A visit to the local supermarket can leave you strolling out with empty pockets. Here are four ways to cut costs from your grocery bill.

A visit to the local supermarket can leave you strolling out with empty pockets. So what’s the best way to tackle this chore and actually save a few extra dollars? Here are four ways to cut costs from your grocery bill.

Don’t turn your nose up at store branded products. A quick comparison to name brands will show that most contain the same ingredients. The difference is ALL in the packaging. Try your best not to judge your cereal by its cover.

Be the boss of your own produce and plant yourself an herb garden. Why buy herbs for three to six dollars a bundle when they’ll only last a few meals? Potted plants cost $2.50 to four dollars and can provide the same greens for about eight months.

When you do purchase your fruits and veggies, “in season” equals savings! Some produce isn’t as readily available when out of growing season, which could mean higher prices at the register. Pay attention to the seasonality of fruits and vegetables, and plan ahead. You’ll go bananas with the extra cash in your wallet.

Never underestimate the power of planning. Grab a supermarket sales flyer and decide your weekly meals based on those discounted items. Your meal planning will promote smarter spending and curb your impulse shopping.

These tips may come in handy, but—most importantly—never shop on an empty stomach.