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May 9, 20081 found this helpful

Here are some tips for saving money on ice cream from the ThriftyFun community. Feel free to post your ideas below.

Lactose Free

My daughter is allergic to lactose, meaning I can't just buy any ice cream on sale. I had been buying rice ice cream and soy ice cream, but it's about $4.50 a QUART! My daughter was 3 last summer, and it seemed wrong to spend all that money for something that she really didn't enjoy.

One day. I saw Breyer's vanilla comes in Lactose Free, and it was the same price as regular Breyer's! I was so happy, I sent Breyer's a thank you e-mail, and they sent me 2 $1.00 coupons! Aside from that, my friend says that the Save-a-Lot premium ice cream is delicious, but I'm funny about trying store brand ice cream.


By LAnBfflo

Combine Coupons and Sales

A good way to save money on designer ice creams like Breyer's and Dryers is to look for manufacturers coupons and then combine that with a sale price. A lot of the nice ice creams cost about $5.00 per half gallon but I can usually get it for $2.50 to $3.00 if I combine a coupon with a sale price.

Try Store Brands

I have found that the store brand ice cream is often as good as some of the name brands. They have lots of flavors now and in some cases, I like the store brand's version better than Breyer's or Dryer's.

Buy Cheap Vanilla

Buy cheap vanilla ice cream in 5 gallon containers and then add your own toppings. You can get chocolate syrup or chop up candy bars that are on sale and make your own designer ice cream flavors. Also, if you have any broken waffle cones, save those as a topping. Waffle cones with hot fudge sauce over vanilla ice cream is delicious.

Ice Cream Cones

Eat ice cream in cones instead of bowls and it will stretch further. Buy small ice cream cones and only put one scoop on top. If you don't like ice cream cones then use small, one scoop bowls instead of soup bowl. Make ice cream a treat, not something you fill up on.

Do you have any ideas for saving money on ice cream? Feel free to share them below.

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May 18, 20040 found this helpful

Is stopping at the ice cream stand getting too expensive? Buy a 1/2 gallon of your favorite ice cream and put out in small dishes: chocolate sprinkles, multi-sprinkles, banana slices, and chocolate sauce (or your favorite sauce). Let everyone pick their toppings. My grandkids look forward to this when visiting us. Our "ice cream social" is fun and very inexpensive. Happy eating!

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March 8, 20050 found this helpful

Sometimes I forget about ice cream in the freezer, and it gets stale -- or develops ice crystals, which make it unappetizing. Does anyone have an idea for ways to use the stale ice cream? I hate throwing it away.


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By Jen (Guest Post)
March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Try using it in smoothies.

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By Elaine (Guest Post)
March 9, 20050 found this helpful

put it in a blender with some milk and make a shake. You can add chocolate syrup or strawberry for a different flavor. If you don't have a blender you can use a fork to mix it up.

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By Linda (Guest Post)
March 10, 20050 found this helpful

Melf it, and use it as a sauce over fresh berries, or over a berry shortacke in stead of whipped cream.

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March 10, 20050 found this helpful

Wow.......I have the totally OPPOSITE problem......I can't seem to forget that I have ice cream in the freezer......even wake up in the middle of the night swearing it's calling me from the freezer. Don't know WHY my hips are this huge. *grin*

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March 11, 20050 found this helpful


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March 16, 20050 found this helpful

After opening a carton, pail, or pint of ice cream, put it back in the freezer upside down. This will keep it from forming ice crystals. I'd read this somewhere, maybe on here, and it's true!! My ice cream tasted as good the 2nd time as it did right after I purchased it!!


Also, ice cream in our household never gets a chance to go stale!! We don't buy ice cream much in the winter months. Summertime, now that's a different story!

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By Ann4 (Guest Post)
April 5, 20050 found this helpful

When you open a carton of ice cream, cover the top of the ice cream with a piece of plastic wrap. Just press the wrap so that it touches the ice cream all the way across. This has always worked for us (I know the crystals you are talking about).

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July 25, 20180 found this helpful

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