groceries http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5817/all en-US Best Money Tips: 25 Foods You Should Never Buy Again http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-25-foods-you-should-never-buy-again <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-25-foods-you-should-never-buy-again" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_buying_groceries_000036698554.jpg" alt="Woman deciding which 25 foods never to buy again" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on foods you should never buy again, strategies for dealing with toxic people, and free things that extremely happy people do every day.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/25-food-items-you-should-never-buy-again">25 Food Items You Should Never Buy Again</a> &mdash; Sure, energy bars will give you a boost in the mid-day slumps, but they're high in fat and sugar. Instead, munch on fruits or a handful of nuts. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://zenhabits.net/toxic/">7 Strategies for Dealing with Toxic People</a> &mdash; Talk to the toxic person. If they're suffering in some way, too, you may be able to form a more positive connection with them by having a heart-to-heart. [Zen Habits]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Happy-People-Do-Daily-37582275">24 Free Things Extremely Happy People Do Every Day</a> &mdash; Setting daily goals will help you feel like you're moving in a positive direction. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/06/10-signs-you-are-trying-to-do-too-much/">10 Signs You Are Trying to Do Too Much</a> &mdash; Have you been setting aside your priorities to deal with unimportant tasks? [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/money-lessons-from-behavioral-economists">4 Life-changing Money Lessons From Behavioral Economists</a> &mdash; Using emotions to guide your financial decisions isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if it leads you to a rational decision. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/freelance-business-emergency/">How to Deal With a Freelance Business Emergency That&rsquo;s Personal</a> &mdash; Design a step-by-step plan to ensure your business keeps running while you attend to a personal emergency. Make a list of people who need to be contacted and what they need to know. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/lifestyle/bath-beauty/10-makeup-products-spf-protection-safe-summer/59659">10 Makeup Products With SPF Protection for a Safe Summer</a> &mdash; Choose foundations, creams, and lip products with built-in SPF to protect your skin and look good at the same time. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/how-to-use-a-simple-pocket-notebook-to-change-your-life">How to Use a Simple Pocket Notebook to Change Your Life</a> &mdash; With a pocket notebook, you can jot down names, contact info, tasks, and fleeting ideas &mdash; even when your smartphone is low on battery. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/household/5-things-you-need-to-know-for-a-good-night-sleep">5 Things You Need to Know for a Good Night's Sleep</a> &mdash; Scents that make you feel comfortable and safe will help you sleep better. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-create-a-diy-summer-camp-for-your-kids">How to Create a DIY Summer Camp for Your Kids</a> &mdash; Create user-friendly activity stations where your kids can paint rocks, play bean bag toss, or hula hoop!&nbsp;[Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-25-foods-you-should-never-buy-again">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips groceries Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1469399 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Secret Cheap Steak Cuts You Should Be Asking For http://www.wisebread.com/7-secret-cheap-steak-cuts-you-should-be-asking-for <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-secret-cheap-steak-cuts-you-should-be-asking-for" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/steak_000051038948.jpg" alt="Cheap steak cuts you should ask for" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summertime is steak time. That is, unless you can&rsquo;t afford a steak.</p> <p>Fortunately, you don&rsquo;t have to spend a fortune to get some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive">good quality beef</a>. While not all of the cheaper cuts grill up well all by themselves, most of them do with a bit of extra preparation, and the others taste great as part of a kebab or in other favorite dishes.</p> <p>Bon appetit!</p> <h2>1. Flat Iron Steak</h2> <p>The flat iron steak, or the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/29/dining/29beef.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">chicken steak</a>, is seriously a hidden gem. It&rsquo;s got the tenderness of the much more expensive filet, but because no one has ever heard of it, it&rsquo;s a lot cheaper. Cook it exactly like you would cook your favorite tender cut of meat &mdash; usually on the grill or by pan frying it. (And if you&rsquo;ve never pan fried before, this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/perfect-flat-iron-steak/">steak recipe</a> would be a great place to start.)</p> <h2>2. Shoulder Steak</h2> <p>The shoulder steak, also called the <a href="http://www.esquire.com/food-drink/food/g604/cheap-steak-cuts/?slide=5">London Broil</a>, is what you need to get if you love it when the flavor of beef is almost overwhelming. Because this is a larger piece of meat, it can be roasted, though it is also tasty when you cook it on the grill. Then, slice it into thin pieces and you can feed the whole crowd. Or, you can <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/3090-shoulder-steak-with-herbs">pan fry it</a>, and even <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/barbecue-shoulder-steak-skillet-287868">add that barbeque flavor</a>.</p> <h2>3. Chuck Eye Steak</h2> <p>The chuck eye steak is kind of like a rib eye, for a good reason: It is the cut <a href="http://strongertogether.coop/food-lifestyle/cooking/meat-your-top-5-affordable-steak-cuts/">nearest the rib eye</a> on the animal. So while it costs significantly less, it retains many of the characteristics you love about the more expensive cut of meat. This is a very flexible hunk of meat: you can do anything from cooking it like a roast to grilling it. Just don&rsquo;t cook it all the way to well done! If you don&rsquo;t have access to a grill, <a href="http://www.sweettmakesthree.com/2013/10/chuck-eye-steak-recipe/">chuck eye can be pan fried</a>, too.</p> <h2>4. Flank Steak</h2> <p>Flank steak is tasty, but it&rsquo;s also tough. Luckily for us, there are ways to get around that. Braise it, grill it, or marinate it. Keep in mind, though, that marinating it won&rsquo;t make it tender. If you use a dry method of cooking, like grilling, be sure to use high heat, only keep it on the grill for a short time, and cut it against the grain. This looks like an <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/flank-steak-242598">amazing marinade</a> to use with that method!</p> <h2>5. Tip Sirloin</h2> <p>Tip sirloin (or sirloin tip) is another name for <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/05/the-best-inexpensive-steak-for-the-grill-part-4-flap-meat-sirloin-tip.html">flap meat</a> (which has got to be one of the most unfortunate names out there for a cut of steak!). If you cook it carefully, it has a fabulous steaky taste, is tender and juicy, and goes great with a bunch of different marinades. You can do pretty much anything you want with it: Make it into kebabs, braise it slowly, or <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/05/steakhouse-style-grilled-marinated-flank-stea.html">grill it</a> for that steakhouse taste.</p> <h2>6. Chuck Arm Steak</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for cheaper beef, look no farther than something labeled &ldquo;chuck.&rdquo; This particular cut can come out tough and fatty, but it&rsquo;s wonderful when cooked in a way that will keep it moist. This usually means that you <a href="http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/cook-arm-steak-31922.html">braise it</a>. Afterwards, you can pull it apart, slice it and serve, or use it in a soup or stew.</p> <h2>7. Brisket</h2> <p>A brisket is an incredibly tough cut of meat, which means it doesn&rsquo;t usually work well on a grill. But that makes it perfect for cooking slowly, and especially for true BBQ. If you have access to a smoker, that&rsquo;s the best way to go when cooking brisket. But you can <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/texas-oven-roasted-beef-brisket-recipe.html">oven roast</a> or <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/braised-beef-brisket-355532">braise brisket</a> as well. As long as the meat has time to get tender and gain flavor, there&rsquo;s no reason to buy a more expensive cut.</p> <h2>A Note on Tenderizing</h2> <p>You might have noticed that many of the cheaper cuts of meat don&rsquo;t always reach the same levels of tenderness that most of us like our beef to have. There&rsquo;s a way around that, though: kosher salt. <a href="http://steamykitchen.com/163-how-to-turn-cheap-choice-steaks-into-gucci-prime-steaks.html">Salt the steak</a> and then, for every inch of steak, let it sit for an hour. After that, rinse off any excess salt and cook it however you want. Basically, the salt helps the steak hold onto moisture in such a way that it actually becomes more tender, which is good by me!</p> <p><em>What is your favorite cheap, fabulous cut of meat? And the recipe you use the most? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secret-cheap-steak-cuts-you-should-be-asking-for">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-pot-roast-a-week-of-cheap-and-delicious-lunches">One Pot Roast, A Week of Cheap and Delicious Lunches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-dissing-spam">Stop dissing Spam!