impact on the environment. 

“Buying for the day or buying for a couple days, you’re less likely to overconsume, and less likely to waste food,” Planells told HuffPost. “I think it’s complicated because we like to get a good value, but I think many consumers aren’t knowledgeable about the amount of food waste we have.” 

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