Originally Posted by arismama!
subbing. i spent 110$ yesterday and can't believe how little it bought me! even onions were pricey and they were local!
Onions freeze beautifully, so if you find a good deal, stock up and freeze them either chopped or sliced.
Same with green peppers (or color variations of).
Make a list of meals. List ingredients needed for each meal. Then 'shop' your pantry. Look for each item and if you already have it, either don't buy it or just buy one more to replace it. Try to limit the extravagence of meals... Like, instead of a four-course gourmet meal, have a meat and potato meal.
Speaking of which, potatoes are versatile and wonderful. Cheap most of the time, too. I get 10lb bags at a time and do a bunch of pounds of mashed potatoes to freeze.
Make your own stock, any dry mixes (dry onion soup mix, spice mixtures, bisquick mix, brownie mix, etc.), dry or can your own fruits and veggies when they're in season. Like, right now, apples are cheap.. buy a bunch, can them, and then you'll have apples until next season. Same with pears, peaches, potatoes, carrots, etc. Best place to find cheap fruits is you-pick sites or straight from the orchard.
Don't buy convenience foods. DH and I used to get a bunch of cakes and cookies and also boxed foods like hamburger helper, boxed mac & cheese, stuff like that. We cut most of that our and I've definately noticed a difference. Example, a box of mac and cheese at Aldi costs about $1.20... Macaroni noodles were $1.69 and cheese was about $3. I can make four-five servings of mac & cheese out of that.
Instead of boxed snacks, now we do homemade muffins, cookies, etc.
Make your own bread... we don't do this.
I'd like to, but I'm just no good at it yet.
Stay away from the middle aisles of the grocery store. Buy staples (flour, sugar, etc.) as much as possible. If it's something you're not sure if you can make, look it up! Example, I want to start making homemade pop-tarts, but I wasn't sure how, so I just looked it up online and found a great tutorial.