Groceries can add up fast! While we have to eat, we do not have to break the bank to put dinner on the table. Here are a few tips how to bring home the bacon and have some cash left over.

Always shop with a list of exactly what you need, this will help you to stick to it and get only what you came for. A great way to stick to what you need is to pay attention to the aisle banners above each row in the store. Avoid aisle's that don't have items on your list.

The checkout can be a hazard on the wallet, avoid last minute impulse purchases like magazines and candy bars, and whatever else they're trying to sell you. If you have a magazine you tend to keep picking up each month, just subscribe for the year and save yourself at least $20!

One of the best ways to save money on groceries actually happens once the groceries get home. By keeping food waste to a minimum, you can seriously stretch your budget. Use up leftovers quickly (keep a list on the fridge if necessary so you remember what's inside) or freeze them for later use. If you're cooking for just one or two, freeze leftovers in single-size portions, they'll make quick and easy dinners on nights when you're too busy or too tired to cook. If you are cooking for a larger group, simply plan ahead, leftover meats and poultry make great soups and stews for the next night, with only a few vegetables and a can of soup.

Coupons are probably the best way to save on groceries. While you stick to your list, and plan ahead, you can't beat getting a discount on the food you always buy.

Knowing how coupons work is essential, and there are different types of coupons. Manufactures coupons and store coupons are different and for the most part retailers allow both coupons to be used together. This means double the savings.

When it comes to coupons, the key is knowing where to get them. Newspaper flyers and mailers are a great place to find coupons, but the internet is an even better tool. Today some websites offer coupons that you can easily print at home, allowing you to save up to 100% of the items you regularly buy.

Take the time to plan ahead, and follow your plan in the grocery store. But before you get to the store take a minute to clip, or print coupons that can help you bank a few extra dollars.