I have a list of items that I buy. Once a month I try to go to a cheaper grocery store to buy my can goods as well as my frozen veggies. When meat is on special, I stock up and freeze. My husband is a butcher by trade, so we can buy a big piece of beef and he cuts it into stewing beef, steaks (marinated before using to be tender) and roasts (crock pot to add flavor and also to make more tender) I cut coupons whenever I can and trade with friends. Will use ground meats whenever possible as they tend to go further. We do not eat out at restaurants... we take turns eating at friends. Quieter but still a night without cooking & cleaning.
Deb AKA Sukie Cards
Pounds lost: 5.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,597) Posts: 905 11/22/09 11:44 P
Frugal friends here after my own heart! I write down what I have in my pantry, refrigerator and freezer and look up recipes online that I can make with what I have on hand. I have an upright freezer and keep all my spice jars, bags & cans in the door shelf. They are organized alphabetically.
I buy from Angel Food..a necessity when feeding a family of 6 and no income right now, but i also will shop super centers, or chain stores, and warehouse stores to get the best prices i can.
I've also started keeping an inventory so that i can plan meals to make my money go further.
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Pounds lost: 30.0
Fitness Minutes: (571) Posts: 33 5/6/09 9:21 P
I watch the local stores for triple coupons (Harris Teeter and Bloom triple coupons up to .99 about once a month). I stock up on pantry items then. For meat, I do Costco or watch for meat that is close to the sell by. My son's preschool is on a working farm, so we buy a good bit of produce on their sale days. We also take advantage of the "u-pick" places, since they double as a fun family outing.
I watch the sales - This week (Upstate, SC) Bi-Lo has split chicken breast for .99 a lb. I went and got several packs ($15 packs for $5). I separate them for individual meals (2 breast in a pack) and freeze.
Bananas were on sale for .61 lb and grapes were on sale too. I freeze my grapes - YUMMY snack for long time. My bananas are my snacks as long as they last.
I try to buy meats (chicken, turkey) when on sale and freeze using my food sealer. I found food sealer on craigslist for $20. It was so worth the money.
current weight: 248.0
Fitness Minutes: (750) Posts: 12 1/3/09 12:02 P
for meat, canned/boxed goods we go to save a lot then for pop (major addicts here) once a month, the corner store once every couple of weeks so jason (fiance) can get chips and dip (trying to put a stop to it, if im out with my mom then i get flour sugar and a few other baking things at krogers or meijers or walmart. whenever we get jason's license again (suspended b/c of accidents last yr and $300 in fines) we will probbably go to gfs and more places. i dont drive but i probbably will after we get a car and his license so that he can teach me.
I do my shopping at the smallest grocery nearby. There aren't as many choices, but I am not tempted to by something not on my list. i usually need to go to Kroger at least once per month to get items that they don't have in the smaller stores.
Linda - North East Indiana, USA `Goal to build myself up to reach 1,000 fitness minutes per month.
I am a lost leader shopper at the major grocery stores in our area of So Cal. I try to go in with a list and don't vary. Typically I come out with half the cost of my groceries in savings, but the prices are very high to begin with.
I'm trying not to go to the chain grocery stores more than twice a month. I also go to the warehouse stores. I try to go to them only once a month or every other and when they mail out coupons. Some things are very good buys there and right now I'm trying to create a spreadsheet to track the per unit costs. They unlike the groceries stores here don't post the per unit cost of items. I shop at another chain that is not a membership store but sells in larger bulk for restaurants and large functions, it's called Smart n' Final.
I also go to the swap meets and local produce stands as we live in an agricultural area where there is a lot of produce grown. I try to shop for fresh produce in season. I also keep watch and try to go by the 99-cent store whenever I'm close by. There are some good buys but it's not a place you can do a major shopping. Today I went in and go some Epsom Salts, brocoflower and a large can of pineapple $3.07. Epsom Salts in bath will be absorbed into your body. It's a good source of magnesium, and I tend to be low in magnesium.
I've become a big fan of the Orowheat bakery outlet store. Here they carry a lot of grains and flours and on Sunday and Monday it is double punch on the the cards that give your items free. I buy enough(over $10) to get two free items when I go in and then freeze what I don't use right away. But I'm not fighting the gluten free issues that you have.
I have done Angelfood about 12 or so years ago in another church we were at. I'll have to research where it's done here locally.
One of my big issues is using up food and not wasting any. There's some good info on pantry organization on the Niffty Thrifty SP Team this month. I like that group but I'm really interested in the question of nutrition for the dollar. Or as my old boss useg to say bang for the buck. DebbB
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current weight: 172.2
Fitness Minutes: (3,597) Posts: 905 9/26/08 6:57 P
I get Angelfood at a church once a month. I also get produce, eggs and tortillas from a warehouse produce company every week. They also have boxes of lots of veggies and fruit cheap. Their produce is wonderful!For other items I buy at the local store on sale.
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