10. Bread crumbs. Why throw your old bread ends away and buy somebody's dry bread for up words of two dollars a pound. It only takes a few minutes. Ditto stuffing mix.
9. Boxed meals. Pound for pound, they can be the most expensive sundry in the store. You are paying for a minuscule amount of pasta and an envelope of dry ingredients most of which are things I cannot pronounce.
8. Deli chickens. You are paying dearly for someone else to do ten minutes of work. Never buy a chicken that is less than three pounds. You are paying more for the bones you can't eat than you are for the meat. You don't know where that chicken came from. At five bucks for a three pound chicken, you are laying 1.67 a pound for what you can buy for .88 a pound and you know where that chicken came from. Buying a five pound chicken gets you a whole lot more meat for your buck.
7. Boxed Parmesan cheese. If Parmesan cheese is too expensive the day you buy it, try any number of dry cheeses. They will give you the same flavor boost, but for less money. Invest in a micro plane or a fine grater. Betty Crocker has one at the dollar store.
6. Potato chips. Haggens has them for 2.50 for 6-8 ounces. At 8 ounces, you are paying five dollars a pound for potatoes. In contrast, Winco has five pounds of French fries for about 3.50. You can cook them in the oven and have less fat!
5. Boxed Mac and cheese. Home made is just so much better. And it doesn't take much more time.
4. Fruit juice in little boxes. Many of them are ten percent juice. So, what's in the other 90 percent. I suspect sugar if some sort and preservatives.
3. Canned peas. I'm sorry, they are just gross.
2. Microwave popcorn. And air popper and regular popcorn ( Costco is cheapest) is cheaper and better for you. You can control the salt and butter.
1. Fruit in bags. If you get one rotten apple. You have not saved anything, One time I got a entire bag of rotten apples.