March 2012

The price of lunch meat

An all-time high?

Has anyone else noticed that the price of lunch meat is outrageous? I visited my local store the other day to get a pound of sliced turkey. It was a name brand meat I ordered, and I could not believe that it amounted to $8 a pound! I was astonished and couldn’t believe my eyes.

Make Use of Recipe Cards

Every once in awhile I find myself throwing a shopping trip in between running other errands. This is because the grocery store with the cheapest prices is in the next town over. Anyway, I don’t always have time to prepare a detailed grocery list. One problem that arises when I neglect a list is that I end up forgetting to purchase an ingredient that is necessary in preparing a meal. Fortunately, I found a great way to make sure I have everything I need without a detailed grocery list.

The other day I was looking at my recipe cards to decide which dinners I wanted to prepare that week when it hit me. The recipe cards all have the necessary ingredients listed right on the front of the card. All I had to do before running out to complete my errands was grab a few of the cards and place them in my purse.

While Variety is the Spice of Life, It is Also the Bane of Budgets

It is natural to want variety in the foods we eat.  Eating beans and rice for every dinner gets old and can lead to eating disorders.  While some people can be content eating oatmeal for breakfast and the same type of sandwich for every lunch, most of us need a little variety to keep us going.  The problem with too much variety, however, is that it can be very expensive.

Weekly Menu Planning Tips

Have you realized the virtues of making a grocery list, yet struggle to come up with a week's worth of meal ideas with which to fill said list? Take a look at these tips for planning ahead for your family's food needs. Once you decide what you want to make, making a list of needed ingredients to take with you to the grocery store when you shop will be a breeze.

Get Coupons for Groceries from Wal-Mart

I often visit Wal-Mart’s website to keep an eye out for any new free sample offers, but I have totally been overlooking another excellent aspect of this site. Wal-Mart actually offers several free coupons that you can use to purchase groceries. Almost all Wal-Marts sell groceries now, and some are even Super Wal-Marts stocked with everything you would find in a grocery store.

The coupons I found after doing a quick search were for products almost every household uses. For example, there is a coupon for $1 off a jar of Planters peanut butter. Another coupon was for $1.50 off any Kraft Foods product. I know I use both of these items in my home on a regular basis.

Conscious Shopping

Recently, I decided to become a little more aware of what was in the foods I was buying.  I started reading labels, and boy was I surprised at some of the results.  For example, did you know that peanuts contain corn syrup solids, or that summer sausage has sugar in it?  I was really appalled at the foods that were making their way into my kids’ mouths, and at the fact that I so blindly believed the things I was buying were okay for them.

Go Longer in Between Shopping Trips

One of the biggest ways to save on your groceries is to lessen the amount of trips you make to the store each month. I know people who only pick-up their groceries once each month. In order to do this you’ll need to have an addition freezer. The size of the freezer depends on the size of your family.

The only thing I don’t like about shopping once per month is that you need to store excess milk in your freezer and then thaw it out as you need it. My sister does this all the time, but I just don’t like the taste of the milk after it has been frozen. Instead, I’d rather just grab additional milk from a little convenience store in between shopping trips.