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink beef cheap dinner groceries meat steak Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:00:37 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1462786 at http://www.wisebread.com This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_groceries_000049544868.jpg" alt="Woman using shopping list with $5 meal plan to save big" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Erin Chase is the founder of </em><a href="http://5dollarmealplan.com/join-today-v2/?ap_id=wisebread"><em>$5 Meal Plan</em></a><em>, a weekly meal plan and shopping list service that will help you save time and money on your food bill this week.</em></p> <p>For many people, meal planning is one of <em>those</em> items on our weekly to-do list that sometimes gets done and sometimes (maybe most of the time) doesn't.</p> <p>But proper meal planning can make a huge difference in our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">grocery budget</a>. Not to mention, the peace of mind in knowing &quot;What's for dinner tonight?&quot; instead of stressing over missing ingredients or wandering the grocery store for inspiration.</p> <p>After years of experience, I've honed my routine to the basics. Here's how I set up a weekly meal plan that's going to lead to full and satisfied tummies, as well as shopping list for budget-friendly ingredients that won't drain my bank account.</p> <h2>1. Start With the Store Ads</h2> <p>Start by laying out the circulars for your local stores and going through them with a marker. Clearly mark all the ingredients that are on sale. Circle the items you purchase regularly, and make note of how many you should pick up if you are stocking up. You'll use these sale ingredients as the base of your meal plan.</p> <h2>2. Write Out Meal Ideas</h2> <p>Once you have your list of sale ingredients, begin to think about how you can use them in meals. What meals can you make with these ingredients and how can you stretch them?</p> <h2>3. Family Input</h2> <p>Ask family members about their favorite meals and keep a list in your meal plan binder or folder. Reference it as you are looking through the sale ingredients and writing out your meal plan.</p> <h2>4. Double Check the Pantry</h2> <p>Do a quick scan of your cabinets to make sure you don't miss adding an item onto your list, and to cross off any pantry staples that you already have on hand. Always compare the ingredients you need to the supplies you have on hand. This is particularly helpful if you have leftovers that you can work into the recipes. Save where you can and you will find that your waste will shrink to nothing.</p> <h2>5. Rearrange Your list</h2> <p>If you're Type A or hyper-organized like me, you'll want to write your list in the order that you'll go through the store. For me, it's produce, meats, snacks, cereals, pantry staples, dairy/eggs, and frozen. This will help you stay focused in the store and save you time too! It might help you avoid impulse buys during a backtrack through the store.</p> <h2>6. Stuck Like Glue</h2> <p>No, not the country song. I'm talking about your shopping list. If you have things that are distracting you like chocolate, fresh coffee, or a new apron to add to the collection, forget about it! Stick to your list!</p> <h2>7. Reap the Rewards</h2> <p>Finally, come back home and follow the plan that you're written out and enjoy dinner with your family throughout the week!</p> <p>You will eventually get to where the meal ideas come easily and naturally to you, based on what's on sale and what your family enjoys. You will become a pro in no time flat!</p> <p>And if you have no intention, time, or brain space for becoming a meal planning pro, we are happy to shoulder the burden for you! We can help you cross &quot;Write a meal plan&quot; off your weekly to-do list by delivering a meal plan to your inbox every week through The $5 Meal Plan. If you think that having meal plans sent to you every week is the answer to your dinner hour woes and you want to give the plans a try, we'd love for you to <a href="http://5dollarmealplan.com/join-today-v2/?ap_id=wisebread">sign up for The $5 Meal Plan</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you do meal planning?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/erin-chase">Erin Chase</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping budgeting expenses groceries meal planning saving money Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:00:26 +0000 Erin Chase 1456856 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Grocery Staples That'll Cost More This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-grocery-staples-thatll-cost-more-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-grocery-staples-thatll-cost-more-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grocery_shopping_000005885921.jpg" alt="Woman buying groceries that will cost more this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on grocery staples that will be more expensive this summer, ways to expand your comfort zone, and what you should have in an emergency kit.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2015/06/08/7-grocery-staples-more-expensive-this-summer/">7 grocery staples more expensive this summer</a> &mdash; The global banana crop is being threatened by a fungal disease, so the price of this tasty and convenient fruit has been rising over the past few months. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bestkeptself.com/2015/06/09/10-ways-to-expand-your-comfort-zone/">10 Ways to Expand your Comfort Zone</a> &mdash; Do things a little differently &mdash; take a different route to work, try different foods, or change the order of your morning routine. [Best Kept Self]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2015/06/10/how-to-put-together-an-emergency-kit.html">How to Put Together an Emergency Kit</a> &mdash; Keep a good stock of canned food in your pantry, and don't forget a hand operated can opener! [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="https://smartasset.com/personal-finance/save-money-with-communal-living">Save Money With Communal Living</a> &mdash; We all know that living with a roommate or partner can save you money, but what if you multiplied that by 4, 10, or even 20? [SmartAsset]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Happy-Your-20s-37636389">24 Ways to Stay Sane in Your 20s</a> &mdash; Use Meetup! It's a great way to check out cool events in your area and make new friends. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/11-easy-ways-to-save-money-on-organic-food">11 Easy Ways To Save Money On Organic Food</a> &mdash; Know what the food labels mean so you know if it's worth the extra cost. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/06/07/12-toxic-attitudes-that-push-happiness-away-from-you/">12 Toxic Attitudes that Push Happiness Away From You</a> &mdash; &quot;I'm not good enough&quot; is a lie! Challenge this false belief and others like it until it no longer has any power over you. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2015/06/10/least-stressful-summer/">10 Small Ways to Make this the Least Stressful Summer of Your Life</a> &mdash; Take time to appreciate the sunshine and warmth of summer! [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/06/6-ways-to-give-your-undivided-attention">6 Ways to Give Your Undivided Attention</a> &mdash; Face the person that you are speaking with. It shows that you are giving them your full attention; it builds trust and stronger communication. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/put-those-random-gloves-and-mittens-to-fun-use">Put Those Random Gloves and Mittens to Fun Use</a> &mdash; The Gloveables kit has everything your child needs&nbsp;to make a cute animal toy from loner gloves, mittens, and socks.&nbsp;[Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-grocery-staples-thatll-cost-more-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips groceries Fri, 12 Jun 2015 19:00:12 +0000 Amy Lu 1455548 at http://www.wisebread.com Supermarket Savings Guide http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/supermarket-savings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/supermarket-iStock_000034407860_Small.jpg" alt="groceries" title="groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Food: We all need it. There are various quick and easy ways to get a meal these days: eating out, taking out, ordering in &mdash; but the financial, environmental, and health costs add up over time. Most people still prefer to cook their own meals, but even then, the cost of groceries can run high, especially for those who have to feed a family. This is where the writers of Wise Bread can help. Check out these articles for tips on supermarket savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-cut-your-grocery-bill"><strong>5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill</strong></a><br /> If you're going to spend the time (and gas) to go to a grocery store, make it worth it &mdash; the frugal way. Here's how to make the most of your trip without going over budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-ive-learned-from-grocery-shopping-on-a-budget"><strong>10 Things I've Learned From Grocery Shopping on a Budget</strong></a><br /> Though everyone's grocery savings strategies vary, it helps to get suggestions (and support!) from fellow frugal shoppers. Here are tips and insights on grocery shopping on a budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-i-grew-tired-of-buying-and-how-i-quit"><strong>5 Foods I Grew Tired of Buying, and How I Quit</strong></a><br /> The cost of household essentials add up over time, if only because you always have to restock &mdash; but don't think that you have to restock from the grocery store. Here are five common food items that can be produced right at home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-shop-for-food-cheaply-without-a-tedious-grocery-list"><strong>Grocery Shopping for the Cheap and Lazy</strong></a><br /> If you don't have to cook for anyone else, it doesn't make sense to shop (or cook) like you do. Here are eleven grocery shopping tips for the busy, lazy, and single.