Groceries for a family of four cost an average of $727 to $1,303 a month, not including takeout and restaurant meals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s a big chunk of change. But there are ways to spend less on food and still eat a healthy, nutritious diet. And you may be thrilled to hear that you don’t even need to clip coupons. In fact, experts say, other tactics may save you more money. “I really challenge the assumption that coupons are the primary way to save money,” says Carrie Rocha, founder of Pocket Your Dollars and a mother of two in Minneapolis. What’s more effective than using coupons? Strategic shopping, or buying the things you use when they are on sale, she says. Ideally, you’ll purchase these staple items in large enough quantities to last until the next sale. If done correctly, smart shopping should save you more than buying at full price with coupons. for more of her tips, read the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.