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View Poll Results: How do you save money on groceries?
Coupons 85 67.46%
Rebates 33 26.19%
Stock up on sale items 96 76.19%
I only shop with cash, no checks or cards 23 18.25%
I go alone, noone else to put things in the cart 23 18.25%
I shop more than one store to get deals 71 56.35%
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:55 PM
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I buy 10 whole chickens when they are on sale for less than .60 per lb. I have carpal tunnel syndrome and can't handle more than that! I cut them up and divide them. The wings are frozen separately for buffalo or teryaki wings, 40 pieces. I freeze the legs and some thighs with marinade to broil or gill. I debone some breasts to use in quick recipes. I'd make fried chicken, but I CAN'T . I simmer (boiling makes it greasy) the rest of the parts and pick the meat off the bone for soups, chicken salad, or casseroles. I put the carcasses and wing tips in the broth left from that and simmer it with clean carrot peelings (for color), onion and garlic skins, celery tops, and bay leaves for broth. If the broth is a little pale, I cheat and add a bit of food coloring or turmeric. Sometimes I just simmer a few chickens in my big spaghetti pot with the strainer in for draining and make soup and chicken salad. I freeze the salad without the onion and celery, so I can make it quickly for lunches. I have found that if I put hot broth or soup in jars with rubbery seals, like pickle or spaghetti sauce jars, they form a partial vacuum and keep longer in the fridge. This helps if the freezer is too full.
I make big pots of dried beans into bean burritos, ham and beans, beanburgers, chili, minestrone, rice and beans.
The most important thing I've done is to teach my children not to be picky. We use Amy Dacyzn's (Tightwad Gazette) 3 bite rule. The meal starts with 3 bites of every food served on each plate. When all of that is eaten, the children may have more of whatever they like. That way they have at least tried things they may not like, but they don't have to eat a bowl full of it. I get compliments on what a pleasure it is to have my children visit for meals from other parents. They are never allowed to say food is yucky because that is ungrateful to God and rude and thankless to the person who prepared it for them!
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Old 06-16-2007, 07:59 PM
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I live all by myself so it would be wasteful for me to do that, but I may try it on a smaller level, and I will certainly tell my daughter about this and will volunteer to help her get it done.
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Old 06-17-2007, 05:58 AM
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Margaret, if you and your DD shared the work and the expense, you could divide up the results and take home what you know you could use! It would also be a nice way to work together with your DD
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Old 06-17-2007, 06:29 AM
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I do the bite rule but i aslo base it on the age of the child too.But for some reason there are certain things i know they don't like they will take at least a bite of it.Never thought to boli a whole chicken like that to de bone.Some very good ideas here.Thanks!!


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Old 08-09-2007, 07:25 AM
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I did (I've slacked off lately, but working on it again!!) menu planning. That saved a LOT of money, because I made sure we only had "eating out" as a choice every other week. I also planned leftovers. Like I used 3lb frozen hamburger tube and 2 cans of sloppy joe, and then when it was all made, scooped out about half and put it in the little freezer for a few days. We usually did sloppy joes on Monday and Thursday because those were my daughter's karate days. It was a fast meal on Monday and a "superfast" meal on Thurs. Saturday was our "feast" day - a roast chicken or roast pork or roast beef (whatever was on sale or in the deep freeze), stuffing or mashed potatoes or both, Veggies - frozen or canned, cranberry sauce (family favorite). Then after it was done, I threw some of the meat chopped up and some of the gravy into a container and put that in the freezer for Wednesday (scout night!). Then on Wed, we made mashed potatoes and had gravy meat over them. We found that if you take out half of the meat right from the start, you fill up on the side dishes more which did 2 things: BALANCED our meals (healthy, huh?) and SAVED our meat (the most expensive part of most meals!).
We shop at Aldi and Save-A-Lot. I know those aren't everywhere, and some of the stuff doesn't taste good to everyone, but some of the prices can't be beat, and we don't notice a difference in some things.
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Old 08-18-2007, 02:04 PM
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I got my kids to move out! JK, one is in college, one is in the army, and I wish they were still home, but the fridge stays full now.

I use some of the above ideas, plus once or twice a year I replace all my spices and some other staples at a bulk food store that grew from a food coop. I can buy any quantity I want there, the bigger the package the lower the price. They have bright orange cheddar cheese powder, so I can make healthy mac and cheese look like the box stuff. And if I have a new recipe to try, I can buy a tsp. of an expensive spice just in case we don't like it. I buy oatmeal and some other grains and seal it in vacuum bags and have enough for a year. I'd go more often, but since we moved it's 40 minutes away.