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-for-streamlining-your-shopping-list"><strong>7 Tips for Streamlining Your Shopping List</strong></a><br /> Shopping from a list is a great way to make sure that you know what you need (and know what you <em>don't </em>need). Here are 7 tips to making the perfect money-saving shopping list for maximum grocery savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/behold-the-secrets-of-the-grocery-store"><strong>Behold: The Secrets of the Grocery Store</strong></a><br /> Know your enemy. Find out what tactics your grocer uses to make you thwart your own goal of grocery savings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-shopping-for-savers-6-ways-to-avoid-their-tricky-traps"><strong>6 Ways to Avoid the Tricky Traps of Supermarkets</strong></a><br /> It takes discipline and strategy, but it can be done! Learn how to avoid the traps that supermarkets set to make you spend more.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-cs-to-keep-you-frugal-while-shopping"><strong>6 C's to Keep You Frugal While Shopping</strong></a><br /> To ward against the lure of an impulse buy, be sure to arm yourself with these 6 C's: cash, concise shopping list, coupons, calculator, candy, and...?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sleek-marketing-ploys-aimed-at-getting-more-of-your-grocery-money"><strong>5 Sleek Marketing Ploys Aimed at Getting More of Your Grocery Money</strong></a><br /> To learn how to save money on groceries, you need to know how food marketers get you to spend. Five food myths unveiled here!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips"><strong>Bulk Buying Basics</strong></a><br /> A good way to save money on groceries without running out of food is to buy in bulk...but where to store it? And what to buy? And how does bulk-buying contribute to grocery savings, anyway, if you're spending more on a single purchase? Get the answers here!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-grocery-budgeting-a-game-the-price-is-right-style"><strong>Make Grocery Budgeting A Game, The Price Is Right Style</strong></a><br /> Make grocery shopping fun! Here's a game you can play with your family to budget while you shop.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ethnic-markets-feel-worldly-for-cheap"><strong> Ethnic Markets: Feel Wordly for Cheap</strong></a><br /> You probably already know that they're great for hard-to-find ingredients, but did you know that ethnic markets also stock foods that you would see in national supermarket chains, and at much lower prices? Here's a brief guide to what you can expect to find at different ethnic markets.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/supermarket-savings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Shopping at Whole Foods: 12 Smart Ways to Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping groceries grocery shopping supermarket Thu, 21 May 2015 23:49:59 +0000 Amy Lu 1432747 at http://www.wisebread.com The 12 Best Frozen Food Values http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-12-best-frozen-food-values" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/frozen_fruit_raspberries_000038545662.jpg" alt="Frozen raspberries that are one of many frozen food values" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people only stop in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-frugal-foods-you-should-always-have-in-your-freezer">frozen aisle</a> for ice cream and a selection of TV dinners, but there's more to this section of the grocery for value seekers. Frozen food offers real convenience, variety, and savings. Items are typically ready-to-cook, they have a much longer shelf life than their fresh counterparts, and are available year-round. Produce is typically frozen at its peak, sealing in nutrients and flavor.</p> <p>Many items are simply cheaper frozen, and many others offer real value because of their ease and longevity. This includes the 12 items below &mdash; stock your freezer with these smart buys and save some cold, hard cash.</p> <h2>1. Berries</h2> <p>Frozen fruit is typically a good deal across the board, and this is definitely true with berries. While price checking at my local grocery, the savings were most noticeable with blueberries. Fresh ones were 66 cents an ounce, while frozen were a mere 25 cents. Strawberries, cranberries, and raspberries are also great values. They are washed and frozen at their peak, and the quality is consistent all year. Fresh berries also tend to go bad quickly, and freezing eliminates that problem while locking-in nutrients.</p> <p>Frozen berries are especially handy for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-superfood-smoothies-for-a-better-morning">making smoothies</a> (they actually work better than fresh), pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods.</p> <h2>2. Fish</h2> <p>Many shoppers gravitate toward the fresh fish counter when shopping for seafood, but few know that in the U.S., most fish must be frozen before being sold, in order to kill germs. Since this means the &quot;fresh&quot; fish has already been frozen and defrosted, why not buy it still frozen? Fish is often frozen when it has just been caught, keeping it as fresh as possible. The price difference is also huge. At our grocery, wild-caught salmon was 75 cents an ounce at the fresh counter, and only 30 cents an ounce for frozen, individual filets. Similar savings can be found for cod and other fish.</p> <h2>3. Shrimp</h2> <p>The same deal goes for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-scrumptious-shrimp-recipes">buying shrimp</a>. You could pay big prices for shrimp that's already been frozen anyway, or you can just buy it frozen and save big. We found frozen shrimp for almost 60% cheaper than the &quot;fresh&quot; version, and there were lots of options, as well. Find various sizes, shelled and unshelled, de-veined, and cooked varieties in your frozen food aisle.</p> <h2>4. Pizza</h2> <p>The frozen pizza section seems to get bigger and bigger, and varieties have greatly expanded beyond Bagel Bites and Digiorno (don't worry, those are still on offer). When comparing prices to the &quot;fresh,&quot; pre-made (uncooked) pizzas that they sell in the deli section of the grocery, frozen is a much better buy. During our trip, the deli pizzas were $7, while comparable frozen pizzas were as little as $4. They also offered more options on toppings, types of crust, and some healthier choices. Frozen pizza is also worth considering over delivery, since many chains have started using frozen pizzas anyway. There's no wait, no tip, and they are typically cheaper.</p> <h2>5. Mango</h2> <p>If you find mangos to be especially hard to pick at the store and a little difficult to cut up, we can relate. Frozen mango eliminates these problems, since they are perfectly ripe and cut before being flash frozen. Mango is an excellent smoothie fruit, so buying the frozen version is a no-brainer. Ounce for ounce, mango also tends to be cheaper when bought this way, and unless you live someplace tropical, the quality is higher.</p> <h2>6. Spinach</h2> <p>This nutrient-dense green vegetable is one of the better deals in the frozen food aisle. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">Frozen spinach</a> is offered chopped and whole, in bags and in boxes. It's a perfect solution if you're planning to wilt your spinach anyway in dishes like soup, stew, quiche, or other hot items. It's also a great way to keep greens handy without them quickly going bad in your crisper, and will save you money, too.</p> <h2>7. Corn</h2> <p>Frozen corn is a freezer essential. It's amazingly cheap &mdash; just 9 cents an ounce at our store &mdash; and comes in handy at dinnertime. As opposed to opening up a can of corn, you can use a little or a lot and throw the rest of the bag back in the freezer without wasting any food. Corn is perfect for adding to soups, salsa, and more, and because the kernels are so small, it doesn't need lots of defrost time.</p> <h2>8. Burritos</h2> <p>While doing price comparisons at the grocery store, we found frozen burritos for just 33 cents a piece. Prices like that practically harken back to the 1950s, and are hard to beat today. Plus, they only require a quick ride in the microwave before eating. Our store offered dozens of flavors and brands, and a number of healthier options ranging from $1&ndash;$4. They're a great item to keep in the freezer as a last minute quick meal or snack. Unless you have time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">freeze your own burritos</a>, of course.</p> <h2>9. Broccoli</h2> <p>When shopping in the frozen food aisle, you can find broccoli for as little as $1 a pound. It's a great deal regardless, but when you consider that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-frozen-broccoli">frozen broccoli</a> is already cut up and only includes florets, it becomes an even better deal when compared pound for pound with fresh. It's great for steaming or adding to curries and stir frys. It's also super convenient, since it's already washed, cut, and good to go.</p> <h2>10. Juice Concentrates</h2> <p>More often than not, when you look at your carton of orange juice or container of lemonade, it says &quot;from concentrate.&quot; You can buy that concentrate in the frozen food aisle for a fraction of the cost, mix it with water, and you have the same thing for cheaper! These concentrates are especially good for making big batches of lemonade, punches, or fruit tea for gatherings. They'll also last in your freezer, so you will have everything you need to serve up a cold, fruity drink at a moment's notice.</p> <h2>11. Waffles</h2> <p>There's a reason that many of us grew up eating frozen waffles &mdash; they are cheap, easy, and quick. When feeding a family that's rushing out the door for school and work, it just makes sense. Now there are more options than ever, with whole grain and gluten-free varieties offered. They cost less than 50 cents per waffle, and even though mixing up and making waffles yourself would be cheaper in the long run, it's not by much, and the time saved is valuable. Add some fruit and yogurt for a complete breakfast for about $1 a serving.</p> <h2>12. Puff Pastry</h2> <p>To make a gourmet dessert with a low budget and almost no effort, turn to the freezer aisle. Puff pastry takes skill and hours to make, but the frozen variety bakes beautifully and is sure to impress. Use it to make flaky tarts, napoleons, or turnovers. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-easy-and-impressive-frozen-puff-pastry-recipes">Puff pastry</a> is also great for savory dishes like chicken pot pie. Even the most skilled home cooks use it, since making your own is unreasonable for most people, and the frozen version is almost as good.