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As the cost of groceries continues to skyrocket, many
families are looking for ways to stretch their meals further and to cut costs
without sacrificing nutrition.
While the key to making the most of your pantry and weekly trip to the
supermarket is careful planning, the subsequent article provides tips that can
help you save money and time.  You
can plan a plethora of delicious meals that are economical as well as healthy
when you map out your menu carefully and make the most of the ingredients you
have on hand.

 Time-Saving Techniques

Busy families can maximize their time by making various
meals for the week or even month on the weekend.  By freezing soups or stews, you can easily enjoy a
home-cooked meal on busy nights without having to devote more than ten minutes
to the warm-up process.  On nights
you plan to cook, be sure to make a double batch so that you’ll have a meal for
the next evening, too; many dishes like spaghetti or tacos often taste even
better the second night when the seasoning has had a chance to set in.  The weekends are also a great time to
do preparation work for the next week.
Peel, chop, and freeze vegetables for later use.

Make a List

When you sit down to plan your meals and make your grocery
list, you’ll discover that you can maximize your ingredients.  A list will also save you time at the
store and prevent you from buying items that are unnecessary and may even wind
up sitting on a pantry shelf or going bad because you didn’t have time to
prepare the item.  A list and its
associated meal menu will help you make the most of each ingredient.  If you buy a roast chicken for Sunday
dinner, you can certainly plan to make chicken soup on Monday.  You won’t waste any of the chicken and
you’ll have economical meals without preservatives and they’ll be filled with
great homemade taste.

 Coupons and Sales

Many shoppers save a good deal of money by using coupons or
shopping for sale items.
Many manufacturers post coupons on their websites, so it’s easier than
ever to simply print them out at home.
Sales for specific items like meats and frozen vegetables can be the
perfect time to buy in bulk and freeze for later use; by shopping this way, you
can save a considerable amount on groceries for a given month.

 Build Your Pantry

If you find yourself running to the store for this or that
all the time—you’re not saving time and you’re probably running out of the
store with items you didn’t even plan to purchase—which means you’re not saving
money either.  Each month or even
every season, you should assess your pantry.  By stocking items you use regularly like canned vegetables,
pasta, or jar sauces, you will always have ingredients on the ready and you’ll
save yourself the hassle of having to run out to the store for a can of tomato
soup or chili mix.

 Get Inspired

With a little online research now and then, you can find new
meals that have short prep times and big flavors.  Sites like the foodnetwork.com or pinterest.com are filled
with easy and economical dishes that may work perfectly for your family.  A bit of research will turn you on to
new products that may impact your cooking for the better or new techniques that
will improve your skills in the kitchen.
Great food doesn’t have to break your budget and new recipes will keep
you interested in making the most of your own kitchen.

Eating is an essential function of life and cooking is tied
to it.  You can learn to cook big
meals that last for days and you can make the most of each ingredient you buy
when you don’t waste and when you plan well.  A well-planned menu is the first step to more efficient
kitchen; by following these tips, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the extra
time and money you’ll save along with the great food you’ll enjoy!

 

– Sarah Pulsen for TheMomsBuzz.com

Author Bio:

Sarah Paulsen contributed this guest post on behalf of
FactoryFast.com.au – Visit the
Factory Fast website
for details. Sarah is a freelance writer. Her
articles appear on various online lifestyle publications.

 

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