I buy bread flour and yeast in bulk at GFS and use my bread machine. DH is diabetic and whole grain bread is expensive!

I make a lot of recipes vegetarian, like lasagne, tacos and burritos, spaghetti... Anything with cheese doesn't really need the extra fat and protein, or I can use tvp in place of ground beef and most people won't even notice.

I simplified my coupon filing so I actually do it. I now use a check file with 12 broad categories: instead of cereal, bread, baking mixes, I have Dry Goods. Shampoo, Deodorant, Feminine stuff, are under Health and Beauty. I can still find the ones I need, but it doesn't take me an hour to file them.

We get the bulk or our income once a month, so I have all my grocery money at once and can stock up on specials. I have a pantry and basement shelving now, but I have been known to store canned goods under the bed!

We have a garden again and it did well this year. We also have a very sunny unheated back porch were I will attempt to grow herbs and "greens" this winter. I am not known for having healthy house plants, so I hope they don't turn out to be "browns." There is a basement stairwell on one side, and I got some railing planters on clearance for that, and a counter top all along the other side.

We try to eat from the pantry and freezer once in a while, too. I don't know how I would have done it before the internet, as I can google the ingredient I have on hand and usually find a good recipe.

I make some of my own spice mixes from online recipes. I used to make baking mixes, but it takes too much room to store them all. I do make bread machine mixes sometimes, though, because I use them 2-3 times a week.

Pizza from scratch is pretty easy and cheaper even than generic frozen ones. Hillbillyhousewife.com has a couple of good crust recipes, including a chef-boy-r-dee type no yeast crust.

We eat a lot of soup in the winter. You can make chowder or veggie soup out of almost anything left over. I stock up on evaporated milk when it's cheaper because it doesn't curdle if I let it boil, or separate in the freezer.

I have some make-it-from-anything recipes for muffins, casseroles, salads, etc. that I can use things up in. In the Tightwad Gazette, one of the things Amy D stresses is to NEVER throw food away. After meals at church, everyone knows I'll say yes to taking leftovers home. Once they burnt fried chicken and I took off the burnt breading and made chicken and dumplings.

My husband gets flats of eggs for 1.25 from one of his customers, so we eat a lot of quiche and omelets. Neither of us has high cholesterol.

Hillbillyhousewife.com has lots of recipes for convenience foods, like cup-a-soup and international coffees that are good and not so expensive. Also, a recipe for "Wendy's Frosty" shakes. She also has two levels of shopping lists and menus for emergency frugal meals. There is so much good stuff on her site it has taken me a year and a half to find and try it all.

Sorry this is so long, but it's one of my passions!
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Old 08-30-2007, 06:37 PM
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I use all of the above methods except rebates.I never really see them in my area.I go to the stores that double coupons.I also buy coupons from www.couponclippers.com.I also check out ebay's coupon actions.If I can't use the coupons that I get I usually leave them at the store.Usually I don't take my husband and children shopping with me.The husband is the worst.Sometimes I make double batches of food that I can stretch out (spaghetti,chilli etc)and freeze them.Good for them nights that I don't really want to cook.I check out the local markets ads online so I know what is on sale before I get to that store.I also carry a list with me. If any one could tell me were to find grocery rebate web sites.I would greatly appericate it.I might try that next.
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Old 08-31-2007, 04:20 AM
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Preacherswife, would you share more information on cooking with evaporated milk? Do you have to add water? How do you know how much to use if, say, a recipe calls for 1 cup milk?
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Old 08-31-2007, 07:23 AM
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I substitute evaporated milk cup for cup, because we like richer sauces and the extra calcium doesn't hurt, but if you don't want to , it's basically double milk, so you would dilute with equal amounts of water. It's nice to have around too, since out kids are out of the house and we don't always have milk in the fridge. I use powdered milk in baking now. I just substitute water for the mild and guesstimate how much milk powder it would take to make that much milk. It always turns out okay.
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Old 08-31-2007, 07:26 AM
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I don't usually use rebates because I've had trouble with not receiving my money. Photocopying the whole thing just in case I don't get it, checking my records to see if I got everything, and following up fruitlessly on the ones I didn't get just didn't seem worth it. Walgreens was the worst offender.
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