Stretching Your Grocery Budget
Looking for ways to stretch that dollar to feed your family? Here are tips that I've found to help our family of four.
How many times have you thrown food away because it spoiled before you ate it?
We changed our approach to food and have stretched our savings and food stores by using these few tricks.
Buying nuts in bulk is cheaper, but you don't want them to go back. Separate them into air tight containers until you're ready to use them.
We freeze our own beans! We soak them and divide them into meal size servings and lay them flat to freeze.
We portion our meats and freeze them.
Just make sure to label the freezer bag with the date and remove as much air as possible.
We do this for all our meats - chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, pork loin steaks.
TIP! Save all your chicken scraps, skin and bones, as well as any vegetable scraps. I store them in a freezer bag and once the bag is full, I slow cook the scraps into a broth. I let the broth cool and skim the fat, then store it!
For portion control, freeze your cookie dough. We fly through a batch of cookies in a few days. Roll the dough into small balls and freeze them.
Transfer them to a freezer bag with the baking instructions on the outside. Only take out the number of cookies you want to eat.
We make our own granola. It's so easy, just find your favorite recipe and make. Much cheaper than store bought without all the preservatives.
One of our biggest money savers is making our own pizza. We buy frozen dough in bulk. We've made our own pizza sauce, too. You can read more about how we save $600 a year on Pizza with this Hometalk post: http://www.hometalk.com/6163232/how-i-saved-600-on-pizza
Making your own bread may be daunting, but it's really quite easy. One recipe we use makes two loaves.
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!Go