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53 Practical Ways To Fight High Grocery Prices
- Learn to cook intelligently. Invest in a good, inexpensive cookbook.
- Plan all meals in advance.
- Cook only as much food as your family will consume at each meal.
- Cook slowly. Do not overcook. This prevents vitamin & mineral losses.
- Save and make use of all leftovers. Start collecting leftover recipes.
- Serve smaller portions. Eat less, stay slimmer...and healthier.
- Eliminate fancy, fattening, expensive desserts.
- Give children smaller portions and teach them not to waste food.
- Pet food is expensive. Train your cat and dog to eat leftovers.
- Avoid "fad" and junk foods consisting of empty calories.
- Cut down on all sweets, white flour products and fatty foods.
- Stop smoking. Drink juices instead of alcoholic beverages.
- Don't drive many miles to save a few pennies at a certain store.
- Use powdered milk instead of fresh milk.
- Beat high coffee prices by drinking tea - and save about half.
- Take your lunch to work.
- Watch "open dating" on perishables and avoid buying outdated, spoiled food.
- Become a "comparison shopper". Buy "specials" from several stores.
- If you don't have one, invest in a new or good used freezer.
- Read labels. Remember that ingredients are listed in order by weight.
- Purchase only what you will use and eat everything you buy.
- Visit your grocer as LEAST often as possible.
- Trade money-saving recipes with friends, relatives, neighbors.
- When grocery shopping, carry a list and stick to it!
- Shop only on a FULL stomach. Never when hungry.
- Never take children grocery shopping with you.
- Clip, save and use "store coupons". Trade those you don't need.
- Watch for grocery store "sale" ads and shop the store's specials.
- Watch the cash register when checking out. Errors can be costly.
- Buy your favorite foods in the largest size containers available.
- Buy cheaper "store" or "house" brands.
- Avoid the supermarket's "gourmet" section.
- Stock up on genuine bargains.
- Ignore advertisements for "new" or "improved" convenience products.
- Avoid all convenience foods and items with long lists of additives.
- Stock up on "in season" foods.
- Pocket big savings by using more poultry in your menu.
- Avoid non-nutritious foods, junk foods, sugary foods, soft drinks, etc.
- Dine out less often. When you do, take home leftovers in a "doggie bag".
- Grow some of your own herbs, fruits, vegetables.
- Avoid convenience stores. They're more expensive.
- Ask store personnel to steer you to the "best buys".
- Buy your favorite foods by the case and ask for discounts.
- Make your own soups, bakery goods, ice cream, yogurt, cole slaw, jams, etc.
- Buy unsliced cheese and sandwich meats. Slice them yourself and save.
- Look for damaged merchandise and ask for price reductions: dented cans, crushed cartons, outdated bakery goods, bruised produce, etc.
- Buy ONLY food items from your grocery. Buy non-food items elsewhere.
- Serve a balanced diet and you won't have to spend on vitamins.
- Buy "in season" produce from local farmer's fields, gardens, orchards.
- Compare prices of foods in various forms - canned, frozen, fresh and dried. Buy the least expensive.
- Observe "unit pricing". Compare weights before deciding.
- Before checking out, weed out the items you don't need.
- Limit snacks at home to popped corn, fruit & vegetables.
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