- Know the price of the things you buy in a regular basis : never pay full price. Look for the RBP ( rock bottom price ) and buy enough to last you until the next sale. Keep a limited stick on hand .
- Portion control. Exocets say your dinner plate should be an eight inch plate and 1/4 of it protein, 1/4 starch, and 1/2 vegetables or salad.
- Find sources of protein your family will eat that cost less than two dollars a pound. Your target price of a meal for 4 people should be five dollars or less. Average . ( 2 adults and 2 children )
- Develop a list of dinners that are within the price range that your family likes and can be made easy to cook and take little non- passive time. Make best use of pressure cookers , slow cookers, and your oven and microwave.
- Scratch cook , Places like pinterest are full of easy recipes. Adapt recipes that use boxes and cans of ......
- make your own bread. It seems daunting, but there are recipes that take very little effort and taste divine. The cost difference is about 90 percent when buying bulk flour. A loaf of artisan bread takes 10 working minutes and cost about a quarter. Most of them cost upwards of three dollars to purchase.
- Avoid processed foods. Basically, anytime someone has to handle your food, it's going to cost you more. With few exceptions. I can get pasta sauce on sale cheaper than I can make it. And there are a few items that I either just don't buy or I buy on sale because scratch is too labor intensive.
- Spend more time planning and shopping, and less time cooking , You virtually get paid to shop, you don't get paid to cook.
- Plan meals and allow yourself at least two meals back up for those days when a ,?!; storm happens. It happens to even the most organized people I know. Plan for it.
- Make mealtime fun and engage the children sometimes. It teaches them to cook. Engages them so they aren't making a mess while you cook, and gives them confidence. Wash their hands , and we avoid anything sharp, hot, or raw meat. Of course , a teen can learn safe skillsx and a toddler can count, stir, pour some things. At four my granddaughter could spread pizza sauce with a basting brush, fill a pizza. And roll pizza crust with supervision. Of course, the pepperoni was on the shape of a happy face, but we lived to tell about it ! Lol. When they are involved, they are more likely to eat it.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Thursday bullets : principles
Ten easy ideas to cut your grocery bill in half