I find I save the most money on groceries with the following ideas:
I don't believe in stocking up on sale items too much, since I learned from a supermarket chain that most sales run on a 3-4 week cycle, so the sale will return again. Of course if it's fresh, seasonal food, that may be an exception. You need to be prepared to freeze, dehydrate or preserve extra if you buy fresh in bulk!
It's my personal treat on shopping day. Sometimes I buy a few whole rotisserie chickens and freeze them right in their containers for future quick, inexpensive meals! I place them in a pan in a low oven for a while and they are great. Good cold too.
These are just a few hints of a veteran grocery shopper and chef. ; )
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I know this seems obvious, but how many times have you bought something on sale just because it's a really good deal? You think, "I'll find a way to use this," but it's more likely to sit in your pantry until it's past the date.
In our household, we usually plan our cooking based on what we have leftover at home, cravings/meal requests and the circular weekly ads. There are a couple of stores where you can "double dip" circular weekly ad sales.
Armed with your list, pick up frozen food first. Yes, it sounds crazy, but knowing that your frozen items might melt, you will now be propelled through the market and out the door.
When I make my grocery list, I put how much I'm willing to spend next to each item. If I catch something on sale or have a coupon for it, it's like a hidden treasure. I put the difference in savings. Also, I keep my lists in a spiral noteook. I can look back to see how much I paid for an item, and I can usually tell what items I have on hand so I don't buy stuff I already have.
Buying produce on sale and preserving it, making your own soup bases, and purchasing clearance items are just some of the ways you can save money in the kitchen. This is a page about becoming more DIY in the kitchen.
This is a page about feeding your family for less. The food costs for feeding a family can be a strain on many budgets.