If a trip to the supermarket doesn’t make you sick, you may not be paying attention to prices. Food costs are increasing by leaps and bounds and, we’re hearing from those in the know, there’s no relief on the horizon.

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For some grocery buyers, coupons are the method of choice they use to keep their food costs under control. But that doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, it works well for a very small number of people who have the temperament and commitment to couponing as a part-time job.

There’s another way to keep food costs down: Use it up.

The average American doesn’t eat 20 percent of the food he or she purchases, and every household throws away an average of $2,200 of food each year, according to a report from the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group.

With the cost of food soaring, now is a good time to rekindle the fine art of leftovers!

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