Related: Our Best Vegetarian Recipes. It used to be that store-brand products were at the bottom of the barrel in terms of quality and price , but luckily times have changed and store brands are meeting the standards of big-name brands while still keeping their prices low. Entire grocery store chains have dedicated themselves to their own store brands think Trader Joe's and Aldi and have become hugely popular with consumers wanting savings on their grocery bills.
If you don't have a specialty store in your area, most large-chain grocers have their own store brands for less too. Pictured recipe: Basic Herb Pesto. Fresh herbs are pricy. But as with spices, we would never say to skip them—they're key to making your food taste great. Look for combination packages of fresh herbs; they may be labeled "poultry mix" and typically contain a couple of different herbs, such as rosemary, thyme and marjoram.
That way you get a bit of a few different herbs and you'll likely have less waste.
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Growing your own fresh herbs is another great option and easy to do even if you live in a smaller space. Many herbs need just a small pot and a bright windowsill to grow. And, though the flavors will be slightly different, you can replace fresh herbs in a recipe with dried. The rule of thumb is to follow is a three-to-one fresh-to-dried ratio. So if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon i. Rosemary, oregano, sage and thyme are good bets when going from fresh to dry. Avoid making swaps with cilantro, parsley or chives as those dried herbs don't carry much flavor.
Related: How to Preserve Fresh Herbs. They're packed with fiber and protein and, when prepared well, they're also delicious—just check out our Healthy Recipes That Start with a Can of Chickpeas for more than dozen wonderful ways to use one of our favorite legumes. We always keep cans of beans such as chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans and cannellini in the cupboard and whip them out to use in salads, pasta, stir-fries, soups, dips and sandwiches.
Dried beans are even less expensive than canned and cook up easily. If you plan on cooking dried beans on the regular, you may want to invest in a pressure cooker such as an Instant Pot or a multicooker. You can skip the time spent soaking and have most beans done in under an hour. And don't forget to freeze any extras! Related: Healthy Recipes with Beans. Whole grains are a staple of many healthy diets—like the Mediterranean diet —and luckily they're readily available.
Whole grains like brown rice and barley are easy to find, and cheap too, while "fancier" grains like quinoa and farro tend to be a little more expensive. We wouldn't want you to miss out on these delicious whole grains, so we recommend buying them from the bulk section. This way you can buy exactly what you need without wasting a thing. Related: How to Cook Whole Grains. Pictured recipe: Cauliflower Rice-Stuffed Peppers.
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Meatloaf, meatballs, burgers. They all start with ground beef, which is a good thing since ground beef is as budget-friendly as it is versatile—tacos, stuffed peppers and spaghetti sauce are just a few more places to put ground beef to work. You can buy ground beef by the pound, or prepackaged. Sometimes ground beef is cheaper per pound the more you buy.
Compare prices between prepackaged ground beef in the 1- to 2-pound range with "family packs" that come in the 3-pound range. You may be able to save 10 to 20 cents per pound by buying more. I think the basic idea is you get a bulk order of meat can split it with a friend or friends if 40 lbs of chicken breast is too much for you!
I recently got hamburger from Zaycon and loved it! Made up 5lbs of taco meat right away and froze individually per lb. Than packaged up the rest. It is very lean, great taste and cooks up fast which I love also being a busy mom of 6. Ill be ordering the chicken next; good price and heard its good in taste also. I like to cook about 10 lbs. We have purchased from Zaycon but the offerings in our area are hit and miss. I LOVE your website and the extra goodies you add.
Keep up the great work! One thing that helps me is to shop loss leaders. I try to stock up for the entire next month when I see the sales. For example, around Easter ham will go on sale. So buy several, cut them up in meal-sized portions and freeze them for coming months. Thanks for reminding me of these great tips! Those are good tips. I keep a price book too. What I do, is to have a different protein source every day so our week looks like this: beef, chicken, albacore tuna, black beans, eggs and then two days a week I repeat one of those.
More often than not, I only purchase one item of beef per week and one item of skinless boneless chicken breasts per week. I only purchase organic protein sources so it is more expensive but since toxins are stored in fat, if you are going to go organic on anything, make it your protein sources. By using them only once a week, I save money and we get some variety. Another point for your readers is that as you get older as in over 60 maybe? There are just 2 of us and we were throwing tons of food away every month simply because we fill up on much less. Well, maybe not tons but a lot.
When I originally started making it for us, I would use 2 boneless, skinless chicken half-breasts. One night after we finished, we looked at our plates and both of us had only eaten half of the half breast. We were throwing at least an entire one away. So, believe it or not, I bake one half-breast boneless, skinless , use half of the soup called for and much less butter and cheese. Still our favorite! We are satisfied — not trying to diet on this one. Neither of us is much on leftovers so we have really started paying attention to how much we eat. When we want something with hamburger, I just pull out one sandwich bag and on to the recipe.
We have saved hundreds of dollars since we started paying attention to what we were eating and what we were throwing away. These are really good tips!
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The prices are MUCH lower! Check to see if your grocery store has a similar section. I love this! I feel like we spend a ridiculous amount on our meat, and our grocery bill overall. So…we compromise. Thank you Kalyn! You are very welcome! My husband is all about the meat and potatoes too. Your daughter has good name — and I love the spelling! I pay really close attention to the prices of meat, and when I find something on a good sale, I stock up.
My family would freak out of they didnt have meat in every meal, so I have to find ways to make that work while keeping within my budget.
I look for markdowns on meat that is close to its expiration date. Wednesdays or Thursdays are the best day to find meat markdowns in my local store. Greetings from Northern Europe. An excellent way to cut down your meat bill is to make beef stock from marrow bones, onion, carrots, celery and swedes.
Two pounds of bones easily produce at least a gallon of stock. Spend time learning to cook vegetables so they are not an also ran. When you cook bacon or sausage save the fat in the fridge to give a meatier flavor to things. Dont use single portion meat. Bread crumbs are your friend, meatloaf, meatballs, cutlets, all seem like more when stretched.
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Sams club and gfs is where I normally buy meat and sams has boneless skinless chicken breast is 1. Gfs has leg quarters in a 40lb case for One of my tricks is that I go to the store right before closing.
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Then I ask them how much more they would be willing to mark it down if I purchased all of it… I dont have them wrap it up in small pkgs. They're usually cheaper than in a grocery store and come in larger quantities. You can also buy spices online in specialized stores or on Amazon. If you're going to buy organic, start with produce that's on the Dirty Dozen list. For stuff like avocados and cabbage — both part of the Clean Fifteen — you can save money by going conventional. If you're buying precut veggies and fruits, you're probably throwing your money down the drain.
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Buy whole, cut and prep yourself, and use ziplock bags if you don't want to eat everything in one go. It may be a little more effort but it'll make for more food for less money and less plastic waste! Share On facebook Share On facebook Share. Share On vk Share On vk Share. Share On lineapp Share On lineapp. Share On twitter Share On twitter Share. Share On email Share On email Email. Share On sms Share On sms. Share On whatsapp Share On whatsapp. Share On more Share On more More. Share On tumblr Share On tumblr.
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