How do you cut down on your grocery bill?

United States
April 10, 2007 12:04am CST
How do you cut down on your grocery bill? One thing I do is make TV dinners. After we are finished with a meal many times there is just a scoop of mashed potatoes, or corn leftover. I don't throw them away. I put them in a TV dinner tray until I have a full dinner. Today I may add potatoes. On Wednesday, I may add corn. The next day I may add chicken. That is one way. I also use coupons. When chicken or other items are on sale I stock up. I also go after the the discontinued items because the price goes way down to sell fast.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
i but a lot of off brand products. most of the time they're exactly the same as their name brand counterparts and you can't even tell the difference.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
meant by not but, sheesh, i cannot spell tonight.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
meant buy not but, sheesh, i cannot spell tonight.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I know someone who worked for a food company and he said that many off brands were produced in the same factories as the expensive ones.
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@chiyosan (29927)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
i just need to go and buy whatever it is that we need, that should keep groceriy bills down.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
That is a good idea. No extras.
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 07
I plan properly what I will cook for the week, and buy vegetables just enough for the week. I usually buy those less expensive vegetables, in order to cut down the grocery bills.
• United States
10 Apr 07
I am a planner, too!
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I use coupons. I do some comparison shopping and bulk purchasing. When I have just a few vegetables left over from a meal, rather than throw it out, I have a soup bowl in my freezer with a good sealed lid. I continue adding to it until I have enough for a good soup base.
• United States
10 Apr 07
I love the soup bowl idea!
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I think I spend more on groceries than anything else. Because I love to cook, I often end up with having a refrigerator full of food and I will forget about what's in there. That's when I force myself to stop cooking, and I will use up whatever cooked food I have. Whenever I do that, I end up saving a lot of money. I make a lot of homemade soups and bread, bean burritos, stir-frys, and seasonal vegetables and fruits that I get from a farm, and that saves a lot too.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
My refridgerator gets full, too. I do make bread and that is cheap to make.
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
10 Apr 07
OMG I will just go on a diet! Yours sounds like a good plan though, but I know it won't last here by me. I normally give all the leftovers to our domestic worker.
• United States
10 Apr 07
Annie, you are sweet. God bless you! Ten stars for you!
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@limosonia1 (1560)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I buy in bulk with a lot of coupons so that i can make the money stretch out. Like I bought ham on sale and bought a big one. I made easter dinner with the ham and then with the left over ham i cut some of it up and made a casserole for wed. the rest i froze into individual packages some for my oldest son to snack on and the others for a different pot luck. Usually what ever i make i can make some kind of different leftover for another day during the week,
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• United States
11 Apr 07
I do that, too. We have leftover ham and I will be making ham and green beans with potatoes.
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
11 Apr 07
My hubby likes for me to buy for the month as best as I can. We buy bigger size items and use coupons and buy things on sale. Also, we eat a lot of leftovers, you can be very creative with them too. Soups are always delicious from leftovers too. I knew someone once who did the tv dinners like you mentioned. I still have to go back to the grocery several times, but it's not so bad b/c I have already bought up the main ingredients.
• United States
11 Apr 07
I could be even more intensive with this if I had a floor length freezer, but we do not have the room. My husband hates TV dinners. I have to hide them. :)