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Old 06-30-2008, 05:30 PM   #21
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I started making alot of stuff I use to buy pre made.

Started making my own stock(s), chicken, veggie, beef. Sauces, salad dressings included. Actually, I have found a ton of stuff that I can make on my own as opposed to buying the crud at the grocery stores.

Buy most meats in bulk.

Buy produce from Farmer's Market (and walk to FM to save gas!)

Don't use platic bags or plastic wrap, use washable containers for everything.

I don't know what else, but I do know that I keep finding more and more things to do myself as opposed to buying it pre made!
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:49 PM   #22
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Don't use platic bags or plastic wrap, use washable containers for everything.
That merits some thought. I am a plastic wrap junkie. Mainly to save on washing an extra plate, pot or container. I will often cook something in a pot, put a sheet of plastic wrap over it and the leftovers, set the lid back on to draw tight, and reheat it in the same pot the next day or two. Or plate the leftovers, cover with plastic wrap and save it for nuking in a day or two. The only time I use a separate storage container is if I am going to freeze something. Or if I make a big pot of sauce that doesn't fit in the fridge.

I think that's what is so hard to figure into saving money.... the little things and what actually costs more or less to do. Like someone said, they buy frozen prepared food so they don't have to buy and have the leftover ingredients it would take to make something (lasagna for instance), but yet those leftover ingredients could make several more meals, but not if they go bad first, then you have to wrap and store/freeze the leftovers or they will go bad.
And setting warm food in your refrigerator will cause it to kick on and burn electricity, but having an ample amount of cold food in it makes it run more efficiently than having just a little food in it.

Ooh, I think I gave myself a headache
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:09 AM   #23
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Fortunately, our stores are not like Vera Blue's. We buy green beans, berries, mushrooms and most produce without any wrap - just grab a handful or pick through them if you must. This is the first place I've lived that has a produce section like that. Once I only wanted a single fresh jalapeno pepper. It didn't weigh enough to record, so they gave it to me.

My local Kroger store is currently offering gift cards - good for a year. with a 10% discount - that is, if you buy 1 gift card for $300.00, you receive $330.00 in groceries. I bought one for myself. Kroger's is not my favorite store, but good enough for a lot of things.

Senior Citizen's discounts are offered in many stores. Ask if you are eligible. Ages are all over the park - from 50-55 upward I think.

Watch the weekly ads.

I see others using coupons. I've never been good about that.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:30 AM   #24
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Like VeraBlue, I try to buy larger cuts of meat and break them down myself. There's a huge difference in cost per pound.

Edit: I also grow my own produce during the spring and summer.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:50 AM   #25
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Yes, I guess I never figured out why cutting meat into chunks or strips as such a big deal for people, I enjoy it!

Re plastic wrap....I hate it! I do have a great collection of food storage stuff, and the only time I'll use plastic is bags for freezing liquids (because can be frozen to a convenient shape to fit into freezer!) I'm also very bad at throwing away any container tat could have a use (cream tubs for example) Yogurt pots make great moulds and containers for jelly/jello for packed lunches.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:05 AM   #26
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The biggest thing I am doing to save money in the kitchen is to use it more. I have nearly stopped going to restaurants. I can do a truly fine meal at home in less time than it takes to get dressed, go out, and eat in a restaurant, I retrieve a good bottle of wine from my cellar, all for less than 20 or 30 dollars. Same in a restaurant costs around a hundred. I also buy in bulk when possible and freeze. Many times the savings can be significant. I try to stay away from packaged produce. You're right, the point is to encourage you to buy more at full retail than you need. I am not an eivnronmentalist, but I do not like to throw away a piece of plastic in a dump for future generations. Things that bug me, requesting a paper sack at the store, then having the clerk put everything in plastic, then putting the plastic in a paper bag. Guess they just dont get it.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:59 AM   #27
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[quote=Bigjim68;637790]The biggest thing I am doing to save money in the kitchen is to use it more. I have nearly stopped going to restaurants. I can do a truly fine meal at home in less time than it takes to get dressed, go out, and eat in a restaurant, I retrieve a good bottle of wine from my cellar, all for less than 20 or 30 dollars. Same in a restaurant costs around a hundred. quote]

Well.....yes and no....I have had a couple of 'celebration type' meals at home recently, that I guess might have cost me 30-40 last year that cost 65-70 to prepare recently, with the basics in stock. One of those was only a three course meal for four. (although as you might guess had some lovely ingrediants). Still cheaper than going out for me but for non cook, or people who stick to great family style cooking, the fancy stuff might make restauranting worthwhile.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:23 AM   #28
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Food prices have not doubled here as yet, although they have gone up. I would speculate that restaurant prices have gone up similarly. The thing that bugs me most in a restaurant is wine prices. Wines that I pay $12 for at retail, go for $65 in a good restaurant. The restaurant pays $8. Similarly mixed drinks. Besides, I enjoy cooking.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:32 AM   #29
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The thing that bugs me most in a restaurant is wine prices. Wines that I pay $12 for at retail, go for $65 in a good restaurant. The restaurant pays $8. Similarly mixed drinks. Besides, I enjoy cooking.
Find a decent BYOB. Around here the BYO establishments are little holes in the wall. Some good, some...not so good. Certain towns that's all you will find since they can limit the number of liquor licenses. One adjacent town even regulates Sunday liquor purchases.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:33 AM   #30
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Can someone point me to some really good directions on hacking up my own chickens?
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