One of my favorite recipe magazines is Food EveryDay, a Martha Stewart Magazine. I simply love everything they features, recipes, tips, smart shopping, you name it. Here are 5 ways to save time and money that I consider you implement at home. If you do, or already do, please tell me about it!
- Buy whole chickens. They typically cost less per pound than the precut pieces, especially chicken breast. The good thing about this is that you can use what you need and save the rest. Even, the bones, neck and giblets you can save for later, store and freeze them for chicken stock.
- Use the bulk section. When the grocery store buys in bulk, you win too. Grains, dried beans, nuts at usually so much less in bulk than prepackaged.
- Freeze items on sale. I like this one! Take advantage of discounted prices on milk, butter, meat. Store them nicely and freeze. You not only save here $$$$ but also time, less trips to the store.
- Organize your shopping. This one is the typical "I-know-this-one" but it is so hard to stick to it. Here is the tip though. Take 5 minutes before heading to the market to take inventory of your kitchen, then arrange your list around the layout of the store. Your shopping will go faster, with fewer missed items, and you will be less tempted to buy foods you don't really need. I have tried the "do your list" and it never works. But, it may for you! 😉
- Prep your greens. Skip pricey salad packs. Wash and spin-dry lettuce yourself. Store clean greens in a paper-towel lined salad spinner for up to 5 days. They'll be ready to go when you want them. So much less will likely go bad. This is a great tip!
– The Moms Buzz
source: Food EveryDay, April 2010 edition