Monthly Archives: September 2008

How To Eat Better Without Breaking The Bank

When I was in college, I was content to open my kitchen cupboard and find it full of Ramen. Every flavor – except shrimp (yuck) – was represented after a trip to the grocery store. Not only did I know where my next meal was coming from, but I had saved money. Never mind that the instant noodles were high in sodium and had no redeeming nutritional value. They filled up this hungry college student. Many years, several jobs and … Continue reading

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Grocery Journal Entry

I just love this grocery journal entry made by tracitodd: “We spend all of our money on groceries — since the kids and I are at home 7 days a week and we don't eat out, we go through a lot of groceries!” She even uses coupons 🙂 It shows that the entries don't have to be boring and can even be artistic.

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Six Grocery Store Saving Money Secrets

Your grocery bill is likely one of the largest parts of your living expenses. If you were to rank them from largest to smallest, it would probably fall just after mortgage (or rent), energy and car payments. You can't do much to lower a mortgage payment or car payment, so trimming as much as you can from your weekly food bill makes a lot of sense. The problem is that we have seen food prices skyrocket, about as much as … Continue reading

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The Way You Grocery Shop Matters

I went grocery shopping today. I went to Publix, where I do all of my shopping. The store was well stocked. The produce was fresh. The employees were helpful and friendly. As I walked the aisles, I thought to myself, “this is fun.” Upon checking out, I was pleased with my savings (about 20%, despite close to half of my purchase being fresh meats and produce) and preparing to walk to my car, when the bagger stopped me and said, … Continue reading

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How To Buy Pork Ribs

When buying pork ribs these are the main points you need to remember: 1. Look for pork ribs that have little surface fat and a reddish pink hue. Dark red pork ribs have developed acid content and won't keep or cook as well as the lighter colored ribs. 2. Don't worry about the “sell-by” date unless it is past the marked date as these are not uniform from grocery store to grocery store. Instead, make sure that the pork ribs … Continue reading

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The Price of Pleasant Grocery Shopping

I generally try to save money on everything I buy, especially groceries since they take up a large chunk of our budget each month. We usually try to shop at our military commissary or at a certain national chain that is known for their low prices on groceries and everything else you can think of (I won’t name names, but it should be pretty obvious). Unfortunately our military commissary is more than a half hour from our house so in … Continue reading

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Four Types of Food Never To Take on a Picnic

If you are planning to go on a picnic, these are four types of food that should be left at home. 1. Anything that melts: If the day gets warm, anything that melts will be unwelcome at a picnic. Leave the chocolate and ice-cream at home. 2. Anything that spoils easily: If it is something that needs to be kept on ice, it doesn't belong at a picnic. Not only can it go bad, it can also make you very … Continue reading

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How To Buy Fresh Asparagus

When buying asparagus these are some of the main points you need to remember to get the best tasting stalks: 1. When choosing asparagus, you want straight, firm stalks that have tightly closed dark green or purple tips. This indicates that it is fresh. 2. While the diameter of the stalks doesn't matter when it comes to taste, you want to choose asparagus that is all the same size so that they all have the same cooking time. If not, … Continue reading

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Zucchini – What to do with America's Thriftiest Vegetable

My family has long had a love hate relationship with zucchini. My grandparents, mom and I have planted one plant each and every year for as long as I can remember. Until about mid-August every loaf of fresh-baked zucchini bread tastes like it came straight from heaven. But then it happens. At the end of summer, we're just sick of zucchini. Then it begins: The tooth and nail fight to give away as many zucchini as possible to all unsuspecting … Continue reading

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