Consider the following tips when shopping for groceries:

• Shop with a well planned list.

• Eat before you leave for the grocery store which prevents impulse buys.

• Carry a small calculator with you to figure unit prices. Bigger is not always better—it may not be the best price.

• Check the dates on perishable foods. They usually place the freshest towards the back of the case.

• Before taking the first item from the shelf, check behind for lower prices and newer expiration dates.

• Reweigh produce and meat that have been pre-packaged. You may find a discrepancy in weight that will affect the price. Request that it be remarked with the correct weight and price.

• Don’t buy dented or swelled cans which could be spoiled. Check for lids to make sure they are well sealed.

• Purchase fish with clear eyes which means that the fish is fresh.

• Never buy frozen meat that has frost on it—it probably has been refrozen.

• Never keep spoiled produce that you just bought–return it for a refund.

• Pre-seasoned rice and such are more expensive than making your own using spices and herbs.

• The difference between large vs. small eggs can be a small savings. Consider the difference in price.

• Watch the register carefully for possible errors in pricing.