you are a young college student, a parent raising a family, a single person balancing
bills and lifestyle or happily retired on a fixed income... finding ways to cut
supermarket spending is always a priority.
good news is that you are not alone. There are plenty of folks who have come up
with great ways to eat well on a small budget and many are willing to share their
secrets with you.
BUDGET REMINDER: Buy cheaper and fresher fruits and vegetables in season:
Just up ahead, check out this expert list of tips that will make any frugal cook happy.
Save money and time with these basic tips for shopping, creating make-ahead meals, and making do with what you've got!
When you make mashed potatoes, make an extra big batch and freeze leftovers in
muffin cups. Once they are frozen transfer to a zipper bag. Just get out as many
as you need and heat up in the microwave.
Use leftover beef stew to make beef pot pie. Just put it into a shallow baking
dish and place a pastry crust on top.
If your recipe says use an 11 x 7 x 2 inch pan and you don't have one, you can
use your 9-inch square baking pan instead and you won't even have to adjust the
When you find chicken on sale, before you put it in the freezer, divide it up in freezer bags and
coat it with seasoning mix. Then it's so easy to just remove as many pieces as
you need to thaw and bake.
5. When comparing prices at your grocery store: it may be cheaper to use squares of semi-sweet
baking chocolate than chocolate chips, when your recipe calls for melted chips.
6. For a thrifty
dip for fresh fruit, add a little brown sugar and some cinnamon to vanilla yogurt.
7. Write your
grocery list on the back of a used envelope. Your coupons go inside the envelope
and every thing's handy!
Save your bacon grease to make a treat for your feathered friends this winter.
Mix some birdseed in and put it in a shallow dish, maybe a leftover plastic meat
tray, and place it in a handy place (for the birds) outside.
Adding a few grains of rice to your salt shaker will absorb moisture and reduce
Buy your fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season and they will be