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Posted by on Jun. 6, 2010 at 1:01 PM
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I found this and thought it had some good tips!

5 Ways to Cut the Fat From Your Grocery Bill

Eating is an expensive habit. And if you're anything like me, then food probably consumes a significant portion of your budget. On average, American families spend $9,478 a year on food alone -- that's 13.3 percent of their total household budgets, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

To help you get a grip on this tasty but often expensive cost-of-living, here are five ways to cut the fat from your grocery bill.

1. Make a grocery list and check it twice. Going through your kitchen before hitting the supermarket is free, and planning ahead can fatten your wallet by preventing expensive impulse buys. You might even save on gas by being organized because you won't need to make a second shopping trip to buy those forgotten items.

2. Stop clipping worthless coupons. Take a good look at the grocery coupons you're clipping before getting excited about the deal. Many coupons offer deals on highly packaged foods low in nutrition and high in unpronounceable ingredients. Skipping the worthless coupons and opting to pay a little bit more for whole foods may be a better deal for your health in the long run.

3. Watch the price scanner. Mistakes on price scans are common at the grocery store and can cost you additional dollars. A Consumer Reports survey found that 6 percent of respondents were overcharged at the grocery checkout, and no particular chain stood out as more or less accurate. Watching while your grocery prices scan and verifying their accuracy at check-out can save you money and may even score you free food -- many grocery chains will give you the item for free if it scans at the wrong price, but it's up to you to spy the error.

4. Buy generic items over big brand names. Save a huge 10 to 50 percent on every shopping trip by switching your brand name buys for generic items. It costs big bucks to market brand name products, and you're paying for that expense when you buy a food item with a recognizable label. Compare many generic items to the brand name equivalent and you'll find that the brands are not necessarily better than their less-advertised alternatives.

5. Skip the cans, buy dried beans in bulk. Why are you buying beans canned in captivity? Buying dried beans in bulk and soaking them overnight is a frugal way to add protein to your diet without paying for the high cost of meat. Besides, dried beans are extremely cheap and expand when soaked, so your family gets more meal for every dining dollar spent by forgoing the canned variety.

Finding simple ways to cut your everyday food expenses takes a bit of practice, but the payoff can be huge. Keeping track of your budget can also help you save money on all your other living expenses.


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e-doolittle
by Kelly on Jun. 6, 2010 at 4:03 PM
Thanks for sharing. If you forget to soak beans you can cook them longer. Make sure the beans stay covered in water.
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smurfy88
by Jessica on Jun. 6, 2010 at 4:48 PM

How do you cook dry beans, I have never cooked with any type of dry beans. I would like to know the basics, how long to soak, how much water, how to cook, what to make with them. I am pretty uneducated when it comes to dry beans

runner-mom
by on Jun. 6, 2010 at 6:18 PM

 

Quoting smurfy88:

How do you cook dry beans, I have never cooked with any type of dry beans. I would like to know the basics, how long to soak, how much water, how to cook, what to make with them. I am pretty uneducated when it comes to dry beans


There are usually directions on the bag, I can't remember off of the top of my head but it's real simple.  Dry beans are so much better for you than canned.  Anything in a can (beans, veggies, etc) is usually SUPER DUPER high in sodium!!   I usually throw them in the crockpot and make chilli, yumm!

                
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olgabillman07
by on Jun. 6, 2010 at 10:15 PM

 I already do all those except the last one. Canned are just a lot more convenient for our small family.

wendy46121
by on Jun. 7, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I suck SO BAD at dry beans.  I tried and tried because I bought a few lbs and no matter how long I soaked them, or what I did to them, they STILL came out tasting dryer and icky... I like canned beans :(  [SHAME!!!!]

smurfy88
by Jessica on Jun. 7, 2010 at 12:29 PM

hm, I will have to get a bag and give it a try!


BornToRun84
by on Jun. 7, 2010 at 12:44 PM

 Definatly dried beans!!!! Also buy in bulk when you can. That helps us SO much because I do all of my own baking.

smurfy88
by Jessica on Jun. 7, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I am a horrible cook and I am not creative!

BornToRun84
by on Jun. 7, 2010 at 12:53 PM

 

Quoting smurfy88:

I am a horrible cook and I am not creative!

 Awwww dont be so hard on yourself!!! You should spend sometime finding a cookbook you love and start there.



smurfy88
by Jessica on Jun. 7, 2010 at 12:56 PM

my nana just gave me 6 cookbooks, I just need to get the ingredients, some of them i've never heard of, and some are jut expensive

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