Grocery tips I’ve been learning. October, 2011

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to share some of the neat grocery shopping tips I’ve been finding lately, which are great for single people, and for families alike who want to save a little bit of money.  🙂

For sandwich eaters!  Go to the counter and get fresh cut meat.  If you take a look at the weight prices, unless you’re going high end, it’s actually cheaper to get your lunch meats at the counter.  The pre-packaged kinds have less per weight, and you’re paying for the packaging.  Big surprise there!  Yes, they have coupons.  But they’re generally far more processed, and don’t taste nearly as good!  Also, with the counter, you can get as much or as little as you want, which is good if you like a variety, or want to try something new!

Veggies!  Cut and peel your own baby carrots.  (Most “baby” carrots are just cut and shaped large carrots, anyway.)  Yeah, it takes some time, but you can save some cash in the long run.

Italian!  Shred/grate your own parmesan!  It doesn’t take that long, depending on what you need, and you can put it in your own containers!  It’s one of the ones that keeps for a long time, so it’s worth it, over buying the pre-grated in the plastic containers!

Chicken!  If you have the time, skin and bone your own chicken breasts.  Depending on how much you get/eat chicken, this could end up saving you some money.  If you don’t eat it often, then go buy it pre-done.

Water!  Refill your own water bottles.  You can save around $.72 per bottle if you refill a reusable bottle at home, than buy bottles by single or bulk.  And besides, you’re saving the amount of plastic in the landfills.

Greek Yogurt!  You can make your own for a heck of a lot cheaper than it is to buy the single serve cups.  Use regular yogurt, put a colander in a bowl, line with a clean kitchen towel, then put in the yogurt.  Cool in fridge until it looks like sour cream.  Don’t forcibly strain it, just get what you can into an airtight container and stick it in the fridge.  You can add whatever you want with each serving.

Snacks for kids!  I know it’s nice to have pre-packaged things to just grab to stick in their lunches, but if you take some spare time and pre-package your own from a larger bag, you can save a heck of a lot over time.

Salad!  If you like Romaine…get a head and chop it yourself!  You can save multiple dollars with EVERY purchase by doing this.

Unopened bottled dressings!  They keep in the pantry for up to a year.  If you find them on killer sale, STOCK UP!

Canned goods keep for up to a year!  This one should be a no-brainer.  Compare prices at different stores, and check out the sales and coupons!

Unopened cereal keeps for a year!!!!  So when you see those Buy 5 for $1.88 kinds of deals, check them out!  Not always are they on just the super sugary kid stuff!

Jams, jellies, honey and syrup unopened are also good for a year!  Who knew!  If your honey crystalizes, stick it in a warm bowl of water.  Good as new!

Peanut butter only keeps for 6 months, but hey, that’s not so bad!

Pasta is good for two years!  See a killer sale, STOCK UP!

White rice will keep for a year, if properly packaged!  Transfer your rice into solid, air-tight containers for the best keeping!  Do not leave them in the bags!

Now, here’s some neat time frames for the freezer.

Meats:  Beef/steak – 6-12 months, Fish – 2-6 months, Lunch Meat – 1-2 months, Whole Poultry – 1 year!, Ground meat – 3-4 months

Bread:  Up to a year!

Butter:  6-9 months

Produce: Up to a year!  Now, for this…sometimes getting things pre-frozen is a great idea, because they’re picked at the freshest point and flash frozen!  But if you find a good deal on some of the fresh stuff, you can wash, then pat dry a lot of produce to freeze.

Here’s something I found particularly interesting!  If you find a good deal on your favorite yogurts, you can freeze some of it up to 3 months!  Hard and semi-firm cheeses will keep for up to 6 months and butter keeps up to 9 months!

If you like making cheese sauces and casseroles, go to the deli counter and ask for leftover chunks on the cheap!


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Wife, student, new first time mother. Crafter and creator. Animal enthusiast. I had a miscarriage in March 2011. But we tried again. March, 2012 was the birth of my first child. Off and on I have been dabbling with small business, trying to get it off the ground since, every so often changing direction.

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