10 things not to buy at the grocery store

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    Americans spend a hefty chunk of money at the grocery store. But there are some items the average family can skip buying there.

    According to the latest survey by the government, the cost of providing healthy meals for a family of four ranges from $131 a week for the thriftiest folks to $299 a week for more liberal spenders. Five years ago, the weekly range was between $117 and $266.

    That's a lot of money. Smart shoppers use coupons to shave some dollars off of their weekly bill, but studies have shown that in many cases, coupon clippers end up spending more because they buy things they don't need.

    A better strategy might be to skip buying some items altogether and finding alternatives for others. This list can help you get started. Read on for 10 things you shouldn't buy at the grocery store.

  • Kim Peterson

    Kim Peterson is a financial journalist covering business and the economy. She has written for several online and print publications, including MSN Money and The Seattle Times.