</p> <p><em>What frozen foods are staples in your kitchen? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Cooking frozen foods groceries saving money Thu, 21 May 2015 17:00:19 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1424543 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Meat http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-meat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-meat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_meat_000020784319.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to save on meat" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save on meat, productive habits of the wealthy and successful, and budget-friendly ways to decorate your apartment.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/7-ways-save-meat/">7 Ways to Save on Meat</a> &mdash; Watch out for added liquids used to enhance flavor (and price). The label will have words like &ldquo;enhanced with,&rdquo; &ldquo;flavored with&rdquo; or &ldquo;flavor solution.&rdquo; [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/15-daily-habits-wealthy-people.html">15 Daily Habits of Wealth People</a> &mdash; It may surprise you to know that many wealthy people live minimally and show gratitude. [Life Hack]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Apartment-Decorating-Budget-25572166">12 Inexpensive and Creative Ways to Decorate Your Apartment</a> &mdash; Frame calendar art to make your walls pop! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0502/Seven-steps-to-achieving-your-2015-financial-goals">Seven steps to achieving your 2015 financial goals</a> &mdash; Take another look at your financial goals for the year. Do you need to reassess your money habits? [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/coffee-addicts-money-saving-tips/">A Coffee Addict&rsquo;s Money Saving Tips</a> &mdash; Pour leftover coffee into an ice tray and pop it in the freezer. Use the coffee cubes for iced coffee, or drop them into a too-hot cup to cool it down. [ReadyForZero]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/under-5k-business-ideas/">50 Kick-Ass Businesses You Can Start for Under $5000</a> &mdash; If your cakes are delicious and you have a flair for decorating, you can make a business of creating personalized cakes for special occasions. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/credit-cards/what-type-of-payment-should-i-use-when-to-use-cash-credit-or-debit/">What Type of Payment Should I Use? When to Use Cash, Credit, or Debit</a> &mdash; Use cash at local mom and pop shops, yard sales, and when you're tipping. [MoneyNIng]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/creative-and-inexpensive-wedding-gift-ideas/">6 Creative and Inexpensive Wedding Gift Ideas</a> &mdash; Offer to gift something for their wedding. You can take care of invitations or centerpieces, and that'll be one item off the wedding couple's to-do list. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.quizzle.com/2015/05/3-laws-that-protect-you-and-your-credit-and-how-to-use-them">3 Laws That Protect You and Your Credit &ndash; And How to Use Them</a> &mdash; Read up on the Fair Credit Reporting Act &mdash; it's the cornerstone of all consumer credit protection.</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/a-complete-checklist-for-evaluating-an-educational-app">A Complete Checklist for Evaluating an Educational App</a> &mdash; Use this checklist to help you figure out of an app is educational enough for your child. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-meat">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secret-cheap-steak-cuts-you-should-be-asking-for">7 Secret Cheap Steak Cuts You Should Be Asking For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deliciously-affordable-meats-youll-love-grilling">7 Deliciously Affordable Meats You&#039;ll Love Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips groceries meat Mon, 11 May 2015 19:00:22 +0000 Amy Lu 1416524 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_groceries_000026443745.jpg" alt="Crafty woman saving money on groceries in a pinch" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you need to cut your budget &mdash; and fast? Stuff like blown tires, broken furnaces, and other unexpected expenses have to come from somewhere, and so many of our regular monthly expenses are fixed bills we can't do much to budge.</p> <p>So here are some ways you can dramatically cut your grocery bill in a pinch to redirect some of your hard earned dollars elsewhere. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans?ref=seealso">How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week</a>)</p> <h2>1. Dig Deep</h2> <p>Before heading to the store, dig into all your cabinets and drawers to assess what you have in stock. Pasta and rice can be dressed up to make delicious meals with few ingredients added &mdash; here are some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">recipes for inspiration</a>. A simple <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">can of salmon</a> can be transformed into a salad, sandwich, or soup. You may even discover some foods hiding around that are nearing their expiration dates. If you're stuck, try tools like <a href="http://www.supercook.com/">Supercook</a>, which allow you to look up recipes by searching the ingredients you already have at home.</p> <h2>2. Go Vegetarian</h2> <p>Some of the most expensive items in your cart? Meat and seafood. If you're up for it, try eating a vegetable-based diet for a period of time. It's likely your cheapest meal alternative. You don't need to worry about protein since you'll find plenty in inexpensive sources like eggs, tofu, nuts, etc. And if you think you can cut dairy, that's more savings. There are millions of people thriving on vegan diets around the globe. Who knows! You might even lose a few pounds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>3. Plan Accordingly</h2> <p>It sounds counterintuitive, but meal planning might be costing you money. Variety can be tricky and require lots of expensive ingredients if you aren't careful. Though you want to keep a good balance of nutrients in your diet, try choosing a few cheap, satisfying meals that might sustain you all week long. We keep our breakfasts and lunches very simple: Usually oatmeal with banana and homemade hummus sandwiches with chopped raw veggies. For dinner, consider sticking to meals that use similar ingredients but have different flavors or textures. Pizza and pasta make a good duo, as do taco salad and quesadillas, for example. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy?ref=seealso">35 Grocery Items You Should Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>4. Substitute Similar</h2> <p>Have your heart set on certain recipes? Try <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-recipe-substitutions-that-save-money-and-prevent-food-waste">substituting ingredients</a> that you might already have at home versus buying new. There are a number of foods that can easily swap in similar ratios to get tasty results. The best part is that you'll not just save money this way, you'll also eliminate food waste and learn some new culinary tricks.</p> <h2>5. Track and Plan Ahead</h2> <p>I often shop at Wegmans. Something that's really helped save me money is using the <a href="http://www.wegmans.com/mobile">Wegmans app</a> to plan my trip in advance. I make an organized list on my phone &mdash; including the prices at my store that get tallied up at the end. That way, if I stick to the list, I know exactly how much I'll be spending (provided I don't grab something random off the shelf). A growing number of stores offer similar apps &mdash; like <a href="http://www.safeway.com/ShopStores/Get-Connected-Mobile-Apps.page">Safeway</a>, <a href="http://www.kroger.com/topic/mobile-app">Kroger</a>, and <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/apps">Whole Foods</a> &mdash; giving you the power to write lists or even snag coupons.</p> <p><em>Have you had to cut food costs fast? Tell us how you did it in comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Cooking dinners groceries meal planning saving money Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1393781 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Creative Ways to Save Money With Bulk Buying http://www.wisebread.com/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/farmers_market_000038571134.jpg" alt="Woman buying food in bulk at farmers market" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips">buying in bulk</a>, warehouse clubs get all the publicity. But there's a lot of stuff they simply don't sell, or the amounts they do sell just aren't big enough. It's times like these when some out-of-the-box thinking on bulk buying comes in handy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-buy-in-bulk?ref=seealso">10 Things You Didn&rsquo;t Know You Could Buy in Bulk</a>)</p> <p>Below are some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">bulk buying ideas</a> that you've probably never considered, but could end up saving you significant money.</p> <h2>1. Home Improvement Materials</h2> <p>If you're considering a significant home improvement project and want to tackle the work yourself, look into buying in bulk at the <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/c/Pro_VolumePricing"> Home Depot Pro Desk</a>. If you spend at least $2,500, you're eligible for exclusive savings and rewards when buying building supplies like lumber, masonry, nails, screws, and sheetrock.</p> <p>If you're doing landscape work at your house and the idea of hauling 25 bags of bark is overwhelming, consider buying landscaping materials in bulk from a local supplier. If you don't own a truck, borrow a friend's and haul things like bark, rock, and soil directly to your home and easily save 25% to 50%, depending on the material.