The turbulent economy took center stage this year as the inflated cost of living dictated everything from what consumers ate to where they shopped. As Americans put down their restaurant forks and dusted off their cookbooks to make ends meet, supermarkets held their hands through the unfamiliar process by highlighting recipes with per-serving costs in the $2.50 to $4 range. Retailers like Meijer, with the launch of its online Mealbox planning tool, also simplified shopping by helping ...

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