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Are you a super market shopper?

Buying in-season produce can help you save money in the long run.

If you want to be a smart consumer, it’s important to plan before you go grocery shopping.

To help you save money and avoid buying items you don’t really need, the USPS Wellness team suggests making a list before going to the store.

Here are some tips for every aisle:

• Fruits and vegetables: Buy in-season produce — it’s frequently the less expensive option. Frozen fruits and vegetables last much longer than fresh food.

• Grains: Make sure half your grains are whole grains, which are more healthful than the processed kind. Choose hot cereals like plain, unflavored oatmeal.

• Proteins: Buy family-sized or value pack meat and poultry and freeze what you don’t use. Eggs are a good, affordable source of protein.

• Dairy: When it comes to cheese, look for reduced fat or low-fat options. Check the sell-by date to make sure the item isn’t spoiled.

The Wellness LiteBlue page has more tips and suggestions.

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