How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?
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I try to save using coupons and only buying things on sale.I have started making a breakfast meal at dinner time and also serving one meatless meal a week.I'm making oatmeal instead of cold cereals,wh
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Re: How are you saving money on meals with all the increases?

posted at 2/9/2014 12:12 AM EST
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Red Plum and Smart Source will have New coupons in the Sunday Paper

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

posted at 3/5/2014 8:17 PM EST
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GRANA here;
I have taught ubby all know about shopping  wisely....Then I let/encourage him to shop lone.Today e gpt a nice pkg of x lean round stew beef for nearly half price&  a nice N.Y. sirloin stealk also  on that sale...His BEST DEAL WAS 8  hot dogs for  $.99 .Not labeled for ariety but tasted likethe N.Ystyle we  both love( garlicky  very lean; no grease on the plate after microwaving them  He had 2 tonight w/ homemade chili instead of the burgers had planned. I had the burger There are still plenty of "dogs" for granddaughter's visit; we'll make more chili to top them with.
hub y treats shoping like a "HUNT" & returns triumphantly/ his trophies; whether steak, hotdogs, produce or bakery items he enjoys mygoing trough the bags w/pleasure as I discover how well he did...He enjoys the ability to enjoy at random, purchases not usually  on my list ( actually not  on my list  at all) I "enjoy" turning these trophies into "meals" we bothenjoy:stew becomes pot roast )pre cut portions) or ground beef for burgers or chili sometimes I  "create'  appetizers or ethnic treats to use up the "stuff" he brings home. ...a small pice  to pay  for not  having to deal w/ the week's shopping!
All his bargains also came w/ the stores new 4% off every purchase, making the hotdogs cost only  94 cents for 8 of them9 lean & flavored the way we like... 30 seconds on a paper towel n the microwave oven yielded ded 2 full-size dogs ( no shrinkage or mess) Money mouth

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

posted at 3/5/2014 9:19 PM EST
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GRANa here; many manufacturers that used to freely  give out coupons no longer do o.they now limit  what tey give out& suggest  I go online&  print some out.That costs printer ink &  some stores reject computer printed coupons. informing them (0mfr)  of this sometimes gets me a few cents off coupons. Now some manufacturers are supplying the grocery store w/ coupons that are displayed on a rack in the front of the store ( near customer service. No longer are there reps giving out food samples& coupons.
all this makes it more difficult ot save $$$ when shopping: so:
 READ THE ADS
MAKE A LIST
DO NOT SHOPWHEN HUNGRY 
 AVOID  "IMPULSEITEMS
 BUY LESS PREPARED FOODS( make more from "scratch" 
Check  MARKED DOWN areas ( meat/produce/bakery &  seasonal past their time( Christmas items in January; Valentine's items in March
 BUY in season produce ( fruits& berries in summer; plum tomatoes in winter vine ripened tomatoes in summer)turkey in November, corned beef in mid march; ham in the spring(Easter); eggs cost less when chickens can range free outside( warmer weather causes higher  egg production too..Mostrecipes require large eggs; JUMBO eggs are usually not needed for baking ( nice for egg salad & over easy eggs or poached but may change timing!
more people bake cookies. around the winter holidays so lok for sales then ora right after the holidays 
 Apples are cheaper in the fall; oranges cheaper& more juicy in milder winters.
Find out when your store marks down meats (ours does it on Wednesdays putting them out around 10:00AM; hubby  walks up there at 9:30AM & returns w/  as today, steaks, deli & stew meat all oughtat30+%off Be sure your store doesn't sell spoiled meat ; package up your purchase&  freeze ASAP.Go to the library or online & search for recipes that use the  less costly meats(  stew/pot-roast/ liver/kidneys/ feet. Our fave steaks usually cost more& are rarely marked down....select meats are usually cheaper/leaner/  less tender. Choice meats  are  more  juicy, tender&  more costly. Faves like spareribs are more costly per edible ounce but when properly prepared are worth it......boneless pork roast is versatile, usually lean & a good value ( little to  no waste)Learn how to debone your own chickens, saving bones for soup. use wings for homemade buffalo wings ( football game snacks&  casserole flavoring to .Talk to  older more experienced in the kitchen neighbors &family members; volunteer in a soup kitchen to get ideas for less costly recipes & meals.)bone in meats cost more for  edible meat; so save& use use the bones for  soup !Money mouth

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

posted at 3/7/2014 3:57 AM EST
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I realized that I needed a bag of flour so I purchased some  Thursday. I paid 4.00 for two 5 pound bags of Gold Medal.  Two dollars a bag. That was the on sale price. I did not have any coupons because I could not find any to use on the purchase.

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

posted at 3/21/2014 4:00 AM EST
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Baking potatoes are on sale for 79 cents a pound. Pork chops are 1.99 a pound.

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

posted at 3/27/2014 11:38 PM EST
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Kosher salt, New Hershey chocolate spread, two packages Ritz chips cheddar, Ricework chips,a package of bath soap and two 59 ounces Dole blend juice. My total was 9.48. I used super double coupons.

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

posted at 4/12/2014 1:07 AM EDT
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If you live near or shop at a Family Dollar Store some are closing and others that will remand open are stashing prices in all departments. This includes everything in the store from clothing to groceries. 

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

posted at 4/22/2014 2:26 AM EDT
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No Smart Source, Red Plum or P&G new coupons were in Sundays Papers  because it was Easter Sunday

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

posted at 4/23/2014 7:37 AM EDT
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we take the sales and we get the stuff that's on sale for 10for 10.00and that's how we make are meals last.
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