It seems like each time I go to the store the prices have gone up again.
Everything from apples to zucchini is outrageous in price.
Here are my 15 money-saving ideas. Let’s get started:
1. Every time you go grocery shopping, take a menu with you. Plan your meals two weeks in advance and then write down what you will be cooking that particular week and take the menu with you.
2. Buy only the things you need for the meals that week. This will save you both time and money. Just remember to never go grocery shopping when your tummy is growling at you. Eat before you go so your checkbook will not have its tongue hanging out after you have finished paying.
3. Buy ground meat in the larger package and when you get home with it; divide it up in order to get two meals out of it instead of only one.
4. When you buy grapes, divide them up into snack packs and place them into Glad snack baggies.
5. Make that gallon of milk go farther by adding 1/3 cup of water to one part milk.
6. Use Carnation instant milk in the box.
This is great to use in mashed potatoes and any other dish that calls for the use of milk.
You cannot taste the difference. The instant milk is a fine powder and you just add water to this.
7. Go to your local Dollar store to buy all of your condiments and snacks. You can buy pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, and all sorts of snacks. At a dollar a piece you cannot bat that price at a regular grocery store. Toilet paper and paper towels can also be purchased at a Dollar store.
8. Help make your shampoos last longer by adding water to the bottle as you use the shampoo. You can also do this with your body washes.
9. Instead of buying a package of chicken legs or breasts, you can buy the whole chicken and spend $2.00 less by doing so. You can also use the gizzards and other parts of the chicken to season soups with. If you boil your chicken save the broth and store it in an airtight container and use the broth to add flavor to rice dishes, pasta, and soups. Add chicken broth to mashed potatoes too and bring the flavor out more.
10. Grow your own garden. You can plant lettuce, tomatoes, onions, celery, radishes, and cucumbers. They will be chemical-free too. Nothing tastes better than a fresh veggie right from your own backyard. Cherry red tomatoes are a snap to grow. One little bush will produce tomatoes faster then you can pick them.
11. Grow your own mini lemon tree. Lemons are great to add zest to drinks and cooking dishes.
12. Grow an herb garden indoors or outdoors. You can have an herb garden wither sitting on your kitchen windowsill or if your backyard is big enough you can plant one outdoors. Plant one that is the right size for you.
13. When you buy big bags of chips, instead of leaving the bag of chips sitting around for everyone to dive into when they want a snack what you can do is take Glad snack size baggies and fill several of them with some chips. By doing this each time when someone wants to munch on chips as a snack they can have a baggie of chips and won’t eat the whole bag in one sitting.
14. Do the same for popcorn.
When you buy a box of popcorn and as soon as you are ready to pop some, take one bag from the box, and when the popcorn is popped take several Glad snack size baggies and fill them up with popcorn.
This makes your popcorn last longer and everyone will not eat too much popcorn each time.
15. If your family likes pretzels put some pretzels into Glad snack size baggies and make every bag of pretzels go farther.
What do you think? Have your own ideas to share? Tell me in the comment section below!