Wasting food and money
American families spend as much as $2,275.00 every year on food that is ‘Wasted’. Food that goes into your garbage can that is perfectly good food.
Start by taking a look at your current grocery shopping, meal planning, and eating habits. Save a lot of cash and eat healthier foods. First ‘Stop’ eating out or ordering in meals more than two(2) times a month. You will save a ton of money and eat healthier foods cooking and eating your homemade meals.
Eating out or ordering in meals should be a special event. Not how you feed your family 7 days a week!
Save your unused vegetable parts in freezer bags for making homemade vegetable stocks. Save Carrot tops and tips, Mushroom stems, Celery tops and tough rib bottoms, Broccoli stems, Cabbage cores, Potato peelings, tomato parts, squash ends and peelings, turnip parts and peelings and such should all be used in making homemade vegetable stocks. Add fresh herbs that you like for more flavor.
Don’t buy boneless, skinless Chicken, Turkey, Beef or Pork. Remove the skin, excess fat and bones your self. It’s really easy to do. Save skins, fat bits and bones for making meat flavored soup stock. If necessary skim off excess fat from your meat stock.
Comparison shopping can save you significantly. The best way to save money at the grocery store is to not over shop. Go to your supermarket with a full stomach and a shopping list. Stick to your shopping list. Avoid making spur of the moment, impulse purchases.
Buy store brand canned fruit and vegetables.
Hint Always store food in your freezer or pantry in see through containers. You can’t / won’t cook foods that you don’t know you have.
Have a plan. Go to the grocery store with a weekly meal plan. People tend to over shop when they go in without a weekly meal plan. Plan a weeks worth of meals ahead of time so you know what you need to buy when you are at your supermarket, rather than buying what you’re in the mood for at the moment.
Save and store leftover bread in the freezer and when needed dice, toast them for croutons, or toast and pulse into breadcrumbs.
Make your own spice mixes. Spice mixes are almost always overpriced at your local grocery store.
Invest $20 or $30 dollars in a good quality meat tenderized.It will last a lifetime and will allow you to buy and use use cheaper cuts of meat without any loss in flavor.
Reserve chips and dips for parties and special occasions.
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