I also always check the mark down section ever since I found one of my meds for less than Costco charges . They marked it down because the box had been opened, but then it contained three boxes that were still factory sealed, I got two cans of S &; W low sodium chilli beans for .49 each, The good deal happened when I used an.55 coupon. I got two cans for .43. Or .215 a can.
It just a mindset, You can have good food, watch the nasty 😷 salt, sugar, trans fats, sulfite, hydrogenated oils, HFCS, and preservatives and still eat on a budget.
- Know your prices and unless it's something you really really can't do without, don't buy anything unless it's at your target price.
- Buy dairy when it's on sale and buy enough to feed your family before the sell by date expires.
- Buy fresh produce in season and buy it as close to out of the earth as you can. . In other words, less packaging and handling is better for the most part. Certain stores are better than others for produce. I got ten pounds of potatoes for less than what five pounds cost at another store,
- Buy a limited variety of cuts of meat, buy it in bulk and portion control it. Cook it if it is appropriate and freeze it. Certain cuts are very versatile . I always cook and de-fat ground beef and sausage, It's more efficient than cooking as you need it, Tonight I threw cooked hamburger, enchalada sauce That I purchased for a dime, and taco seasoning that I made .10) in the insta pot on sauté, As soon as it came to a boil, I reprogrammed it to slow cooker and let it simmer. It took a matter of minutes.
- Make your bread if possible, The cost is about a tenth of the cost of buying it. There are recipes that are really fast and easy, ( non passive time )
- Load up on picnic supplies around summer holiday time, It will be the cheapest prices on things like BBQ sauce, catsup , mustard etc.
- Things like olive oil, flour and beans are cheaper if you can buy bulk at a warehouse store, pinto beans are cheapest at the dollar tree and they are non GMO and grown and packaged in the USA. Costco is cheaper, but we can't use 25 pounds before they go bad,