this is really about numbers, ie your money, after all!) 1. According to the US Bureau of Labor statistics, consumer spending on food costs accounts for the 3rd largest expense after housing and transportation. This is a national average and I suspect depending on where you live, this could be your second largest expense. The cost of transportation includes the purchase price of the car so if you did not buy a car this year, your food costs just jumped to your 2nd largest expense. The 2nd or 3rd largest expense…given this is a number that can change each month depending on how you shop (housing and transportation costs are relatively fixed once you buy the house and car) this is a budget category worth paying attention to. So what are some ways to save at the grocery store without cutting back on quality of food or taking on extreme savings strategies? The list below is our tried and true tactics and really just involve implementing a few steps that if followed, will soon become routine. The best part? They really work. After we started following these strategies, our monthly grocery bills were reduced by hundreds per month. Over the course of the year, this is a significant amount of savings and could cover the cost of a wonderful family vacation, a down payment on a car, or multiple other uses.