</p> <h2>2. Online &quot;Subscribe &amp; Save&quot; Programs</h2> <p>It seems like every other person you see at Costco or Sam's Club pushes a cart around with a huge package of toilet paper or dog food hanging over the edge. While these are often good bulk buys, did you know that you can typically get the same products mailed directly to your home via online &quot;Subscribe &amp; Save&quot; programs? The two big players are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=JBPXV7KSAISOFU6R"> Amazon</a> and<a href="http://goto.target.com/c/27771/81938/2092?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fc%2Ftarget-subscriptions-ways-to-shop%2F-%2FN-55b84"> Target</a>, and their pricing is surprisingly competitive. They both offer free membership, free delivery, and Amazon even offers 15% off if you have at least three items mailed to your home on a regular schedule.</p> <p>If you are a busy parent, and love the idea of having certain items sent to your doorstep on a regular schedule, you should definitely look into it. Some of the popular items include diapers, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dog food, shampoo, soap, and paper towels. The best part of both programs is the flexibility. If, for example, you have enough toilet paper to last six months, you can easily postpone future deliveries with no penalty.</p> <h2>3. Meat</h2> <p>If you have the freezer space, consider teaming up with friends or family and buying half a hog or a quarter of a steer.</p> <p>First, consider purchasing a 4-H project animal from your local county fair. You'll pay more than market price in most cases, but you'll be supporting local 4-H kids and end up with very high quality, antibiotic-free meat.</p> <p>Second, check out your local butcher shop for bulk meat buys. For example, my local butcher shop has a &quot;beef deal&quot; for five pounds of each of the following: round steak, chuck steak, 7-bone chuck roast, short ribs, and ground beef. Total price = $89.99 or $3.60/pound. If you have the freezer space, it's a great way to stock up and save.</p> <h2>4. Gift Cards</h2> <p>I have two kids who play youth sports year-round, and we are constantly buying coach gifts. Gift cards make awesome presents, especially when you buy in bulk from Costco. I recently bought five $10 Jamba Juice gift cards for only $30. So the next time you are hard up for a gift for a coach, teacher, or friend, swing by Costco and stock up on the cheap. Another cool thing about buying gift cards from Costco is they often feature <em>local </em>restaurants and businesses in addition to the usual chains.</p> <h2>5. Gas</h2> <p>For a $30 annual membership fee, <a href="http://www.mygallons.com/">MyGallons</a> will allow you to buy a large portion of gas at the current price. The service basically protects against a gas price increase over the coming months or years. You fill up at the station of your choice, and get a credit to your checking account or MyGallons debit card whenever you buy gas for more than your &quot;buy-in&quot; price. If gas prices go down, you can hold your gallons indefinitely until prices go up again, which they undoubtedly will. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards">Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>6. Fruit and Veggies</h2> <p>If your family devours fruits and veggies like they are going out of style, you know just how expensive it can be to keep the fridge stocked. The absolute best way to stock up and save is by purchasing straight from the grower. Summer and fall are terrific times to hit up local farms, roadside stands, and farmer markets. I buy apples, apricots, peaches, and nectarines by the bushel basket from a local farm and typically negotiate a price 25%-40% cheaper than the grocery store.</p> <p>Also, ask local farmers if they have any &quot;seconds&quot; available to score a great deal on fruit and veggies that may not be perfectly shaped or colored, but still taste amazing. We are talking 50% off compared to the price of &quot;perfect&quot; varieties. By building a rapport with the farmer, they'll let you in on some great bulk buys.</p> <p><em>What is the most out-of-the-box bulk purchase you have ever made and how much did it save you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-creative-ways-to-save-money-with-bulk-buying">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-food-items-to-always-buy-in-bulk">13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Shopping building materials bulk Food gas groceries subscriber programs warehouse stores Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:00:08 +0000 Kyle James 1370265 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Save Money on Groceries? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-groceries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_groceries_000033067934.jpg" alt="Woman saving money on groceries holding receipt" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-groceries#comment-769648">Cynthia</a>, Tabathia, and Mary for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Food is one of those expenses that we can't completely eliminate...but we <em>can</em> take steps to lower the cost without sacrificing nutrition. Buying in bulk, shopping at farmers' markets, and taking advantage of sales are just a few ways to do it. What works best for you depends on your needs and preferences.</p> <p><strong>How do you save money on groceries?</strong> What is your favorite tip for someone who needs to feed their family (or just themselves) on a budget? Have you tried any common money-saving tips that absolutely did not work for your situation?</p> <p>Tell us how you save money on groceries and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rcwidget_ssu4gws9" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa174" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa174/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, March 30th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after March 30th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you save money on groceries and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-money-on-groceries">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-one-frugal-holiday-gift-would-you-enjoy-chance-to-win">Ask the Readers: What One Frugal Holiday Gift Would You Enjoy? (Chance to Win!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-look-forward-to-tax-time-your-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Look Forward to Tax Time? (Your Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-watch-your-movies">Ask the Readers: How Do You Watch Your Movies?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-hamburger-what-to-do-with-it-a-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Hamburger, What to Do With It? (A Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-in-your-wallet">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s In Your Wallet?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers groceries Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:00:10 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1347628 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren't Worth It http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/roasted%20corn.jpg" alt="roast corn" title="roast corn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're like me, you buy organic because you believe it's good for you (fewer chemicals in your body and more nutrients in the food) and good for the environment (fewer pesticides sprayed on crops). But it's also expensive. So the question is: what kinds of foods can you get away with buying non-organic? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic?ref=seealso">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 foods for which you can skip the organic and buy conventional instead.</p> <h2>1. Maple Syrup</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/maple%20syrup%20bottles.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>While you should buy pure maple syrup instead of maple-flavored &quot;syrup,&quot; it doesn't have to be organic. The same process is used to produce both <a href="http://andersonsmaplesyrup.com/index.php?page=organic_nonorganic">organic and non-organic maple syrup</a> and most non-organic syrup is made without pesticides or chemicals.</p> <h2>2. Seafood</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/raw%20salmon.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The USDA currently has <a href="http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/common-resources/fish/seafood/labeling/organic-seafood-fact-or-fiction/">no organic standards for seafood</a>, so if you see seafood labeled as &quot;organic,&quot; beware. The label doesn't mean it adheres to any U.S. standards.</p> <h2>3. Quinoa</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/quinoa%20blueberries.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Quinoa has a bitter-tasting coating that's not appealing to pests, so most&nbsp;<a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/food/non-organic-food/non-organic-quinoa">quinoa growers skip pesticides</a>. Although there's a chance a farmer might spray a quinoa crop, it's unlikely. So, go ahead and buy conventional quinoa, since it's unlikely to have unhealthy chemicals.</p> <h2>4. Grapefruit Juice</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/grapefruit-juice-Dollarphotoclub_67204155.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Since grapefruit has a thick skin, most pesticides don't penetrate the fruit inside. You can skip organic grapefruit juice.</p> <h2>5. Avocados</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/avocados%20bunch.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You've probably noticed that organic avocados aren't that much more expensive than conventional ones. The reason? Like grapefruit, given their skin, growing organic avocados isn't that much more difficult than growing conventional avocados.</p> <h2>6. Most Tropical Fruit</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/kiwis.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Environmental Working Group (EWG) came up with a <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/">&quot;Clean 15&quot;</a> &mdash; 15 types of produce that have lower pesticides. Over 25% of this list was made up of tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, papaya, and kiwi are all types of produce shown to have fewer pesticides.