Make a roast one night. The next you could either make pulled pork out of the left overs or even lasagna. You save by not having to spend so much in meats and you always make sure that your left overs are used.
By Teresa L S. from Campbellsville, KY
Try to buy things with the least amount of ingredients in them. If you want chocolate milk, buy plain milk and cocoa powder. The same goes for "helper" and frozen pre-made meals. Buy the separate ingredients, i.e. herbs, spices, pasta/rice, etc. You have more versatility and healthier items. If you have a hard time pronouncing what the chemicals in the package are, do you really want to eat it?
And don't pay for the fancy packaging. Buy your own block of cheese, box of crackers, and bologna and you will be able to make your own lunch. What's more fun, buying a package or making fresh cookies with the kids. I never got that wonderful aroma of fresh baking cookies or cakes from a package. Once you get used to your pantry being stocked with basics, you will find you have more selection in your meal planning, and a much healthier choice, too!
By Maile from Onalaska
By Denise from Tuscola, IL
Better yet, we raise our own chickens and turkeys as well. We pasture our birds so they live happier, healthier lives and we end up with healthier, leaner meat with more flavor and nicer texture (unlike mushy, confinement-raised chicken and turkey)!
By zoelle from MA
They had the box of 8 bars 2/$5. If you bought 4 boxes, $10 total, you got $4 back at the register. Then, we had $.50 coupons on 2 boxes, which the stores in my area double, so worth $1 each. The coupons were worth $2.
So, this is how it played out:
By Betty from Williamston, SC
And to take savings a step further, I will be using the canner to get a longer "shelf life" from my savings.
Source: I learned how to can from my grandmother.
By missysmom from Nokomis, AL
When it comes to saving money on groceries, planning makes all the difference! Planning your family's meals can not only save you money, but time and effort as well. Post your ideas for saving money on meals below.
We often do a meatless meal at least once a week. We use beans, soups, eggs, and pasta meals. Soups can use a meat broth and lots of filling vegetables to be satisfying and served with a salad and a crusty bread, you will feel very satisfied with this meal. A hearty bean soup, again, I use a powdered meat flavor for the base to make my husband think meat had been used, and the beans and onions and carrots and celery give a filling meal. Tacos, enchilladas, and any type of wrap are good with beans as your base. I love scrambled eggs with lots of chopped up veggies and a lowfat cheese in them.
You can make omelets, but I find that they are just as well loved as just scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese. Add a potato patty or some home made home fries with onions and peppers and your meal can be complete. Be creative and see what is acceptable to your family. They may have ideas as well. We even do an omelet pizza, no not a breakfast pizza with eggs; we have no crust. We put many beaten eggs into a well greased pan with anything you would put on a meatless pizza (yep, even tomatoes and broccoli if you so like) we let them cook and start to set up without stirring and then pour on some pizza sauce, sprinkle on cheese and put a top on it all to melt the cheese and warm through the sauce. It's very good. Serve in the frying pan and cut into wedges just like a pizza!