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Tuesday Tips & Tricks – Stick To A List!*

24 May

In my DBC (days before couponing), I used to go grocery shopping every week and buy things I knew we ran out of like milk and eggs, but I would often puruse through the store trying to decide what I felt like cooking/eating for the week and would come home with lots of random things. I’d buy some meat and a few veggies and ultimately I’d have to come back to the store later on in the week when I realized I only had half the ingredients for a meal I wanted to make. I also noticed I would often come home with $100 worth of groceries, but not have a clue what to make! It was so frustrating trying to figure out how I had bought so much food and yet it felt like I hadn’t.

So, my tip for today is to always make a grocery list and buy only what’s on it! Even if you don’t plan meals out ahead of time (which I do now), you can still make a list of the items you know you need and what you’d like to cook for the week. Often this will help eliminate the splurge purchases and spur of the moment “oh that looks good” buys. This will also help you focus on what to make for the week and buy accordingly.

Most weeks I sit down with the computer and maybe a cook book and decide a few things I’d like to make that week. I also take a peek in our freezer to see if I’d like to use items from in there. I’ll often have meat in the freezer, so I’ll plan a meal around that and buy veggies/sides to compliment it. I try to have about 5 meals in mind for the week and then I’m flexible as to what meal I cook when.  I also take stock of what’s in our fridge so that I can buy what I need in order to use up things that I know will go bad soon.

By making a flexible meal plan and having a grocery list it’s been so much easier to still spend the $100, but have a  clear idea as to what I want to cook for the week and spend our  money more wisely. It also helps me avoid the junk food and the splurges that I’d like to buy while I’m there. I hope the next time you shop for groceries you make a list and stick to it, you’ll be glad you did!

And just to get you further prepared for grocery shopping, check out the Sunday Coupon Preview. (Click the image on the left).

Do you know what foods are in season?

19 May

I was on Kraft’s website the other day and found it super handy that they have an entire section titled Budgetwise where they give tips on how to be more frugal in everyday living. They had a page that caught my eye that displayed what fruits & veggies are in season right now. I always have a general idea of what foods are in season, but is super helpful to have them all right at your finger tips. It makes meal planning that much more efficient, and there were even a few fruits/veggies that I had forgotten about!

Check out the site here and section on what foods are in season.

Also, if you’d like to be even more penny wise with your summer spending, check out this article titled Stretching Your Grocery Dollar with Seasonal Summer Produce over at healthcastle.com. They also give a list of in-season produce but also include some other handy tips!

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