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Who else is trying to keep their budget in check while still feeding their family healthy meals… that they want to eat? I know I’m not the only one!
I’ve thought about what I do…and what I can do better to accomplish this daunting task! And here is what I’ve come up with to save money and keep good food on the table!
- Plan your meals. But don’t just plan them…plan meals according to what is on sale…not what you feel like eating. Let’s face it…we can’t eat steak every night just because it’s on the menu!
- Stock up on loss leaders. When items go on sale that you know you use on a regular basis…stock up! I know when our favorite peanut butter goes on sale I will buy 20 jars (and yes…I’ve even been known to go back to the store the same week to get more when they don’t have enough on the shelves!)
- Use a price book. I think I will remember…everything! But, I have learned that unless I write something down there is a very good chance that I will forget it! I write down the prices of items I buy so I can tell if I’m really getting a good deal or not.
- Make a list of easy to prepare meals that your family likes to eat (mine include baked potatoes, spaghetti with store bought sauce, bean burritos, and quesadillas.)
- Buy meat in bulk when it is on sale. I really like purchasing my chicken and ground beef from Zaycon. Plus…they often send out sales in their emails…and of course, that is when I buy!
- Prepare meals for your freezer. I admit…if you are not used to purchasing your meat in bulk (like I do with Zaycon) it can be overwhelming. I have learned to create a plan before my order arrives… and not schedule anything on the day I pick it up. Then I have the day to prepare meals for my freezer. It saves me time and money to have these meals in my freezer ready to cook.
- Use meat as a condiment not the main feature. I’m not a huge meat eater, so this is the way I prefer to eat anyway…but it’s a bonus when you are trying to save a few bucks. Serve meat as an ingredient on a salad, in soup, or just part of the meal without it being the main attraction.
- If you use coupons…compare to other brands first to make sure you are really getting a good deal. And be sure to compare the unit prices!
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