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Many Seeing Gas, Grocery Prices Increase

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You may have noticed prices are on the rise for a number of things like gas and groceries. The spike in prices have many people trying to save money where they can.

"They're both a lot more than they used to be," said Carissa Nissl of Reno. "It definitely seems like your buck doesn't stretch as far as it used to."

Many people told us they've seen the biggest increase while filling up on gas.

"I go through a lot of gas," said Felipe Ugalde of Reno. "I have a small business. I tend to burn through quite a bit. So, definitely, at the pump is where I notice it the most."

It's gone up more than three cents from last week here in the Silver State, and it's affected the way some people drive.

"I used to take a lot of road trips to Sacramento and up to Tahoe," Nissl said. "I definitely don't do that as much, and I pretty much go to work and come home now."

Some general ways to save fuel is to check your tire pressure. Under-inflated tires cause your engine to work harder to keep it moving.

Also, check your air filter to make sure it's clean. Otherwise, a dirty filter restricts the flow of air into the engine, which minimizes your car's performance.

And, clean out your car as much as possible because it burns more fuel, the heavier it is.

As far as shopping for groceries, many tell us they've recently started buying the generic store brands.

"Just because you can get the store stuff for a lot cheaper," Nissl said. "It's usually about the same quality."

"Today, I bought Raley's brand beef brisket instead of the name brand because it was cheaper," said Tim Cramer of Reno.

The United States Department of Agriculture reports beef prices in January averaged out at $3.58 a pound, which was an 18 cent increase from the same time last year.

"I'm really a fan of manager specials," said Lander Kennedy of Reno. "I generally don't buy my meat at regular price. I always do try to find the specials on that."

We also asked people how they save money while grocery shopping, and most say to have a plan before going to the store, and don't stray from your list.

Also, check all of the ads and coupons you get in the mail and newspaper for the latest deals.

We also received a great tip from viewer, Ricci Rodriguez-Elkins: for smartphone users, you can download apps from different grocery stores like Smith's, Safeway and Raley's to get the E-coupons and ads right on your phone. 

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