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Top 10 Groceries Americans Buy


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Laundry Detergent
While not a food item, laundry detergent consumes a large part of the annual grocery bill.
While not a food item, laundry detergent consumes a large part of the annual grocery bill.
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Americans spend $5 billion a year on laundry detergent. That's a lot of washing. Tired of spending so much on laundry detergent? You could save money by reading the label more carefully. Most liquid detergents come with a cap with interior measurements and the label will advise you what line to fill it to, depending on the load size. If you've been adding a full capful to every load, you've probably been tripling the amount you really need.

If you're intent on saving even more when it comes to clean clothes, be willing to switch to an off-brand or become diligent about your use of coupons. You could also switch to washing in cold water. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 90 percent of the energy used during clothes' washing comes from heating the water.


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