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Supermarket Buys That Are a Huge Waste of Money

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Out-of-season produce

Buying summer fruits like strawberries, blueberries and melons in the winter will cost you a pretty penny since they're being shipped from farther away.

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Spices

Chances are, you go through significant amounts of salt, cinnamon and oregano. At the grocery store, each little bottle will run you anywhere from $3 to $5.

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Snack packs

We're all about portion control, but those handy snack packs really pad your grocery bill. "Unfortunately, you're paying a huge premium for the convenience and cuteness factor,"

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Individual servings

Similar to snack packs, Warshaw recommends leaving those individual serving packs of rice, quinoa and macaroni and cheese on the shelf.

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Microwave popcorn

Unless you happen to catch a great sale or have a coupon, a six-pack of microwave popcorn at the supermarket can run upwards of $6.

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Name-brand cereal

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of cereals and other bakery products jumped 6% in the past year, which is why you should buy generic cereal brands instead.

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Bubble bath

After fighting the crowds and unloading the groceries, you may feel your trip to the supermarket has earned you a long soak in the tub.

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Car items

"Just because you can pick up antifreeze or other automotive supplies at the grocery store, it doesn't mean you should," says Birken.

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