Friday, November 01, 2013

6 Simple Ways To Bring Down The Cost Of Your Grocery Bill.

6 Simple Ways to Cut Grocery Bills

Some people spend far too much money on food even though they can’t afford it, so I’ve showed them a few simple ways to save money from now on.

Sometimes it’s not easy to save money on food when you don’t know what you’re doing, but that needs to change because it’s actually easy to do. We’re going to look at some great tips that will save you money instantly. You will finally be able to eat like a king without putting yourself into more debt.

Buy carbs in bulk

When you go to the supermarket you might be tempted to pick up a small packet of rice or pasta, but since carbs can last for a very long time you should buy them in bulk. You just need to store them in an airtight container and you can work your way through them every day. If you have any Asian supermarkets near your home you will find huge bags of delicious rice inside. Once of those will definitely take more than a few weeks to get through.

Frozen veggies

Vegetables are very important and you need them in your diet, but I can definitely see why you would get upset when you want to buy lots because they are so expensive. Things change when you start looking in the freezer instead of the fresh produce section. You can pick up lots of frozen veggies for a lot cheaper and they will still taste great, plus just because they are frozen it doesn’t mean they lose all of their goodness.

Cheap cuts of meat

You don’t need to spend all your money on expensive cuts of meat because it doesn’t really make a difference to your health. Fatty cuts of meat are even more delicious and they won’t cost as much. Don’t think you’re going to put on weight when you start eating fatty meat because it doesn’t work that way. Some rougher cuts of meat will transform into a delicious stew and that is one of the cheaper meals around.

Don’t drink fruit

Just because fruit is nature’s candy it doesn’t mean you need to drink it even though it does taste good. Fruit smoothies are usually very expensive and if you buy small bottles you will still be hungry because they don’t fill you up. When you eat solid fruit you will actually have proper food in your system and you won’t want to keep snacking. This means you won’t need to waste money on other treats.

Never waste a meal

There will come a time when you cook more food than your belly can handle. When you can’t eat anything else you might not be able to stand the sight of whatever is left on your plate, but don’t forget to put it in the fridge because you can eat the leftovers the following day. Some meat and gravy can always be put on your sandwiches for work. I’m sure you will be able to get even more creative once you know what food you have leftover.

Grow your own

Growing your own food is probably the easiest way to save a lot of money. You don’t have to go to the extreme when you’re choosing what to grow. A couple of vegetables and some herbs won’t take much effort and I’m sure you’ll love the taste of them. Nobody is saying you need to raise your own lambs and pigs in order to cut your own meat. Just choose vegetables you eat on a regular basis because you will have more use for them.

Avoid luxuries

Everything we’ve talked about today should help you save a little extra money each month. Just don’t go around spending all your money on luxuries if you can’t afford it, but at the same time you can always treat yourself every once in a while otherwise you might go crazy.

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Anna David, the author of this article, works with, Fresh Produce Displays, leading importers of refrigerator units in Australia. She takes keen interest in jewellery designing and loves to cook for her family. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Inexpensive Meals for a Shoestring Budget

Inexpensive Meals for a Shoestring Budget

Inexpensive Meals for a Shoestring Budget


Inexpensive Meals

Feeding your family on a tight budget doesn’t have to mean going hungry. Choose dinners that fill you up and cost less than $10.00 for the entire family. This is possible when you include vegetables and other inexpensive items available in most any grocery store. Making ends meet and stretching your dollars is possible and provides a way to ensure your family doesn’t go hungry. Since many families trying to meet basic expenses resort to Payday loans to pay their bills, you can make your limited cash go further by choosing inexpensive and easy methods of cooking.


Cabbage Stew
Cabbage fills you up quickly and is relatively inexpensive at less than 10 cents per pound. Fill a pot halfway with water and include some peeled carrots, onions, two cloves of garlic, potatoes, a vegetable bouillon cube for flavor, and a single bay leaf. Cut the cabbage into quarters and make sure the water completely covers the ingredients and boil your ingredients for one hour. When finished, you will have a tasty meal that can serve a family of four for less than $10.00.


Provided you can purchase butter, syrup and a basic pancake mix, you can serve pancakes for breakfast and fill your family’s bellies. Unlike waffles, pancakes only require a stove-top and a pan to make a delicious meal. Round out the meal with some fresh seasonal fruit with yogurt and you will have a complete breakfast that helps your family get the nutrients they need to get through the day.


