We all wanted to know how to save money. Here’s a few I’ve learned over the years.
· Check out the bargain bakery bin. Most of the bread and bakery good are ready to expire, but can be frozen.
· Orphan or bargain fruit rack. The majority of the items broke off from the bunch or spilled out of a bag and or much less than normal.
· Sample items. Because they usually come with a $1 coupon and are on sale that week. Don’t get them if they’re still very expensive or you don’t like the product.
· In-store coupon dispensers. Often it could be dispensing a coupon for something you were going to buy anyhow.
· Rotate your groceries. Use what is going to go bad first. Over forty percent of food gets thrown away in the US. Some because it de-evolved into something nasty while waiting to be used.
· Browse the deli for the sale stickers. It’s hard to go wrong with a rotisserie chicken.
· Always check out seasonal items the week after a season passes. I used to load up on seasonal candy for my students. They didn’t care it if had reindeer, eggs, or hearts on it.
· At home, make sure you include a paper towel in your salad kits to soak up the excess moisture. Try to use it within a week too.
· Spinach limp? It can be sautéed, go into soup, or form the base of a green smoothie.
· Sale on cheese? It can be frozen too, except for cream cheese.
· Meat is usually cheaper in the huge family packs. Can’t afford it, then split it with a friend.
· Crackers, chips, cookies can be refreshed in the oven on a high rack, around 225 for 5-8 minutes. The object is to make them crisp, not cook them.
· Slow foods are less expensive, instead of minute rice, use long grain rice. You can use a rice cooker, which you can pick up at your local thrift shop. Several couple received one as a wedding present and don’t have a clue what it is.
· Too much salad? It will last another day if you don’t put cut tomatoes or dressing on it. Grape or cherry tomatoes are your better choice.
· Don’t overlook The Dollar Tree when shopping for food items. I picked up name brand premade turkey gravy for a dollar, which was less than the grocery. They have a large assortment of spices too.
· Applesauce, apple butter, and other fruit sauces can be turned over after securely fasten the lid to make an air vacuum. This prevents mold.
· Storing dry pasta in a plastic container prevents weevils.
· Putting bread on top of the fridge dries it out and promotes house pests.
· Freeze bacon, especially turkey, it goes slimy in about two weeks.
· Feeling ambitious, pre-cook a large meal and freeze half of it. Then helps on those rushed days. It also uses less electricity.
Those are my food tips for the week.