Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How to Lower Your Grocery Bill

Dried Beans
Dry Pasta
Canned Tomatoes
Canned Tomato Sauce
Canned Tuna
Canned Salmon
Peanut Butter
Frozen Vegetables
Frozen Fruit
Frozen Fruit Juice Concentrate

When I look at this list two things occur to me:
1. For the most part, these are the foods I grew up eating in my large family with six kids to feed.
2. These foods are still a good buy for delicious, nutritious and affordable meals.

By planning meals around these items, plus some staples like flour, sugar, salt and spices, and then shopping the weekly specials on fresh meats and produce, you can stretch your food dollar and still eat feed a family with today’s soaring food prices. If you clip coupons, you’ll save even more on items you probably buy frequently:
Soups and stocks
Baking supplies

In fact, you can probably save enough to splurge every now and then on a nice meal at a real sit-down restaurant or an elegant dinner at home.

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses these twelve money-saving food items? I'll share some this week, but I'd love to find hear some of yours too. Leave a comment or email a recipe to me -


Anonymous said...

You know I'm in favor of a well-stocked pantry. The frozen vegetable that gets the most workout in my kitchen is tiny pearl onions -- rather than peeling fresh onions for stew, I use frozen and save time and tears!

Cora said...

Lydia, we just got a freezer last summer and I'm discovering it's even handier than I thought it would be for keeping "frozen" pantry items - like tiny pearl onions.

Maris said...

I'd do just about anything to lower my grocery bill! It definitely helps to buy staples on sale so you always have ingredients for a good meal.

Unknown said...

We are on the same page, Cora! I recently stocked up on many of the items you list.

Ah, don't tell Lydia I just bought a bag of pearl onions. She is always three steps ahead of me!!!