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Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 7/23/2012 8:27 AM EDT
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Lowes Grocery Store Let the savings begin with Super Double Coupons July 25 - 31. We will gladly double your coupons up to $1.98 this week only. See our official coupon policy for details.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 7/27/2012 2:59 PM EDT
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Idahoan Mashed Potatoes 1.00. Barilla Spaghetti 1.00. Two fresh stuffed spinach & feta chicken breast regular 12.86. Sliced fresh turkey breast 2.79. Eight pieces of fried chicken regular 6.99 on sale 4.99. I paid 8.35 total for everything.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 7/28/2012 7:09 PM EDT
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GRANA here;
 Shopping the ads & combing sales w/  coupons. Buying less of the more costly  meats; cooking  more at home.Combining a [ lunch special] takeout meal for one w/ homemade rice & veggies, beverages & dessert & sharing one  meal between us.
A can of soda in a restaurant can cost $1-$2 = tax&tip, a 6 pack in thegrocery store;(not a convvenience store) is often $.99 for 6 cans; stays fresh for months is easy to chill open& pour.
We take out, one meal  add complimentary items at home, no tip on takeout  food; share it. saving up to 80% on the cost of meals for 2 people.Typically we are given extra slices of  crusty bread  in a bag, to go.I turn these into French bread pizza by adding my own ( leftover)  sauce  & cheese  shreds at home. 
The bread was intended to be eaten w/the meal, but  we don't  need to  overeat in this hot weather&instead enjoy the French breadpizza  at homea few  days later ; saving the cost ( $5-$10 + 9% meals tax  for a takeout pizza  that tastes no better than the French bread pizza, costing only a little leftover rpasta auce&   a litle shredded cheesebought on sale using  coupons[ $1.50 for nough cheese shreds for  3 weeks of pizza; leaving plrenty for cheese steaks& omelets .
A litle ingenuity & work = good meals& BIG savings

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 7/28/2012 7:14 PM EDT
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hi  MAXINE M

GRANA here;
*G*O*O*D* Money mouth *J*O*B*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Cool



In Response to Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?:
Idahoan Mashed Potatoes 1.00. Barilla Spaghetti 1.00. Two fresh stuffed spinach & feta chicken breast regular 12.86. Sliced fresh turkey breast 2.79. Eight pieces of fried chicken regular 6.99 on sale 4.99. I paid 8.35 total for everything.
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Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 7/30/2012 12:23 AM EDT
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Brim Cheese  Curl, Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice 59 ounces, Two bags Lays Potato Chips A Honeydew Melon. Grand total 2.79.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 7/30/2012 4:12 AM EDT
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I check the exp. dates on everything I buy. When items that we use are on sale, I buy some even if we do not need them that month( I have 2 bottles of BBQ sauce & 4 ketchup, but they were on sale with exp. dates of 2014 so I bought 5 of each) a can of tuna was on sale last month (exp. date of 2016), I had 10 cans, but I bought a few more & the next week they were still on sale so I bought another few cans). Knowing the reg. price of things that you buy, looking at the exp. dates & knowing that you can use the items before they expire helps.
I rarely buy things that are not on sale (eg. 2 or 4 bananas a week, a head of iceberg, 10# bag of potatoes) or a price drop.
If you see an item on sale, ask yourself how many ways you can use it, & how many you can use before the exp. date.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/3/2012 1:49 AM EDT
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Ivory liquid Hand soap refill16 fl oz. 2.45. Petroleum jelly 13oz 1.02.Fresh sour cream lemon pie 2.99.Two fresh deli Grilled salmon . Buy one get one free pint of Blueberries 4.99. Total paid 7.71 at Harris Teeter.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/8/2012 12:22 AM EDT
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It is Super Double Coupon time. This means any coupon up to and including 2.00 will be doubled. Harris Teeter

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/10/2012 12:29 AM EDT
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Two bags of Doritos. Two twelve packs of Wild Cherry Pepsi. One 59 ounce Indian River OJ. Using coupons I paid 4.64 for everything.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/11/2012 11:28 AM EDT
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16 jars Ragu spahgetti sauce,3 -30 oz.jars of Hellmans,8 Totinos pizza rolls,2 -6pk of Italian ice total paid after coupons $ 20 !!! Ladies I don't know if you save box tops for education.I don't have small children but I do give them to my son's boss and she turns them into her sons school.They love them and thank me all the time.JUST ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE A DOLLAR STRETCH EVEN FURTHER.The schools can use these to purchase equipment and supplies for the school.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/20/2012 12:09 AM EDT
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Despite that warning however, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization expects rice output to slightly surpass "excellent results" recorded last year, though the FAO cut its global forecast for production of unmilled rice to about 725 million tons from its previous figure of 732 million.

