31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #26


TIP #26 – CONSIDER CANNING/PRESERVING FOOD

Now, this is one that I can’t give you a lot of tips on because it’s currently on my list of “things to learn.” My neighbor’s SIL cans tons of tomatoes each summer for chili, casseroles, etc during the winter when the price is higher. I need to take the time to learn how to do this, as I hear it’s easy.

Canning/Preserving foods now can save you money later helping you reduce your grocery budget.

Tune in tomorrow at 9AM for Tip #27.

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #25


TIP #25 – SIMPLY PUT, USE EVERYTHING!

I remember watching the Rachel Ray show before when she’d have these segments called “Bottom of the Jar” recipes. She would take little bits of something that most people would throw out and use it in another recipe.

One of the ones my Mom taught me to use is bottom of the bag Doritos to make this Taco Salad. (To add an extra little kick, use Jalepeno Doritos!)

So before you throw out those “scraps” ask yourself if you couldn’t turn it into something new! By using everything, you’ll start saving on your grocery budget.

Tune in tomorrow at 9AM for Tip #26.

31 Ways To Save On Your Grocery Budget: Tip #24


TIP #24 – ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR GREAT STORE DEALS THAT DON’T NEED COUPONS.

Believe it or not, you can actually get pretty good deals on items at the store without coupons. (Though, the coupons do sweeten the deals!) You just have to keep your eyes open and have your “low inventory lists” handy.

For example, our Jewel has a deal this week on Coke. When you buy 5 Coke products for $11, you’ll get 2 Hillshire Farms lunch meats for FREE. No coupons needed. No catalinas to try not to lose. It’s just deducted automatically on your order. Talk about a sweet deal, right? Grocery stores run deals like this all the time.

By keeping your eyes open and buying up deals for the items you use the most will help you save money on your grocery budget.

Tune in tomorrow at 9AM for Tip #24.

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #23


TIP #23 – BUY YOUR SPICES ELSEWHERE OR GROW YOUR OWN.

Anytime I run out of a spice, I dread having to buy a new one! If I don’t find a good deal on it and I need a new one now, it’s usually a good $3-4 at the grocery store. I then realized that there were off brand spices sold elsewhere at a much reasonable price that were just as good of quality.

Also, when I can, I try to grow my own spices. Herb gardens can be fairly easy to maintain and you always have fresh spices on hand.

Getting spices at a reasonable price or growing your own saves money on your grocery budget!

Tune in tomorrow at 9AM for Tip #24.

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #22


TIP #22 – TRY ALTERNATE STORES LIKE ALDI’S OR WAREHOUSE CLUBS LIKE SAM’S OR COSTCO

Several years ago, I made a trip to Aldi’s and wasn’t overly impressed. But let me tell you, ours has come a long way since then. I still cannot get over the prices on their staple items such as bread and milk and the quality of their produce is top-notch. If you hate to coupon clip and watch sales ads, I would highly recommend you do the bulk of your shopping at a store like Aldi’s.

Another path to check into are warehouse clubs such as Sam’s Wholesale or Costco. They usually put out free one-day passes where you can look around and pick-up any items you may need. You just have to be careful that you are really getting the best price for the amount you are buying. Some items are actually higher there. Overall, these places tend to be the most advantageous to those needing to buy in bulk.

By finding alternative stores to shop at, you can sometimes get really great deals and save on your grocery budget.

Tune in tomorrow at 9AM for Tip #23.

31 Ways To Save On Your Grocery Budget: Tip #21


TIP #21: TRY THE STORE BRAND VERSION OF PRODUCTS.

Without using coupons, it can sometimes be hard to get name brand items at a good price. They have to figure in their Marketing expenses along with that extra padding for the coupons they do distribute. When you buy store brand items, you are sometimes even get almost the exact same product, just with a different label.

I have been slowly testing out some store brands. Some I liked. Some I didn’t. My advice is to try them when they are on sale so you can get the best price in case it doesn’t match the quality you are looking for.

Some of the items I’ve liked are Jewel Pepperoni (for pizzas), Aldi’s Nacho Cheese Chips and for our dogs, Wal-Mart’s Old Roy sticks. What have you tried and liked/disliked?

By veering from brand loyalty, you can get items for less and save money on your grocery budget.

Tune in tomorrow at 9AM for Tip #22.

31 Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget: Tip #20


TIP #20: BE CREATIVE & MAKE YOUR OWN RESTAURANT MEALS AT HOME.

We all have our restaurant favorites—the things that we always like to order when we go out and wished we knew how to make at home. Well, there’s some good news if these restaurants are “chains”…there are recipe sites out there that have posted some of these recipes, as close as they can make them. Test out a few and see if they are good chefs or not and be sure to read the reviews by other readers. Definitely start out with the FREE sites first!

But my all-time favorite site for this is Top Secret Recipes. This used to be a free site but now some recipes are $.79. But I’m OK with that. I like to give back to those that make my life great! :) And $.79 is a cheap price to pay if it keeps you from paying entree price at the restaurant! Also, his recipes seem to be the closest to the real thing. I have several printed copies that I got back when they were free and some of my favorites are his Applebee’s Baked French Onion Soup and Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli. (That last one is FREE still!) And I’m eventually going to try out his Olive Garden’s Alfredo Pasta. (another Freebie!) You can sign-up for his email newsletter and get notified when he’s added his weekly addition.

There are other sites (which I haven’t tried) such as CopyKat Recipes and All-Restaurant Recipes.

Also, go directly to the restaurant site. I was happy to see that one of my favorite restaurants, Bahama Breeze, had some of their recipes online! They have amazing Caribbean food!

Basically, Google your favorite restaurant dish and see if anyone has created a match. Being able to create your favorites at home not only saves you on carry-out/dining expenses but it can also teach you how to be more creative in your own kitchen. Your favorite meals can become regulars in your Weekly Menu Plan. Or save them for special occastions and skip the eating-out expense! All of these things will help you $ave on your grocery (and entertainment!) budget.