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Your Grocery Bill is Increasing in 2013

By February 18, 2013

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Bad news for moms on a budget. Food prices are on the rise for 2013.

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Grocery shopping is going to be more expensive in 2013.
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That means the foods we love so much are expected to increase 3 to 4% this year. The 2012 drought in the Midwest is to blame, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food prices didn't increase last year and the price of some vegetables and meats actually decreased.

This year, though, meat, cereals, baked goods, corn, soybeans and other grains are expected to take the most significant hit in prices. If you're a paycheck-stretching mom like I am, then this isn't info you and your piggy bank wants to hear.

Now's a good time to go through your coupons and get them organized for maximum savings in the checkout line. While I spent $200 on groceries for my growing family yesterday, I actually pocketed $75 using these great ways to save money on groceries.

It's not easy trying to squeeze every penny out of a dollar. But with prices for just about everything going up, you have to constantly be on the lookout for easy costs to slash from your budget so you're not spending your kids' college funds on food and their day-to-day needs.

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