The world is feeling the onset of the El Nino weather phenomenon, which has a natural warming effect, is active in the western Pacific and expected to last until winter in the northern hemisphere, according to Japanese meteorologists.

The US farm belt has been ravaged by the most stifling drought since the 1950s, and the country's contiguous 48 states have just sweltered through the hottest July on record.

Corn production is probably at the lowest level in six years, the US Department of Agriculture said, and curtailed production will likely send corn and soybean prices to record highs, it added.

"Cereal prices have shot up, with an increase in (corn) prices of almost 40 percent since June 1," strategists at the CM-CIC brokerage noted.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/20/2012 7:20 AM EDT
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GRANA here;
HOW TO SAVE MONEY ( w/  all the INCREASES in PRICES )????????????????
 We eat more fruits &  veggies( in season& thereforelower priced; higher in fiber, vitamins& minerals, thereforemoresatisfying  Consuming less  animalproducts  smalller ortions, less often )
 The  same things you all do ( shop sales buy marked downs, use coupons.But it is stil not always  enoough  to stay w/in  budget.Cry 

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/20/2012 7:33 AM EDT
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I try to use sales or specials and manufacturers coupons.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/20/2012 9:27 AM EDT
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I am making a lot of meals with leftovers my food bill has increased 50 dollars a month

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/21/2012 1:24 AM EDT
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SUTTONS BAY, Mich. — Apple-picking, a cherished autumn tradition, is off to an early start in the Northeast and Upper Midwest as growers deal with aftershocks from wacky spring weather that hammered fruit crops.

A series of below-freezing nights in April zapped buds that had sprouted during a rare summerlike stretch the previous month, decimating cherries, peaches and other tree fruits. While some apple orchards escaped relatively unscathed, many are producing only a small fraction of their normal output and some are coming up empty.

Michigan was hit especially hard. A harvest of perhaps 3 million bushels is expected, down from the usual 23 million or so, said executive director Diane Smith of the Michigan Apple Committee.



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Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 8/31/2012 12:13 AM EDT
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I purchased four 12 paks of Coke products and paid 8.07 total

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 9/4/2012 12:15 AM EDT
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Sunday's paper did not carry  any coupons because of the Holiday.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 9/4/2012 7:21 AM EDT
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The holiday sales were not good this Labor Day.
 I did buy the 28 oz cans of Bush baked beans (on sale 3 for $5 & I had 2 coupons for $1 .00 off 2, so I bought 4 cans for a total of $ 4.67) the reg. price is $ 2.29 a can & the exp. date is 2014, & I bought a boneless 1/2 pork loin for $ 1.87# (use by date of Sept. 21) so I will be cutting that up for the freezer.  Kroger had a 1/2 price sale on select Freshlike canned veggies. so I bought carrots, beets, green beans & peas (exp. dates of 2014 & 2015). I can use the carrots when the fresh carrots are not on sale & in stew or soup (& the dog ikes them), I like beets in my salad now & then, for pickled eggs & harvard beets, hubby likes the canned peas with stroganoff (I use the frozen ones for soup) & I like the canned green beans(I use them in bean salad, or make dilly beans). Hubby likes canned cream corn, but likes fz. whole corn, I got a rain check for the cream corn.  $ .59 a can is a whole lot better than paying $ 1.18 a can.
When I make a roast, I make potatoes, carrots, green beans & corn. Less meat is eaten & there is plenty for planned overs (hot or cold sandwiches, French dip, stew or soup), plus hubby eats more vegs. this way & the "left over" vegs. can go into the stew or soup.

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 9/4/2012 9:53 AM EDT
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i use coupons and watch for sales and stock up

Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 9/4/2012 4:41 PM EDT
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Coupons!!
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