</p> <h2>7. Frozen Peas</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/frozen%20peas.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>My toddler son loves to eat frozen peas (and specifically to eat them still frozen.) We almost always tried to buy them organic, believing these to be better for him. Imagine my surprise to find out that they are also part of EWG's Clean 15.</p> <h2>8. Corn</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/roasted%20corn.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Corn is another item I was surprised to see on EWG's list of produce with fewer pesticides. While they say there are fewer pesticides, remember that organic certification also means that the item is not genetically modified. So, if you are only choosing organic items to lower your exposure to pesticides, it's fine to buy conventional corn. But if you want to avoid genetically modified foods, then buy organic corn.</p> <h2>9. The 3 Cs: Cantaloupe, Cabbage, Cauliflower</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/cantalopes.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>One of the guidelines in knowing when to choose organic over conventional is whether you eat the skin. If you eat the skin, it's usually best to buy organic. With cantaloupe you don't eat the skin &mdash; so perhaps that's one reason it made the EWG Clean 15 list. But cabbage and cauliflower were also part of EWG's Clean 15. So a good way to remember these items is &quot;the 3 Cs.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Onions</h2> <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/u5123/onions%20bunch.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Since they're a staple of everything from meatloaf to stir fry, you might assume it's best to buy organic onions. Not so. Conventional onions have fewer pesticides than many other foods, partially due to the layers of outer skin that you peel away, so you can skip organic. Further, at least according to one study, organically grown onions do <a href="http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Organically-grown-carrots-and-onions-match-conventionally-grown-antioxidant-levels">not offer any more nutrients</a> than conventionally grown.</p> <p><em>Do you mix and match conventionally grown produce and organically grow? How do you decide?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money">Is Your Apple Dangerous? How to Eat Fewer Pesticides (and Save Money)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal">8 Ways to Buy Organic and Still Be Frugal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping conventional groceries organic pesticides produce Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:00:06 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1286277 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Overpriced Grocery Items to Skip http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-shopping-cereal-Dollarphotoclub_66767043.jpg" alt="man shopping cereal" title="man shopping cereal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on overpriced grocery items to skip, ways to make your work day easier, and the best outdoor adventure vacation destinations on a budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Overpriced-Grocery-Items-19150854">8 Overpriced Grocery Items to Skip</a> &mdash; The next time you reach for pre-sliced produce, consider that you're paying about 35% more for the convenience. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2014/12/10-tips-to-make-your-work-day-easier">10 Tips to Make Your Work Day Easier</a> &mdash; Don't over-plan your day. No one needs to have back-to-back meetings! [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bustle.com/articles/25517-9-cheap-and-exciting-travel-destinations-for-your-post-grad-adventure">9 Cheap and Exciting Travel Destinations</a> &mdash; You can explore the world on a budget. [Bustle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2014/12/money-myths-prevent-us-building-wealth/">Money Myths That Prevent Us From Building Wealth</a> &ndash; Buying a home isn't always a better investment than renting. [Quizzle Wire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/five-reasons-your-budget-isnt-working">Five Reasons Your Budget Isn't Working</a> &mdash; Simply creating a budget won't solve all your financial woes. Once you have a budget, you'll also need to track your spending closely. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/8-signs-you-probably-dont-need-more-protein/">8 Signs You Probably Don't Need More Protein</a> &mdash; You generally only need about a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight. [Mark's Daily Apple]</p> <p><a href="http://christianpf.com/ways-to-have-a-cheap-fun-family-night/">15 Ways to Have a Fun and Cheap Family Night</a> &mdash; Head over to Tinker Lab and learn how to build a clip fort! [Christian PF]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/the-three-rules-to-borrowing-money-to-friends-and-family/">The Three Rules to Borrowing Money to Friends and Family</a> &mdash; Have some kind of proof that money had changed hands &mdash; a duplicate check, bank statement, or deposit receipt &mdash; just in case. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/simply-saving-working-isnt-getting-job-done/">What to Do When Simply Saving and Working Isn't Getting the Job Done</a> &mdash; If you can't seem to handle your debts on your own, consider getting help from a non-profit debt consolidation agency. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/9-unique-exercise-options-for-moms">9 Unique Exercise Options for Moms</a> &mdash; So you've decided to exercise more &mdash; now what? Pick up an adult-sized hula hoop and spin away! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-overpriced-grocery-items-to-skip-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money stips groceries Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1275511 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Little Food Shopping Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Today http://www.wisebread.com/18-little-food-shopping-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-little-food-shopping-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-shopping-supermarket-Dollarphotoclub_66765758.jpg" alt="woman grocery shopping" title="woman grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think you've got your grocery game on lock? Check yourself before you wreck yourself with this list of food shopping mistakes that could bruise your ego &mdash; and your wallet.</p> <h2>1. Never Go on an Empty Stomach</h2> <p>This is a no-brainer, for sure, but we're all guilty of taking a trip to the supermarket when there's a <em>rumbly in our tumbly</em>. Heck, it might even be our own subconscious way of torturing ourselves just so we'll give in and sneak that pack of Oreos into the cart. But if any situation had buyer beware written all over it, it's this one. Satisfy your hunger pangs before shopping so you can get in and out with exactly what you intended to buy and nothing more.</p> <h2>2. Make a List Before You Leave the House</h2> <p>Shopping without a list is a recipe for disaster that can quickly turn what was meant to be a reasonably priced trip to the market into a budget-busting excursion. When you're not armed with a list, you'll notice all kinds of things that you think you need, but really don't. Personally, when I forget my list I find myself trying to convince myself that we're running low on an item that most likely we're not &mdash; and that's exactly why there are four bottles of ketchup in my fridge. Learn from my occasional mistake and plan ahead.</p> <h2>3. Plan Your Weekly Menu So You Don't Overbuy</h2> <p>I like this idea from a Facebook friend, and part of it's something that I already do. To ensure that I'm eating healthy as much as I can, I create a weekly menu so my meals are set in stone. It's so much easier to make dinner after work when the plan is already in place. The twist here is to use that menu as your shopping list as well. Check the recipes to determine exactly what you need and in what quantities and buy only those ingredients. You end up with less waste in your trash at the end of the week and more cash in your pocket.</p> <h2>4. Becoming a Victim of &quot;Base Value Neglect&quot;</h2> <p>Ever heard of &quot;base value neglect&quot;? I hadn't either, and it totally made me rethink my food-shopping strategy. According to Thomas Nitzsche of <a href="http://www.clearpointccs.org">ClearPoint Credit Solutions</a>, base value neglect is &quot;when shoppers assume that a 'bonus pack' or larger packaging at a warehouse store is the best deal.&quot; Kind of a shocker, right? We sort of just presume that buying in larger quantities will cost less, but that's not always true. Nitzsche recommends using a smartphone calculator to break down the cost per unit to ensure that you're actually getting the best value.</p> <h2>5. Choosing Canned (or Even Fresh) Veggies Over Frozen</h2> <p>Food educator Kimmell Proctor <a href="http://www.goodeatsteach.com">specializes in family wellness</a>, and she thinks many of us are making a poor choice by choosing canned (and sometimes fresh) fruits and vegetables instead of their frozen equivalents. &quot;Frozen fruits and veggies are picked at their peak of ripeness so they're still loaded with nutrients and flavor &mdash; without the added sodium and preservatives of canned fruits and veggies,&quot; she says. &quot;Not to mention, frozen produce is far less expensive than its fresh counterparts.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Buying Healthy Protein Sources in Small Packages</h2> <p>If you've ever compared the price of a small package of nuts versus a larger quantity, you'll discover that you're probably paying less in terms of price per ounce when you go a bit bigger. &quot;Nuts, seeds, and dried fruit are all nutrient-dense, smart-sense snack foods that boast naturally long shelf lives. Beans are inexpensive but rich plant-based protein sources,&quot; Proctor explains. &quot;Save money and eat well by sourcing these nutritious foods in the bulk aisles.