Grocery shopping takes allot of our time and money. With everyone on a budget these days it’s time to cut corners. Just by doing a few simple things we can save some money. Here are several great ideas to help you save money at the grocery store.
First of all you can save money using coupons. They come in the mail sometimes and you can usually find allot of coupons in the Sunday paper. Another wonderful place to find coupons in online. Visit websites and see if they offer any coupons then download and print the coupon. You will find the best deals at the beginning of the month when advertisers release them. Look on websites such as coupons.com. It is always a good idea to call the store you shop at ahead of time to make sure they accept coupons from the internet. Be sure to bring in the whole printed page. Another great idea is to start a coupon swap day. You can do that at work or even at home once every two weeks or once a month with your friends and neighbors. It’s very simple to do this, you get a box and everyone puts in coupons they don’t use. Each time you have your coupon swap a different person goes first. Make sure the coupons are counted and each person can grab the same amount of coupons. Let each person know to always check the expiration date on the coupon before putting it into the box.
Here are some other great money saving ideas: Buy economy packages of things like rice pasta and cereal. Chop your own vegetables. Instead of buying expensive packaged salads, buy the ingredients separately. Skip the preseasoned pasta and rice mixes. Buy plain rice and pasta and add your own seasonings. Always make a grocery list and stick to it. If your on a strict grocery budget bring a calculator along so you can keep track of what you’re spending. Look for less expensive cuts of beef like shoulder roast or beef bottom. They really cook well in a slow cooker. Just add some vegetables and rice and you have a cheap inexpensive meal. Buy big and freeze, large-size family packs of meat are perfect for buying on sale.Canned vegetables are not only easy, but cheap. Check out the frozen food isles for savings. You can save money on fish and poultry that have been flash-frozen (this helps retain its freshness). Dried or frozen fruits are usually a great bargain. Try using powdered or evaporated milk in soups, desserts, casseroles and stews.
Here is a great recipe for a homemade inexpensive summer stew:
Ingredients needed: 1 1/2 pounds of stew meat, two cans of stewed tomatoes, two cups of tomato juice, ten cans of mixed vegetables, two cups of rice. 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper.
Cooking directions: Brown your meat, then add your tomato juice, salt and pepper. Cook for about thirty minutes. Add your canned vegetables, stewed tomatoes and rice. Cover the stew and let it simmer for about thirty minutes. Serve hot with some bread. This is an excellent healthy meal and it is great for those hot summer days. I prefer easy to make soups and salads in the hot summer months.