April 2012

Stock up on meats after a holiday

Save money on meat by purchasing it when it is on sale

I have found that one of the best ways to buy cuts of meat is to stock up after a holiday. The price of meat continues to rise, and I am tired of paying so much for it.

It seems like just a few years ago, the price of ground beef was around $1 a pound when it was on sale. Now I am lucky to pay under $3 a pound for it – on sale! This is outrageous, so I make a habit of stocking up on large cuts of meat after holidays or when they are on sale. This is good for things like hams or turkeys, but it is also true for other meats too.

Don't shop when you're hungry

You will spend more money if you shop while you are hungry.

Have you ever heard the rumor that you should not grocery shop when you are hungry? Well, I believe there is a lot of truth to that, especially if you are trying to find ways to save money at the grocery store.

I was reading a good article by Alice Park of Time, Inc. In this article, she explains that a person’s brain tends to crave junk food when the person is hungry. What this means is that if you shop while you are hungry, you are probably more likely to buy junk food that you normally wouldn’t have purchased.

This evidence was gathered from a study that was conducted by Yale University and the University of Southern California. This also means that not only will you buy more junk food, but you will also spend more money.

Planning meals helps save money

By spending some time planning, you can save money

 

I have learned over the years that one key element for saving money on groceries is meal planning. Planning meals is a great way to avoid wasting food and buying things that you don’t need. I like to plan my meals every Sunday afternoon. I will plan enough meals for the week, usually five meals total, and then each night I can choose which one to make.

What are capers?

Capers are an item you may have never tried.

I was looking online for some recipes the other day and I came across one that looked really good to me. A chef demonstrated how to make this recipe called, “Quick Chicken Piccata.” As I watched him prepare this, he added something called capers. I think I have heard of these before, but I wasn’t sure what they were.