Monday, January 5, 2009

Grocery Saving Ideas

We are truly a country of waste.
Here are a few simple ideas for saving on food spending. It can add up before you know it.

Try to eat at home as much as possible. If that is a problem start by eating at home one more time a week than you do now.
You can cut the cost of the meal in half or maybe more. Multiply that by 52 weeks and that can be a nice savings.
Try to eat at home more than you eat out.

We also tend to let a lot of food spoil so don't buy more than you will use. Keep your refrigerator up to date and put the things with the shorter shelf life to the front. Plan for the week based on what you need to use in the refrigerator before you go to the store.
Wrap cheeses in foil after it is opened because the plastic causes mold to form quicker.

To revive limp lettuce remove the core, cover the lettuce in a bowl of cold water with the juice of 1/2 lemon and refrigerate for 1 hour. I haven't tried this but it comes from "The Complete Idiot's Guide to 20-Minute Meals."

Don't throw out hardened brown sugar. Just put a slice of apple in with it and seal it in an airtight container until it softens.

Have one vegetarian meal a week or cut back slightly on your serving size of meat and add more vegetables and there will be some saving that way also.

Cut back on the use of individual sized servings as juice cups or fruit cups. It is much more economical to but a larger size and divide it into reusable individual containers at home.

1 comment:

Michele said...

These are GREAT tips. I agree that we are so very WASTEFUL. It really makes me have a sick feeling if I think on it too long. Thanks for all the great tips - things that I have not done before and will start implementing.