May 20, 2013 | 01:29 AM (BD Time)
20 May, 2013 Monday
Ways to save money at the grocery store
Everyone likes to save money, but a bit of planning ahead can save you dollars and time at the supermarket. Follow these simple suggestions from Sarah Kallio and Stacey Krastins, authors of Stocked Kitchen: One Grocery List…Endless Recipes and never toss away unused food again.
Always check for sales, but especially on the more expensive items. Whether we are out or not, we always check to see if frozen shrimp, canned lump crabmeat, and the other items on the list are on sale. We bring them home and, when appropriate, put them right in the freezer. If possible, buy canned goods by the case. They stay good, almost, forever. If you have the room to store them, it's much more economical to buy them in bulk. We love our warehouse retail chains for this!
We recommend buying ingredients in the sizes suggested on the list. We have paid close attention, making sure sizes are usable and the least wasteful. We've erred on the side of opening more cans rather than having half of the cans' contents go to waste.
You don't always have to keep every item on the list in stock. For instance, vanilla ice cream is used only for dessert recipes. If you are not a dessert person, you don't always need to have this on hand. Obviously, Gorgonzola, blue, and feta cheeses have unique flavors that may not be your cup of tea. If this is the case, don't buy them. Although other cheeses will certainly change the taste of your recipes (isn't that the point?), equal amounts of Parmesan or mozzarella can be generally substituted.
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