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Old 12-25-2008, 12:03 PM   #81
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I start out by doing an inventory of our staples. Then I make a menu of what we want to eat for the week with using things up in mind. Those two steps keep us buying just what we need and gets us talking food and planning wisely.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:22 PM   #82
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I'm a more adventurous eater than the rest of my family, so when I'm just making a breakfast or lunch for myself, I try to use up odds and ends from the refrigerator that would otherwise end up getting tossed. Got a quarter head of cabbage? Makes great stir fry, goes with anything. Many leftover raw meats make a tasty stir fry with any celery, onion, and (should you be so lucky) green peppers you have laying around, and can be stretched with ramen noodles or spaghetti noodles into a sort of lo mein.

Meat loaf sandwich (hot or cold), open face hot roast chicken or turkey sandwich with gravy, good ways to use those leftovers - also works if you have a little leftover eye round roast (which is surprisingly good if you only roast it to medium rare).

Hash is another way to make something from cooked meat leftovers - just about any meat is good minced and added to diced fried potatoes and onions (red taters work best, and of course the finer the dice, the quicker they cook). If the meat's really lean, some sort of broth, stock or soup base is an important addition to the hash when you add the meat and heat through.

Anyhow, back to my main point, as the cook, I feed myself when others aren't eating on the stuff that would otherwise be thrown out - and I'm not complaining, it makes good food!
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:24 PM   #83
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i joined price club places and buy in bulk. its a real money saver for me.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:46 AM   #84
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buy what you eat, eat what you buy. when canned goods go on sale dirt cheap stock up
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:49 PM   #85
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I've found that some ethnic markets can be great deals. I went to the local Asian market and spent half as much as I would have at my regular market for the same ingredients.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:52 PM   #86
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I found the fastest way to cut down on my grocery bill was to stop feeding my kids. Cut the bill in half in one visit. I do not hunt, I do not fish, I do not have a boat, I have not played golf in over a year. Don't mess with my grocery budget. I shop at Sam's. My pantry is 8' by 13' and lined with cabinets. I have 3 fridges and 1 freezer in the pantry. I can buy in bulk.
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Old 12-29-2008, 12:57 PM   #87
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I found the fastest way to cut down on my grocery bill was to stop feeding my kids.
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:17 PM   #88
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1. I shop with a list. Always! My DH bought me one of those electronic grocery lists last year for Christmas and I love it.
2. I always use coupons...and I scan the store flyers to see where I'd get more bang for the buck using them. Not too many people know this... but If you cut a coupon out of the sunday paper flyer... hold on to it for 3-4 weeks... 95% of the time, that item will go on sale at the grocery store and you can get it even cheaper. By doing this, my coupon savings have gone from $8-9 a grocery trip to $25-$30 and I've saved as much as $58.63 (that's my record so far!) in one trip.
3. I carry a hand held caculator. If DH decides to go... he works it. I told him what our budget is and it has REALLY cut down on the extra's he throws in the cart!
4. We've kinda turned it into a game.... now, whatever the difference between our budget and what we come in under, goes into the vacation savings account. Even the $15 and $25 start to add up.
5. I buy meat in bulk and package it myself with my foodsaver... and have become a pro at de-boning chicken (which is always cheaper than when the stores do it) and then I can make stock with the bones! That stuff is expensive in the stores!
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:54 AM   #89
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BJ's and Best Yet in Riverhead sometimes have some bargains and your Walbaums and nearby King Cullen also sometimes have some nice specials.
King Cullen's corn flakes are quite a bit cheaper than Kelloggs and seem to be just as good. Some of IGA's store brand stuff is usually pretty good.
Thank you. :-). Yes, I've discovered Best Yet, my friend shops there for her deli things. I went there last week and got some cheese and produce, I was in and out so quick though - only went in with those things in mind - and didn't get a chance to look around. Next time I go to Riverhead, I'll be back there for some things. Waldbaums does have some good deals sometimes, and even with the prices up at times there, it's cheaper than using the gas to get somewhere else. It seems to be where I do most of my shopping anymore, it's close to home and school and work, I function within about a 3 mile radius all the time. :-)
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:54 PM   #90
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The latin & Asian markets are a great bet for cheaper produce! Those are also good places for becoming more adventurous in cooking/eating.
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