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

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

posted at 11/25/2013 12:59 AM EST
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Sunday's Paper has new Smart Source and Red Plum Coupons this week

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

posted at 11/25/2013 7:36 AM EST
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 I take coupons to the store for my big order and the we go and pick up other stuff at the store.

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posted at 11/25/2013 7:36 AM EST
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 I take coupons to the store for my big order and the we go and pick up other stuff at the store.

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

posted at 11/25/2013 8:03 AM EST
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I try to buy less, combine specials with coupons, and look for marked down items in the store.

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

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It is Super Double Coupon time Again at Harris Teeter.

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

posted at 1/8/2014 7:55 PM EST
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GRANA here;
Today we combined mfr coupons & wholesale club coupons getting 6 cans of lower sodium soups for$3.71 , less than $1___ can (2  servings each)hubby   really likes the stuff &  adds a side salad or toasted wholegrain bagel w/ PB ;spinach & artichoke spread or  cottage cheese &  chives for a well balanced EZ low cost meal I have plain broth w/ a toasted bagel
We both have  an apple, melon pieces &/ or cookies. Eating simple, eating lite is our attempt  t o not overspend on groceries. Of course all the items  are bought on sale / using coupons.we both like the $$$ savings& I like taking it easy( feet up reading a book while hubby easily puts together a good meal for himself or both of us. Cleanup is easy  too. ( a soup pot bowls & spoons )

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posted at 1/17/2014 12:30 AM EST
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I purchased a loaf of French Bread and 59 ounces of Indian River Orange Juice Thursday. The Total was 3.16. I used coupons

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posted at 1/17/2014 10:20 AM EST
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We use coupons and buy in bulk when possible.

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

posted at 1/17/2014 8:23 PM EST
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Haven't been shopping much lately but trying to use coupons as much as possible.

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

posted at 1/19/2014 2:05 PM EST
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GRANA here;
 Buying only what is on sale , hopefully w/ coupons,  eat less [smaller 
portions]  buy in season produce,  and wasting nothing! leftover  cooked pasta can be  used in omelets ( frittatas), A BIG FREE sample cookie is dessert for two when combined  w/ in season fruit OLD TRICKS  from my Great Depression survivor GrandmotherCool

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

posted at 1/19/2014 2:16 PM EST
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GRANA here;
 We don't eat much meat; only buy it on sale/marked downs longer cooking meats ( stew/pot roast  cost less & taste great . apples in season make  a great  apple crisp ;baked apples are pretty good too Smile
Dessert is optional &  if it is fruit can be a healthy part of a well balanced meal.
We buy a whole cantaloupe on sale &  cut into  bite sized chunks for   snacks &  desserts throughout the day
. Innocent

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

posted at 1/20/2014 8:02 AM EST
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I try to combine store sales or specials with manufacturers coupons.

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

posted at 1/20/2014 8:05 AM EST
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I always read the grocery ads in the Tuesday paper.  I make my list by what's on sale.  Rarely do I get stuff that isn't on sale.   Last week my Hy-Vee store had many coupon specials, like flour for 99, butter for 1.77.  also apples and pears were on for 99 a pound.  I got a bag of cat food that was $5 off the regular price and I had a coupon.

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

posted at 1/20/2014 12:15 PM EST
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judy,
I also only buy things that are on sale, only rarely do I pay full price for anything I use
from staples to meats and veggies     etc.
also when split breasts are 99 cents my g.s. helps me divide and freeze them     roasts are cut in half before freezing     hb meat is normally   seasoned and browned and pkg in single use sizes
when I simmer chicken breasts       I de-bone them  cut them up and freeze w/ broth  for easy chicken salad, or chicken and noodles using those  ball freezer jars

yesterday I grilled 2 pkgs of bnls  country style ribs I bought at aldi's for 2.49 total about 6.00
today  I put them  on a wax-paper covered sheet and put them in the freezer    I wiil wrap indiv and store in freezer bags               I got 3 lbs w/ 10 ribs total       so one is enough for another meal for me
when I grill steaks      I also re package  in indiv portions
when I fix beef soup      I also cook it down      and store the stock and meat  in the freezer glasses
and when I want soup     I reheat my "starter" and add the veggies and potatoes        ready in about 30 mins  
living alone I wouldn't go to the trouble of fixing a lot of the meals I love         but w/ a little prep
I can have good food on my table in less time than it would take to go pick something up

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

posted at 1/20/2014 1:13 PM EST
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GRANA here;
 We usually  do pretty well shopping for only  sale&  marked down items.BUT, today, hubby  snuck out &   bought   4 boneless skinless chicken breasts at a little lower price than regular price but higher than we usually pay  for them, I've been making an apple sage pork chop dish ( seasoned w/ poultry seasoning&  allspice, apples&  onions that we both really  likelly like.I have  2 sacks of boneless pork chops bought at  1/3 off &  commented that I could also use  boneless chicken breasts when all those pork chops are used up.Wink
Hubby misunderstood &  thought to restock on pork chops &  bought 4 more boneless sirloin  pork chops also at a little lower than regular price.
also our store is now automatically giving all customers 4%OFF every purchase

