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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Tips on saving money

With the cost of everything sky rocketing lately, I thought I'd share some of my money saving tips, for grocery shopping.

  • meal plan- What is that you ask? Well, every 2 weeks, I look through my pantry and freezer, to see what I have left on hand. Then I sit with the flyers of the 2 grocery stores we shop at, and I plan our dinner menu, for 2 weeks. First I try to come up with dishes using what I have on hand, then I see what is on sale and come up with dishes using that. I write a list of items I need for those specific dishes, if I do not already have them in the house. This helps me from over spending, when I'm at the store. Plus I'm not rushing at the last minute to figure out what's for dinner.
  • Shop the manager's specials in your meat section. This meat is perfectly good. The only reason it is on special, is they only have a certain number of days that they are allowed to sell meat, once it's been cut and packaged. We often pick up $10 steaks, for $3. Use them within a day or two and if you can't, throw it in the freezer, it'll be good for a few months.
  • Don't be afraid of store brands. Now there are certain things I refuse to buy store brand, but beans, pasta, canned tomatoes all taste the same whether they are a name brand or not. Garbage bags, storage bags, cling wrap and foil are also just as good as name brands.
  • Clip coupons. Coupons are your friend. There is no shame in using coupons. My Hubby use to be so embarrassed if I used coupons, until we had children and our grocery bill doubled, LOL. Now he asks if I have the coupons, before we're out the door. Today alone I saved an extra $6.25 on our grocery bill, by using coupons.
  • Shop the sales. Look at those grocery flyers and shop the sales. If you don't get grocery flyers you can check them out online here .
  • Never go shopping when you are hungry. It's sad but true, you always indulge in extra items when you are famished.

I hope these tips can help some of you shave an extra few $$ off your grocery bill. It has helped us out alot and I'm glad I could share these with you.

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