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Old 01-29-2009, 11:31 AM   #101
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I usually make a list but there are times that I do a meal planning and buy the ingredients needed.
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:18 PM   #102
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From where do u get the coupons?
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:28 PM   #103
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you can find usually in sundays paper. two or three ads is the norm. sometimes they are on the back of your registar ticket. also many are online. good luck
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:48 AM   #104
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We take a trip usually once a week to a local ethnic market (or two) in order to get really really fresh and surprisingly cheap fruits and vegetables that are three to four times more expensive in the local Acme (cheapest of the three stores near our house). It's a bit of a drive, but absolutely worth the freshness, selection, and price. Plus, they have a great fish selection there, so I'm happy with dinner that night for sure!
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:02 PM   #105
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Never shop on an empty stomach ! After a meal is best.
You'll buy everything in sight because your stomach takes over your brain.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:08 PM   #106
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Agreed. It happens to me when I forget haha
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:39 PM   #107
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My chicken thread is another example of why I make frequent trips to the market. I can't handle trying to figure out if something frozen has been frozen for too long, and when I thaw meat - it usually gets wasted because I don't cook it right away after thawing.

Buying my meat the day I want to use it, or the day before, helps me save money cause I'm not throwing the food away.
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:30 PM   #108
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I'm the opposite: I stock it in the freezer and specifically make sure I utilize the meats I have thawing in the refrigerator.... If I have a revelation in the grocery store, sometimes two dinners are made and one is refrigerated for the next night if it's soup or the like.
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:50 PM   #109
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Never shop on an empty stomach ! After a meal is best.
You'll buy everything in sight because your stomach takes over your brain.
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This is seriously the best thing you can do.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:02 PM   #110
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I don't need to. I follow a pattern of shopping so I do not need to lower my grocery bill as there's only the two of us now, DH and me, then the cat, the dog and a chinchilla. I shop for meat every two weeks, vegetables every week, then pantry items when they run low and buy only what I will need next for my cooking tomorrow or the next day or the day after next. Almost everyday, I go to the internet look for some recipes that will use what I already have from the pantry, freezer and refrigerator. I go from there. There are times I am lazy to cook, so one look in the pantry and I know I have to cook...or not. The thing that actually makes my grocery bill low is how I store my meat and vegetables. I don't use freezer bags. I use my foodsaver and carefully pack a serve for two people and store my meat in the freezer that way. I do my own stocks and freeze them too, use as I need. Ice cube containers are good for those. I have a good breadmaker and I bake my own bread every other day -- almost. Organize...organize...organize...you do not have to buy cheap stuff if you know how to organize your shopping sprees in the supermarket. And there are times, cheap meat cut is the way to go for some recipes, or most recipes. Mince is one good almost-universal way to make a meal go further. and don't forget coupons when going out shopping. I cut mine each week from the local newspaper and organize them as a group like dog food, soup, bath products, etc., in empty-used-to-be letter envelopes that comes in the mail. The extra used-to-be-envelopes also serves a my shopping list.

'Hope this helps. I do not have to economize. It is a habit I taught myself years ago when I was almost starving for not learning how to cook in the first place. I was single then. After 1 daughter and 3 always starving boys on their own now, it had been a long road of learning and maintaining a habit.

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