It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And the most expensive. This season, you might find yourself hosting your family for holiday meals – and grocery bills add up fast. Luckily, there are ways to save money at the grocery store. First, when making your menu, rely on some inexpensive basics. Some options are eggs, frozen vegetables instead of fresh, bags of rice, and lentils. Second, make a list before you shop – and stick to it. Take your time to price-shop name brand verses off-brand items and check for store coupons online, in the mail, and at the front of the store. And lastly, asking your relatives to bring their favorite dish is a great way to take part of the cost of hosting off your shoulders.

Financial literacy is important for children as they develop and age. Take this opportunity to teach your kids price comparison skills when you make your grocery list this holiday season. After you make the grocery list, you can ask them to help you research the price of each item online and give you an estimate of how much you’re likely to spend. Arvestmoneyskills.com has a lot of excellent free resources to help your children learn all about money this holiday season.