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How To Save Money On Groceries

How To Save Money On Groceries

Ever find yourself asking "How can I save money on food?" In these tough economic times it is more common to be asking such questions. More and more we seek out tips to save money wherever we can.

Everyone from growers to wholesalers and retailers will provide rewards for buying in bulk for one main reason - it helps them move inventory. Moving large amounts of inventory translates into savings on shipping and storage for them. To elicit bulk purchases sellers offer rewards in the form of lower prices.

Save money on groceries by buying the larger quantities, it pays.

What to buy

When bought in bulk, the price per ounce of soda is a fraction of the cost of individual cans or bottles

Dry beans, grains (rice, oatmeal,, etc.), processed grains (flour, polenta, etc.), nuts, spices, dried fruit, cheese, coffee, fresh produce, meats, seafood tea, and bread are also significantly cheaper if bought in large quantities.

How to manage what you buy

The first hurdle to buying in bulk is the size of your household. If there are only 1 or 2 of you then find some buddies or even some other families to share with. You must otherwise make the decision as to what you can realistically handle.

Whether your household is small or large, you do not want to make the mistake of buying something for the sake of saving only to find yourself in a horrible game of eating as much as you can before it goes bad. This will only make you over-eat or get sick of that food, and despite your best efforts you will likely need to throw some away in the end.

Here are some ways to manage those bulk quantities:

Transfer goods from bags to re-sealable containers.

  1. This is highly recommended for grains and processed grains to prevent moisture or insects from entering.

  2. An excellent method for retaining freshness with snacking items and spices.

Freeze what you can

  1. Portion out fresh meats and seafood into re-sealable freezer bags.

  2. Cook meats, seafood or even entrees (casseroles, soup, hamburger, etc.), break them up into meal portions, and then freeze.

  3. Cut a block of cheese in half or thirds or even shred it first then place in re-sealable bags.

  4. Place a loaf of bread in the freezer in the plastic bags they are sold in, or cut up specialty loafs (baguettes, French bread, etc.) and place in re-sealable bags.

  5. Coffee - freezing will extend shelf life without sacrificing flavor.

Miscellaneous tips and tricks to extend shelf life

  1. Add a pinch of salt to the milk carton when you open it to extend the life by many days.

  2. Break up bunches of bananas and store them in sealed bags. As a banana ages it releases gases which cause it (and any nearby fruits) to ripen quickly. Separating and bagging them will extend their life.

  3. Wrap lettuces and fresh herbs in paper towels then seal in a bag to extend their freshness.

  4. Place an apple in a bag of potatoes to keep them from budding.

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