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Wasting Salad Greens by Choosing Prepackaged</h2> <p>It's a familiar scenario in my fridge that I buy two packages of salad greens per week with the intent of consuming every last leaf before they go bad, but it doesn't always work out that way. In fact, buying these prepackaged greens may be a bad idea all around. Proctor says, &quot;Not only do those bags of prepackaged salad mixes cost far more than loose, fresh greens, but they also don't last as long. Lettuces and other leaves wilt and become soggy twice as fast when bagged than when stored in your fridge's crisper drawer. Save money and the time of additional shopping trips by avoiding 'convenience' packaging.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Forgetting to Shake the Produce</h2> <p>If you have the good fortune of bumping into me at the supermarket, you'll see me shaking the wet produce like it did something wrong to me. Why am I doing that? Because I'm paying by weight for much of my produce, and excess water drives the price up. &quot;Take a moment to dry your produce if it has just been sprayed with water &mdash; it'll weigh and therefore cost less,&quot; advises Jamie Novak, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470549009/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0470549009&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DRXGOZONXJR24ID7">Stop Throwing Away Money</a>. &quot;And ask the employee to knock off any encrusted ice before packaging your purchase,&quot; she adds.</p> <h2>9. Being Too Shy in the Checkout Aisle</h2> <p>Have you changed your mind about a certain product once you're in the checkout line? That's totally okay; you're under no obligation to buy anything. So instead of sucking it up and paying for it because you don't want to &quot;inconvenience&quot; anybody, let the cashier know that you decided not to purchase it. He or she will take it back and put it behind the register. Case closed.</p> <h2>10. Grabbing a Cart Instead of a Shopping Basket</h2> <p>There's a perfect analogy for this problem, considering that Thanksgiving has just passed. When you have a large plate in front of you, you have a tendency to fill it up, no? Then you feel guilty and bloated and curse the holidays. With a smaller plate, however, you would have eaten less because you wouldn't have been able to fit so much food it. The same concept applies to your grocery cart. When you get the large one, you increase the danger level that you'll start throwing things in that you don't need. On the flipside, if you grab a hand basket before making your way through the aisles, you're less likely to make impulse buys because you don't have the capacity to carry it. Common sense, really, but it's an easy fix that's often overlooked.</p> <h2>11. Leaving Without a Rain Check If the Sale Product Is out of Stock</h2> <p>If you've missed out on a great deal because other savvy shoppers have bum-rushed the aisle and depleted the stock, ask the store manager if there's a rain check available. Often times there are, so you can take advantage of those savings at a later date.</p> <h2>12. Overlooking Fresh Food by the Case If You Have a Large Family</h2> <p>Vanessa Cassini, owner of the family lifestyle blog <a href="http://www.livesimplynatural.com">Live Simply Natural</a>, knows firsthand how hard it is to feed a family of four on a budget. One tip she offers is buying produce by the case if your family consumes it quickly. &quot;Many produce managers at your local grocery stores will provide a discount for buying a whole case of fruits or veggies,&quot; she says. &quot;We regularly purchase 40 pound cases of bananas or 50 pound bags of carrots for almost half the cost since we buy it by the case. Coconuts regularly cost $3 to $4 each, but a case of 12 is only $9-$14 at [some] local markets.&quot;</p> <h2>13. Skipping Over Your Local Farmer or Co-Op First</h2> <p>Many of us think that buying produce from the farmer down the street will be more expensive than the grocery store because the grocery store has buying power the keep the cost down. Not always so. Cassini recommends visiting locally owned markets and stands to scout better deals. &quot;Farmers' markets provide some of the best quality produce at prices that are very competitive,&quot; she says. &quot;For example, organic bell peppers at my regular grocery store cost $4 each; our farmers market sells them for $1.99 a pound.&quot;</p> <h2>14. Failing to Give Store-Brand Food a Chance</h2> <p>I'm a hardcore name-brand loyalist (for no particular reason; it's just what I grew up eating), so it takes a lot of convincing for me to switch brands &mdash; especially to generic, store brands. Part of that might have to do with the packaging &mdash; I like all the bright colors and characters on my name-brand junk food &mdash; but you can save a bundle if you're willing to make the psychological sacrifice. Heck, you might even find out you like it. &quot;Many private label products are of equal if not better quality than some of their branded counterparts,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.quenchagency.com">says the Quench Agency's annual Food &amp; Beverage Trends Report</a>. &quot;Some retailers are launching premium plus private label products that don't resemble the private labels of years gone by.&quot;</p> <h2>15. Slacking on Your Pre-Trip Savings Skills</h2> <p>Are you using every savings tool available to reduce your grocery bill? Coupons, apps, weekly sales, and other strategies can save you a bundle &mdash; but you have to use them. I understand that sometimes we get lazy, or we're just too busy to clip this week, or we forget the coupons when we go shopping, but these mistakes will cost you dearly. I look at grocery shopping as a tactical maneuver, and I attack it as such. If you want to save the most money you can, you've got to work for it; super savings rarely come easily.</p> <h2>16. Buying Items Just Because You Have a Coupon For It</h2> <p>When you clip a coupon that you're on the fence about or that seems like a good deal even though you don't need the item, sit down, stare at it for one full minute, and decide whether this is a coupon that will save you money or one that will cost you money. If you don't need the item and you didn't budget for it, it's costing you money, not saving it. Beware of the coupons that require you to purchase multiple items to get the discount, also. Like $1 off when you buy two of something. It's often a trap, and you're falling right into it.</p> <h2>17. Falling for the &quot;Buy 10 for $1 Each&quot; Marketing Gimmick</h2> <p>I see this advertised in sales circulars all the time &mdash; 10 Whatevers for $1 Each &mdash; and I'm sure you do, too. These are great deals, for sure, but you may have been a bit blindsided if you're buying 10 items because you think it's required in order to qualify for the deal. That's not usually the case, actually. &quot;It's very rare that you actually need to buy the specified amount,&quot; says Kiyo Wiesnoski, owner of <a href="http://www.mispriced.co/">MisPriced.co</a>. &quot;The items are the same price regardless of how many you buy. If you don't really need 10 of an item, don't buy 10. Also, some items have large signs that mimic 'sale' signs, but are actually just advertising the regular, everyday price. Make sure you lift those signs up to see the original price first.&quot;</p> <h2>18. Glossing Over the Sales Ad Before Shopping</h2> <p>How do you know if the items on your list are on sale if you don't take a look at the sales circular first? It's worth a quick look to inform your shopping trip and your savings. If something you don't necessarily need right now isn't on sale, wait a week and check next week's circular. No reason to pay full price when you have a little patience.</p> <p><em>Do you have any food shopping tips to share with me that I didn't cover here? Let us know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-little-food-shopping-mistakes-you-need-to-stop-making-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-you-can-cut-grocery-expenses-today">13 Ways You Can Cut Grocery Expenses Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping food shopping groceries grocery shopping shopping Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1268203 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grocery-475243795-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on surprising ways to save on groceries, money myths debunked by experts, and reminders that'll change how you think.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/12-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries">12 Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries</a> &mdash; Shop on Wednesdays. That's usually when grocers release their weekly circulars, so you'll get first dibs on sale items. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.benzinga.com/general/education/14/11/5010612/12-money-myths-just-debunked-by-experts">12 Money Myths Just Debunked by Experts</a> &mdash; Investing in companies that make everyday products may not be the best idea. [Benzinga]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/11/16/9-good-reminders-that-will-change-the-way-you-think/">9 Good Reminders That Will Change the Way You Think</a> &mdash; Remember that the best way to serve yourself and others is to give yourself what you need. Don't ignore your needs. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2014/11/17/get-done-working-home.html">How to Get More Done When Working From Home</a> &mdash; Create a space just for work. When you're in this space, you'll be less tempted to do non-work related tasks. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-easy-thanksgiving-side-dishes">5 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes</a> &mdash; The best part about mashed sweet potatoes? You can pop them in the slow cooker and forget about them until it's time to eat! [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Target-Black-Friday-Deals-2014-36124891">79 Productive Things to Do in Front of the TV</a> &mdash; You can do lots of crafty things with the TV running, like knit, paint, sketch, and sew! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/high-cost-poor-health-care/">The High Cost of Poor Health Care</a> &mdash; With health care costs so high, it's important to try to stay as healthy as you can. Cooking at home makes a huge difference, and it's less expensive than dining out. