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  • I buy some items in brand names because they taste better, 2 of the items are French's regular mustard and Heinz ketchup, French's has come up with a recent mustard that does not taste as good as heinz, French's mustard is sold in a $1.00 store where I live, the same with the basic canned soups, I prefer campbells, I buy them on sale, in the more expensive heartier soups there are many brands I like that come on sale.I also make my own at times. I buy many brands of fancier mustards because there are many kinds on sale, I bought 1 yesterday made in germany with large mustard seeds,wine vinegar and spirit vinegar & other spices in it. It costs $2.50, I also bought a different brand of dijon barbeque sauce that has wine in it and cayenne pepper added, it was $2.50. I find that many of the flavourful sauces have a small amount of alcohol or flavoured vinegar in them.Real dijon mustard has wine in it, that is where the name dijon comes from, it is the type of wine in it,without it it is artificial. In the bulk section it is a fact that there factory health standards are lower and many large rodents get in the food and are ground up in the food, this is toxic because of the many diseases they have in the wild. I do buy store brand products like rice,dried beans in bags that are the same price as bulk as long as I get them on sale. I do not like the idea of eating large rodents, there are more in foods like flour,grains, spices,rice as they like these foods more. I do not buy organic but all fruits & vegetables are soaked in 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water in a bowl for 15 minutes before drying thoroughly. I scrub everything before I do this as this will get rid of many toxins. Also lemon juice kills botulism so it is good to use in jams and salad dressings or other homemade sauces so you do not get sick. I am allergic to many foods, but try to buy many grains & different types of flour to do more of my own cooking cheaper. In a store I shop rice flour is sold for .89 for 1 pound and $1.69 for a 2 pound bag, they had a small bag of mixed seeds I could use for many things for $1.50 and I bought red wine vinegar for homemade salad dressing for $2.00 on sale. All in regular supermarkets, not health food stores. There are some reasonable gluten free mixes like Bisquick, online there are a number of homemade ready mixes you can make to save money. I have 12 pounds of blueberries in my freezer,bought fresh from the farms here.
    Thanks for sharing
  • Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. - Benjamin Franklin
  • hmm, some good suggestions but honestly food is just plain out expensive. not all generic are created equal and for some of us, lactose free, gluten free must have's, are killer on the wallet!! I do think less meat is a great idea ( no, not a vegetarian, just stingy with the grocery money). I think its insane that food that is suppose to healthier cost triple of that of junk food. we live in a backwards world.
  • All good suggestions. Thanks for sharing.
  • Great article! Good tips! I never shop hungry!!
  • thanks, helpful comments
  • so good to know that I am already doing most of these already. Growing some of my own fruits and veggies is not possible for me, but otherwise I am doing everything I can, yet things are still so very expensive.
  • This article was from 2009, but it's just as true today. Brought up by parents who married during the Great Depression, it's the way I was taught to shop and still, at 73, shop.
    Thanks for sharing
  • Again - an article last commented on 1/2 a year ago. The absolute best way to save money on shopping - for anything - NOT JUST FOOD - is to know what it costs and do a little homework to save legwork later.

    Prices in California are 60% higher for produce than they were in Virginia where we moved from - talk about a shock. We are a produce eating family - especially me.

    We never buy bulk since there are only two of us. Mealy bugs find their way into everything even jars.

    Subtitling legumes for meat is great - and we do it all the time but to do it right and get compelte protein and some flavor takes work.
    Sometimes fresh produce is not the best buy, so look in the frozen foods! They are just as healthy, healthier than canned, and frequently on sale. I only buy certain cuts of meat, and when my store has it on sale, I stock up, and freeze the extra. Example - last week lean ground beef was on sale, so I bought several pounds, made about two dozen meatballs, and froze them in bags. Also, prepackaged chicken breasts are $4.99/ pound, but the same chicken is $1.99/pound in the butcher case... I never buy pasta sauce, I buy cans of crushed and diced tomatoes, cook a Crock Pot full of sauce, and freeze 2-3 cup portions in freezer bags (lay the bags flat to freeze them, and they are easier to store). My husband loves blueberries year round, so over the summer, when they are cheap, I buy extra and freeze bags of berries too...

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