A new report from Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council found misunderstandings about food dates which contributes significantly to food waste in the United States.

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Video 1 - Customers Search for Savings at Salvage Grocery Stores

Video: Grocery prices have shot up faster than we’ve seen in decades. The latest Consumer Price Index for North Texas showed prices for food at home rose 16.8% from September 2021 to September 2022. That’s the biggest 12-month increase in 48 years.

The NBC 5 Responds team spoke to North Texans who are looking for other options in surplus and salvage grocery stores.

Video 2 - Confusing Dates on Food May be Costing You Money

Video: TODAY’s Jeff Rossen investigates a new study that says those “sell by” and “use by” dates on foods aren’t what consumers think they are, leading them to discard foods that may be still good weeks, months or even years past those dates.

Video 3- "Salvage" Grocery Stores Offer Wall-To-Wall Discounts

Video: NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – There’s an easy, instant way to cut your grocery bill by half, but it’s not without a catch.

Video 4 - Discount Supermarkets Offer Huge Savings By Selling Expired Food

Video: Grocery bills can be more 10 percent of American’s household expenses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But when buying items on sale or using coupons isn’t enough, some shop at discount or salvage grocery stores. What’s that, you ask?

Video 5 - Get the "Real Answers" On What Those Food Expiration Labels Mean

Video: If you think you need to throw out the food in your fridge after the expiration dates have passed, think again.

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Make a dent in your monthly grocery expenses – simply change where you shop.

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There are plenty of ways to shave small amounts off of your total grocery bill. For Texas families trying to make money stretch, though, these small savings may not be enough to make a difference. Thankfully, there is an easy way to make a serious dent in your monthly grocery expenses – and it is as simple as changing where you shop.