Is half of your paycheck going to groceries each month? It doesn’t have to.

By following several simple steps people can cut their trips to the grocery store and their food bill in half, according to Steve and Annette Economides, authors of Cut your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family. 

The Economides, who had little money to spend on groceries when they first married, said they were able to feed their family of seven by spending around $350 a month.

The couple said they planned meticulously and were able to get all the food they needed for an entire month by going to two grocery stores and spending four hours shopping just once a month.

“America has forgotten that … planning a menu for your dinners alone, or cutting your grocery store trips even to just once a week, will cut your grocery bill in half right there,” Annette Economides says.

So, how can you start slashing the amount you spend at the grocery store? Here are a few tips from the Economides:

1.    Plan your meals

While planning an entire month of meals may sound daunting, if you want to cut your grocery bill in half, planning is the way to do it.

Start small by planning your meals for a week and move up from that, according to the Economides. And if you’re in the habit of going to the grocery store without a plan, it’s time to rethink your strategy.

“If you write your shopping list on a napkin get an app or a big piece of paper,” Steve Economides said. “Having a preprinted list of all the things you buy is a mental cue to remember to check these things to make sure you have it in stock and get out of the spontaneous and into the planned stage of grocery shopping.”

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SOURCE: Mary Bowerman
USA TODAY Network