Packages of pasta can be purchased for only a few dollars and boiled to create a filling and healthy meal. For a few cents more, you can purchase spinach or wheat pasta. Boil the pasta based on the package recommendations and then add parmesan cheese or toss in an inexpensive olive oil for additional flavor. Serve with a fresh made salad for a complete meal under $10.00.


Bread Products
For those on an extremely tight budget, bread products provide a way to feel full without eating a lot of food. Add bread products to any meal to create a satisfying meal that provides your family with carbohydrates to fuel them throughout the day. Choose whole grain breads and avoid bleached or refined breads to maintain minerals and nutrients.


Pizzas can be found in any grocery store and major pizza chains often offer large pizzas for around $10.00. Look for coupons and you may find that you can add on breadsticks or a side for free. Pizza provides several healthy ingredients, creates a tasty meal and makes it possible to fill up a hungry family due to the robust dough and toppings that you can add to the pizza.


Choose hearty and inexpensive soups complete with potatoes, meat or noodles. Soup can be purchased in family size containers and easily provides enough food for a small to mid-sized family. Follow the instructions on the soup can and add crackers to provide an extra element to help your family members fill up quickly. Soups have a tendency to have high levels of sodium, so look for brands with low sodium to help. There are also several varieties of soup starters, which allow you to provide soup that tastes homemade.


 Andrew Greene is a freelance writer and blogs for where you can get payday loans fast!



Quick And Easy Menus On A Dime

Quick And Easy Menus On A Dime

Friday, December 23, 2011

How to Shop and Eat Frugally

 How to Shop and Eat Frugally

How to Shop and Eat Frugally

How to Shop and Eat Frugally

Raising a family can be tough. Especially during these trying economic times, being frugal is key to keeping the wolf away from the door. There are a few key things to consider when budgeting to provide for you and your children. Make your dollar stretch as much as you can, go green by recycling, reusing, and reinventing uses for items around the house, and stop any leaks to your income! Follow these tips and you’ll be set for frugal living!


Buy In  Bulk
 Buying items in bulk (that can be kept in storage for long periods of time without spoiling) is a big help. Yes, upfront cost may seem like a lot at first, but if you portion out staples such as rice, beans, and cereals, your daily costs per head goes down significantly. Look for items that are on sale. Frozen vegetables are good choices, as they are typically flash frozen. Make sure you have durable storage containers that won’t let air in to create food spoilage, and a working freezer. Spices and sauces are a must have, in order to dress up meals, to keep them flavorful and interesting.


Farmer & Markets
Farmer’s markets, flea markets, or swap-o-ramas are great places to score items for the kitchen, home, and the wardrobe! Make a game out of salvaging unique items at flea markets or thrift stores with your kids, and don’t forget to haggle. Teach your kids the value of investing in items such as wooden furniture that can be repainted, decorated, and last a longer time than prefabricated furniture made overseas for cheap at discount stores. Vendors at markets are apt to give a deal to a customer, especially the last day of selling, to get rid of merchandise. Farmer’s markets can be great places to find cheap organic vegetables, spices, and other items to fill your cupboard.



Avoid Fast Food
As tempting as it is, avoid fast food. Fast food can lead to getting you and your children hooked on addictive sugary drinks, fatty food, and eventually expensive doctor bills later in life, due to obesity, tooth decay, and other detrimental health problems. Try to buy more vegetables, and keep portion sizes small, but full of various colorful vegetables and spices. Pair with rice or noodles to make a filling meal. Drink lots of water throughout the day, as sugary drinks and fruit juices are more expensive, and leech nutrients from the body, weakening the immune system. If you can, make a mini garden with your kids, in order to grow some of your own food, teach your family about respect for nature, and lower your food bill costs.



Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce consumption by reusing glass containers to grow sprouts, organize buttons, make your own candle holders, or other uses. Old clothes can be turned into dust rags, quilts, pillows, or rugs. Turn off lights when they are not in use in the house. Wash dishes by hand instead of using a dishwasher. Cancel your cable subscription and avoid TV as much as you can. Save coupons and use them for higher priced items that you want. Keep clutter in the house to a minimum and only purchase what you need, and have a yard sale or donate unused items. Remember to be creative with decorating, meals, and spend time together with your family. Being frugal can be a learning experience to live more simply and naturally, and not getting caught up in blindly consuming short-lived items.




Tyra Tierra likes to write about recycling, traveling , and   visiting

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