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/take-these-seven-steps-and-watch-your-income-grow/">Take These Seven Steps and Watch Your Income Grow</a> &mdash; Start by getting a good education (not necessarily a degree) and developing new skills. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/why-that-black-friday-sale-might-not-be-such-a-deal">Why That Black Friday Sale Might Not Be Such a Deal</a> &mdash; There are usually better deals on TVs and fitness equipment in January than on Black Friday. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/save-money-by-re-purposing-your-outdoor-furniture-for-the-winter/">Save Money by Re-Purposing Your Outdoor Furniture for the Winter</a> &mdash; If you have the room, you can move your outdoor furniture to indoor spaces. This will keep them out of the winter weather and you'll get more use out of them. [Clever Dude]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-surprising-ways-to-save-on-groceries">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping best money tips groceries Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1257547 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grocery-shopping-178703032-small.jpg" alt="grocery shopping" title="grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A job loss, a big audacious savings goal, or a shiny new set of braces. Whatever the cause, most of us have had to sit down and figure out how to feed our families for less money at one point or another. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-grocery-shop-for-five-on-100-a-week?ref=seealso">How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week</a>)</p> <p>Here are 20 strategies for stretching your grocery budget without skimping on nutrition or enjoyment</p> <h2>1. Eat Less</h2> <p>Sixty percent of Americans admit to <a href="http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/blogs/overeating-understanding-and-taking-back-control">eating more than is good for them</a>. When you're watching your pennies, one of the easiest ways to spend less on groceries is to buy less and eat less. Start by cutting way back on snacks, the culprit behind most overeating and among the most expensive grocery items.</p> <h2>2. Focus on Value Foods</h2> <p>It's fun to cook with a wide variety of ingredients, but sticking to the foods with the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">most nutrition per dollar</a> can get you through a lean patch. Need more options? These 50 healthy foods can be had for <a href="http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-11-2009/foods_under_a_dollar_per_pound.2.html">under a buck a pound</a>.</p> <h2>3. Buy in Bulk</h2> <p>Whether it's dividing up large Costco meat packages or hauling 50-pound bags of grain from a feed store, there are lots of ways to save by bulk buying. The important thing is to safeguard against waste by making sure you have a safe place to store it and that you will use the entire purchase before it goes bad.</p> <h2>4. Do the Work</h2> <p>You can <a href="http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2010/08/wednesday-baking-does-homemade-bread-save-money/">make your own bread</a> for half the price of a low-end store-bought loaf, and end up with a more delicious and nutritious product. Pre-chopped and washed veggies cost a premium and don't stay fresh as long. Roll up your sleeves and do your own prep work to save.</p> <h2>5. Substitute</h2> <p>The recipe may call for pine nuts, but pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are way cheaper. Learn about more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-recipe-substitutions-that-save-money-and-prevent-food-waste">low-cost ingredient substitution</a> ideas.</p> <h2>6. Stop Throwing Food Away</h2> <p>Since 40% of all food produced in the United States is <a href="http://foodshift.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/FoodWasteStatisticsandBibliography.pdf">thrown away</a>, eliminating waste is low-hanging fruit. At our house, we avoid waste by serving the kids small portions and seconds (or thirds) as needed, using tiny containers to save every last leftover, and incorporating those leftovers into other dishes. There are plenty <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-wasting-13-of-the-food-you-buy-heres-how-to-stop">more ways to cut food waste</a>.</p> <h2>7. Drink Water</h2> <p>You know by now that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-reasons-to-stop-drinking-soda">soda is bad for you</a>, but you don't need juice either. If you don't like plain water, flavor it with a splash of juice instead of pouring whole glasses of juice. Not only does this save money, but it cuts calories too.</p> <h2>8. Try Batch Cooking</h2> <p>Assembly line cooking, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend">once-a-month cooking</a>, whatever you want to call it, prepping food ahead and freezing it saves money by accommodating bulk purchases and helping you avoid high-priced instant meals when you're short of time.</p> <h2>9. Rinse Out the Container &mdash; Into the Pot</h2> <p>Whenever I empty a jar of tomatoes or a Tupperware of soup into a cooking pot, I put a little water in the container, shake, and empty it into the cooking pot, to make sure I'm not throwing away even a gram of food. The extra water cooks off.</p> <h2>10. Learn to Make Cheap Meat Delicious</h2> <p>Meat lovers don't have to buy T-bones to enjoy a hearty meal. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive">Osso buco, carnitas and hanger steak</a> are all delicious when done right.</p> <h2>11. Dilute It</h2> <p>Adding beans or rice really does <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dilutions-of-grandeur-stretch-your-food-at-every-meal">make a stew go farther</a>.</p> <h2>12. Make Your Own</h2> <p>Prepared foods are among the highest-margin items in the supermarket. If you've never tried it, you might be surprised how easy it is to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy">make your own guacamole, hummus, or even peanut butter</a>.</p> <h2>13. Make Your Own Instant Mixes</h2> <p>Another high-cost item is &quot;instant&quot; anything. Make <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/making-your-own-homemade-oatmeal-packets-a-visual-guide-and-cost-analysis/">single-serve oatmeal packets</a>, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/instant-pancake-mix-recipe.html">pancake mix</a>, or practically anything you use a mix for, and save.</p> <h2>14. Consider Markdowns</h2> <p>I kind of wish Safeway would rename its &quot;Clearance&quot; meat section, because it feels as if I'm buying used pot roast. Still, taking home items that are about to expire can save you 50% or more if you are able to use or freeze them right away.</p> <h2>15. Grow a Garden</h2> <p>Even if you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/growing-my-own-food-in-my-apartment">only have a balcony</a>, you can grow enough food to reduce your spending. To realize savings, it's important to pay attention to <a href="http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/can_a_vegetable_garden_save_you_money">how much you spend on a garden</a>. Focus on <a href="http://ready4itall.org/top-3-plants-that-will-save-you-the-most-money-on-groceries-when-grown-at-home/">plants that produce expensive items</a> to save the most.</p> <h2>16. If You're Getting a Pet, Get a Small One</h2> <p>It may seem crass to put a pound limit on love, but the fact is that feeding pets can strain a tight grocery budget. According to the ASPCA, a <a href="https://www.aspca.org/adopt/pet-care-costs">large dog costs about $235 a year</a> to feed; a little yapper only about $55. Better yet, get a fish, which you can feed for $20 a year or less.</p> <h2>17. Use a Full Discount Arsenal</h2> <p>Coupons, online deals, in-store offers, rebates &mdash; these tactics really work and can easily cut your grocery spending by 20% or more.</p> <h2>18. Switch Stores</h2> <p>Where you shop can make a big difference in what you spend for the same groceries. Changing from <a href="http://www.checkbook.org/interactive/spmkt/other/price.cfm">Safeway to Walmart</a> could save a family more than $1,600 a year. Explore your neighborhood &mdash; you may have a fresh produce market or a weekly farmer's market with even better prices than big box stores.</p> <h2>19. Return It</h2> <p>Your berries got moldy the day after you bought them? You picked up the wrong item and paid full price instead of the sale item you thought you were getting? Don't be afraid to stop by customer service the next time you visit; managers at good stores are happy to process the occasional refund.</p> <h2>20. Eat Your Garbage</h2> <p>My grandmother, born during the Depression, has a great anecdote. One garbage day, her husband looked out the window and asked why the other houses all had two trash bags out front, but they only had one.</p> <p>Grandma's answer: &quot;We eat our garbage!&quot;</p> <p>Grandma was stretching her husband's Navy paycheck as far as it would go, and one way she did that was by never letting a leftover go to waste. Every Thursday night, she'd throw every bit of this and that from the fridge into the crockpot for a weekly &quot;garbage stew.&quot; It was usually delicious, but even if she wanted to, she could never duplicate it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers?ref=seealso">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a>)</p> <p>Another way of eating your garbage: Learn to prepare the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-want-not-stop-throwing-away-your-food">vegetable trimmings</a> you've been throwing away.</p> <p><em>Any other ideas for saving on groceries? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-ways-to-stretch-your-grocery-dollars">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">The Best and Worst Times to Go Grocery Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-grocery-store-secrets-only-the-pros-know">10 Grocery Store Secrets Only the Pros Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping Cooking Food food costs groceries Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1226228 at http://www.wisebread.com