Prices have gone up AGAIN!
I learned to be thrifty from my mother and grandmother, who lived through the Great Depression.
And, even though we like to eat well...and I mean well...I'm usually pretty careful with my food budget.
Here are some ways I save money on groceries:
1. Be flexible
Make a list, but be flexible. I make a general list...milk, veggies, meat, etc.
If I see something on sale that I can use, then I buy it, and plan my meals around that.
Also, DON'T be a picky eater.
You can look at me and tell I'm not. :)
2. Study the grocery store ads.
I don't run from one store to another. I save time and money by looking at the stores ads online, before I leave home.
Sometimes, stores have sales that aren't listed in their weekly ads...manager's specials, etc. So, check when you get there.
3. Stock up when things are on sale.
Most grocery store chains run sales every 6-8 weeks.
Yesterday, cereal was on sale for $1.99, so I bought six boxes. That should last us until it goes on again in 6 or 8 weeks.
4. I buy mostly store brands.
Most of the time they're less expensive than name brands, but I always check the price to make sure.
Sometimes, name brands are cheaper. If I have coupons I use them, but do not buy something just because I have a coupon.
5. I buy bread at the dollar store.
This is a new one for me.
I recently found that our favorite brand of bread, which is $3.28 at the grocery store, is $1 at Dollar Tree!
I asked the DT associate what day the bread is delivered, and go on that day, for a better selection.
We don't eat a lot of sandwiches, so I put the bread in the freezer. When I need a couple of slices, I take out what I need and thaw them. You can thaw them in the microwave for a few seconds on 50% power.
6. Buy in bulk.
Canned goods, paper products, and pasta, all keep just as well on my pantry shelf as they do on the store shelf.
I buy a whole pork loin on sale, and either cut it into chops, or have the butcher do it. The same with whole chickens. Most meat departments will cut it for free.
7. I rarely throw out good food.
Potato chips or slightly stale crackers can be crushed and used as toppings on casseroles.
Have a tablespoon or two of something that's left from a meal, but not enough for another meal?
I save small amounts in the freezer to be used later, in a casserole or soup.
Bread heels can be made into bread crumbs, croutons, or bread pudding.
Bits of left over cooked chicken or ham can be added to rice or pasta, or shredded and mixed with mayonnaise, to make chicken or ham salad.
8. Use less meat.
I use a little less meat than the recipe calls for in casseroles and spaghetti sauce. No one in my family ever notices the difference.
9. I shop for non grocery items at "big box" stores, unless they're on sale, for a better price, at the grocery store.
I also buy generic/house brands when possible.
10. Prevent strawberries from spoiling.
Strawberries are on sale now, but left in the carton, they seem to go bad almost overnight in the fridge.
So, as soon as I get them home, I wash and hull them, and cut them in halves or quarters. Then, I put them in a plastic container, with a sprinkle or two of sugar...or as much as you like.
They then can be used for cereal, or frozen for later use in strawberry cobbler, etc.
Do y'all have any tips for saving money at the grocery store?
Let me know...I'd love to hear them.
Saving money on groceries makes me happy...so does the Senior Day discount. ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope y'all have a happy and safe Memorial Day.
God bless our service men and women, who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, and God bless America.
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