I'm out of Char shu marinade & will have to buy more fixins  to turn some of those pork chops into Chinese style  mini boneless  pork roasts If the grocery store doesn't carry the /marinade /sauce any longer; we'll have to go to the Asian market to get some.
Hubby also bought more of my fave frozen eggrolls ( whole grain & microwave crisp , which combined w/ the roast pork&  my Chinese noodle soup w/ greens will give us a few nice& EZ Asian meals in the next few weeksSmileHubby  always makes a BIG FUSS when I  come up w/  meals [close to a restaurant's quality ] using reruns, marked downs , etc. I enjoy the creative challenge &  appreciate his positive feedback.
Quite honestly,I'm not very good w/ traditionl "American " dishes but  am pretty good  at making Italian Asian meals. 
I used to make coq au vin(French beef stew) but w/o a good dry red wine in the house,I don't even try to anymore. When we lived near Calif. wine country we used to  go up to the wineries   pick up  bottles of dry red wine for a few $$$ That's not  possible here in N.H.  African reds are the closest   to  the type I  liked to use & cost  $7+ a bottle.Frown
So I  now make German sauerbraten w/o wine ( bay leaves &  gingersnaps for the gravy turn out a pretty decent meal. w/o wine . WinkAdd boiled noodles to any  dish& hubby is in "h
og heaven"

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

posted at 1/20/2014 1:40 PM EST
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GRANA here;
 Our country is one of the few that  makes meals primarily from meat ...Asia,  Eastern & western Europe  add lots starches  to their meals( potatoes, noodles, rice , getting satisfying meals at  much lower cost per person   I have (since childhood) enjoyed that style of meal( lasagna, & other pasta dishes, stew w/ potatoes or  Chinese food over rice.
So I continue to prepare meals where  starches& veggies dominate the plate...As a bonus, we spend much less on foods for meals.
Peasants ( Asian) Irish, Russian, German & Polish eat what they grow themselves( veggies& grains; steaks & chops are not typical, They eat  stewed or pot roasted  meats  w/potatoes, noodles or rice
.  They use  more herbs, garlic&  onions for  flavor   instead of salt, making their foods typically  better choices for  a healthy  lifestyle.
Once in awhile we enjoy a really good steak  3-5 oz. maxium , smothered w/  a sauté of mushrooms &  onions to fill us up instead of a pound of meat.
If you want to save $$$$ on your meals, try cutting back on animal proteins &  instead serve whole grains, fruits& vegies(  stew; soups&  stir fries )
  It  takes time to  learn to appreciate this change but  your cholesterol, weight&  BP will probably  be lowered to a better level &  your budget  will be easier to  maintain

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

posted at 1/24/2014 8:55 PM EST
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GRANA here;
 I went grocery shopping today, first time in months I did d not stay w/in budget:got cat treats,  sacks of onions apples  &   oranges,  3 healthy "   frozenpasta meals , yams, Portobello mushroom caps, milk, cold cuts , dark chocolate bars; creme filled chocolate sandwich cookies ingredients for bran muffins&  oatmeal cookies .&  only went $5.20 over budgetWink

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

posted at 1/30/2014 10:04 PM EST
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GRANA here;
 It ha become very difficult  to save money on meals these days. have always shopped from the  ads &  matched coupons to &  coupon  items ..Our grocery store  has a rack of coupons that match up to sales items &  I'm always the  only one there I've always shopped marked down/reduced meats, bakery& produce .They are not put out till 10AM & there are many folks waiting fort them We try to complete our menus using on sale items
I make a list& stick to it; nut hubby often buys "on sale " items. I try to use his bargains in our meals&  sometimes haveto buy other  items to 'round out meals, sing his "bargains":
If hotdogs are on sale&  we don't have buns, or time to make baked beans, The purchase of those go w/items raises the amount  spent that week.If buns are on sale,  I either fill them w/item I already have, or freeze them till needed  items are on sale.
Today hubby  brought home a 9" mince pie for only $1.50; He did not  know what it was but took a chance. It turns out tobe a good "find" we both like it and it will be a nice dessert w/ hot tea or coffee after poultry meals. While our store  does not double coupons . this year they give an automatic 4% off everything we buy. It's not much but it adds up w/ marked downs, sales& coupons..Even w/oMoney mouthFrown sales or coupons we save that 4% & when combined w/ sales, marked downs it  saves a few$$ each week.I'd rather have dble/triple coupons but tat is not  happening, yet
Hubby got a large can of national brand coffee for less than a 13 oz can,  no coupon but he loves his coffee. Speaking of coffee; we have a drip coffee maker& bought a re-useable filter on sale so we no longer have to wait for the disposable filters to e on sale or in stock
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