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Know of any tips on ways to cut costs on food, recipes, ANYTHING??

My husband has been laid off for a year and even though we have felt the affects from the beginning we are REALLY feeling it now around holiday season. Any tips at all would be great and despretly needed!

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AmyLynn5398

Asked by AmyLynn5398 at 2:42 PM on Dec. 14, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • Buy the off brands. When you make food make stuff like casseroles or spaghetti stuff that you will have left overs for tomorrow.
    armywife2009101

    Answer by armywife2009101 at 2:44 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • try out meal planning! I noticed it really saves the wallet. Plan out some meals for the week and only get the ingredients you need at the store. Bring a list and focus only on the list! That alone can save you some money. When we are tight on money, we are happy with a box of pasta, canned tomatoes and herbs as a meal! Casseroles are easy to make and easy on the wallet. you pretty much need some flour or bread crumbs, eggs, milk, a veggie and voila!
    Owl_Feather

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 2:46 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • also buying bulk and making maybe two or three casseroles and putting two in the freezer for next week can really help.
    angevil53

    Answer by angevil53 at 2:50 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • become a vegetarian, veggies are real inexpensive compared to meats.
    Christina2135

    Answer by Christina2135 at 2:50 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • Make at least some of your own cleaning products. This has the added bonus of bringing fewer toxins into your home.!

    This is what we use for most cleaning (initially used as part of my daughter's 6th grade science fair project). It is cheap (my favorite) and non toxic.
    ¼ cup white vinegar
    ¾ cup warm tap water
    1 tablespoon baking soda
    10 drops of tea tree oil (antibacterial, antifungal, etc.)
    2 drops oil of lavender essential oil (antiseptic and smells nice)
    Stop buying paper towels and napkins. Cloth napkins are more fun! Pick up cheap cotton towels at your favorite second hand shop. Save money and trees!!
    Past the age of 2, the only beverage that humans need is water. Stop buying juice and sodas; buy milks only for cooking and cereal. You can liven up water with slices of fruits and vegetables; make ice cubes with blueberry eyeballs for the kids.

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    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:51 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • Replace meats with beans, lentils, seitan, etc. You can save even more money by using dried beans and lentils and
    making your own seitan.

    Cook from scratch.! Home cooked foods taste so much better than the nasty boxed stuff, and you will feel better because you are eating healthier foods!!

    Replace simple grains (white flour, white rice, white pasta, etc.) with whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole grain breads, etc.). While whole grains may cost more, they have more nutrition and are more filling, so they really are the better value.

    Frozen fruits and vegetables have a longer shelf life than fresh and retain their nutrition longer; they are often a better, less expensive option than fresh.

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    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:51 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • Once or twice a week have breakfast for dinner. Popular options at my house are: yogurt parfaits with frozen berries and whole grain cereal; veggies omelettes with a bit of cheese and whole grain toast; whole grain pancakes with fruit.

    Instead of baking a whole batch of cookies, make and freeze cookie dough balls. No one will be tempted to sneak a cookie(you know who you are) and when you do have cookies they will be fresh baked.
    Only go to the grocery store every 8 days. Before you shop, plan all of your meals and snacks for the next 8 days. Write your list, based on what you need to complete your meal plan. Pull any necessary coupons, eat before you go (never go to the grocery store hungry). Most important, buy only what is on your list. The specials at the store are not to save you money, they are to get you to buy items that you don't need. If you won't use it in 3 week, don't buy it!
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:52 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • I have lots of recipes that are healthy, tasty, family and budget friendly. Send me a message offlist if you would like some
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:52 PM on Dec. 14, 2009

  • use the coupons from your sunday paper along with... store coupons and use those coupons... with sale items....I can buy $400 worth of food for less then $200 doing this.
    Never eat out...you figure what you pay at a fast food place can buy 2 meals at home, that you cooked.
    shut off lights you don't use, don't run the water longer then needed, buy cheap and shop clearances.
    Right after Christmas things will be on clearance, start buying for next winter only a size bigger for the kids.
    wheresthewayout

    Answer by wheresthewayout at 12:32 AM on Dec. 15, 2009

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