20 Ways to Save Big on Your Holiday Grocery Bill

Don't let entertaining bust your budget. Our expert grocery shopping tips and tricks will save you beaucoup bucks throughout the holiday season -- and the year to come (21 Photos)

Jennifer Kantor on Nov 7, 2012 at 9:30AM

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20 Ways to Save Big on Your Holiday Grocery Bill

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Snap Up Staples Early

Getting a great deal on cranberry sauce is easy during the holidays. But a great deal on the everyday stuff? Not so much, says Melissa d'Arabian, star of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners. “Holiday staples are usually cheapest during the holidays -- it’s the rest of the groceries that don’t go on sale. The idea is that you’ll buy inexpensive pumpkin puree but then load up the rest of your cart with regular more expensive groceries.” So stock up on your usual staples ahead of time, and pick up your holiday must-haves in the weeks leading up to the big feast.

Speaking of staples, barring any sales, you’ll do better financially buying generic versions of flour, sugar, spices, pasta, napkins, paper towels, vegetable oil, cereal, bread and other essentials, says Warrick. And be sure to snap up your favorite spices and baking items in November -- they typically go on sale right before Thanksgiving, and many can keep for a year, she says.

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