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Saving money on groceries is so easy. All it takes is a few extra minutes of checking your local markets' sales ads.

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Recession Mama: I am constantly surprised when I find out my friends do not check the supermarket ads before figuring out what they'll be cooking for the next few days. Unless I absolutely have to have a rack of lamb this week, I don't get it.

It just requires a couple of extra minutes of prep work to save a bunch each and every week. First, I make sure I have my staples in the kitchen. This varies for everyone, but for me, I like to have pasta and a few grains (rice, couscous, barley) in the pantry, along with canned tomatoes and several kinds of beans. I also like to have some chicken and frozen vegetables in the freezer for a quick meal if necessary. What I need to shop for on a regular basis are fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish or meat to make dinners. Also, I need bread, cereal, yogurt, eggs, and deli meat for breakfasts and lunches. Rather than hunt around for my ads, I can find most of them at sundaysaver.com. A couple of the ethnic markets near me are not on the list, so I try to remember to put their ads aside when I get them in the mail. A peek at just one store's ad this week showed fresh chicken breasts at $0.97 per pound, London broil at only $1.77 per pound, and a 10-pound bag of Russet potatoes for $1.99. If I add some fresh vegetables, I can get four dinner entrees out of that and what's in the pantry.

I'm planning on broiling the chicken breasts with lime and honey, and making about one and a half times what I need. The extra will go into a pasta dish later in the week. The London broil I'll probably grill or broil, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic. The extra I'll use in a stir-fry with ginger and maybe a little teriyaki sauce. The price on that was so good, I'll probably buy extra for the freezer, too. The potatoes I'll use to make mashed potatoes, or maybe a potato salad, or I might just keep them for another time.

Just a little planning goes a loooong way!


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Jehnavi September 17, 2010, 1:35 AM

Save money when dining out, bring your own bottle of wine, and then the restaurant does not charge a corkage fee (in the factory or at night). You can buy a cocktail or an aperitif before dinner, or the holder of a bottle of wine a second time if you do this often as a courtesy. Also, do not bring the wine with you, that can appear on the restaurants wine list.
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