There are little things that people can do that will save money on their grocery bills, With or without using coupons.
1. Shop weekly instead of monthly. This was a hard thing for me to learn how to do since I get most of my monthly money the first week of each month. I must give credit to learning how to use coupons to this new way of shopping.
When you shop once a month you are missing the dirt cheap sales all through the month. You get one sale and that is it and the foods that is on sale may not be what you and your family eats the most.
Be sure to check out your favorite store to shop online, they usually have the new sale ad posted. Make a list and know what you are going to spend and stick to your list! that way you will not over spend and have to put things back.
2. Buy some foods in bulk. If you can buy a ten pound package of Chicken legs for just pennies per pound, this is where you can really save money and feed your family.
All you have to do is remove the chicken from the original packaging and separate the chicken into meals. Freeze in freezer bags. depending on the size of your family, you may have bought enough chicken to last a month of once a week chicken meals.
But don`t stop there, if you remove the chicken and the skin from the bones do not discard the bones and skin. Put the bones and skin into a large pot and cover with water, bring to boil then reduce the heat and let this boil softly for a couple hours. The result is fresh made chicken broth you can use for many meal to come or if you boil the chicken and have broth left over save this broth also. I store mine in the freezer in Old plastic mayo jars till I get enough to pressure can in the canner.
3. Rice and noodles. These are other items that store well and last for months and months. you can just about always find both or one or the other on sale and if you apply a manufacturer coupon you may just get them free. I tend to take them out of the packaging and store them in air tight glass containers or large plastic containers with well fitted lids.
4. Produce. This is another reason to shop weekly. You can afford to buy fresh produce by choosing the weekly sale. While bananas may be just .59 per pound, some weeks they are just.25 per pound. Most produce can be frozen for later use, especially fruit. Bananas can be frozen, after being peeled and placed into a freezer bag, and used for smoothies, made into ice cream or dipped into chocolate and ate frozen.
5. Bread. We have bread store`s here in Alabama. They carry fresh bread and bread that will expire soon, both are sold at a cheaper price, and they have a super sale table where its even cheaper than the already cheaper prices. This is when to buy in bulk and freeze. I just stack it in the freezer and when I need bread lay it out on the counter and let it thaw. Since there is just two of us and I really am not allowed to eat bread I will pull out only enough per meal so not to waste.
By Andria Perry
Photos By Andria Perry