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2Convenience is such a big word when it comes to grocery shopping but you have to be careful to determine what convenience means for you. For instance, you can serve instant treats to your children if you get readymade cookie dough and even save $1.00 when you buy 2 packages any variety Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough with a coupon. However there are some things you need to think about like whether getting dried beans or canned ones. The dried is definitely cheaper but if you cannot be bothered to soak them overnight, forget it. The same goes for a bag of brown rice, which is cheaper than a box of instant, but you have to cook it for an hour. Going the do-it-yourself route is indeed economical but it has to make sense for you. For example, get the cheaper and bigger container of plain yogurt than single-serving flavored ones since they will taste the same and you can easily use up the larger container by putting it on smoothies and parfaits. Fresh green beans and salad leaves are easy decisions to pick over the bagged variety. Whole carrots also give you more value for money than the baby ones. Just chop and grate them to add to soups, spaghetti sauces, and salads.