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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 10:02 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Here is the Saving Money forum.

Your experiences on saving money on Groceries are welcome here.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 10:23 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
About 3pm, our grocery store produce department usually puts out a buggy with bags of less than perfect veggies and fruits. Each bag is a smorgasbord of stuff and costs $1. I've tried all kinds of new things this way. I call these kitchen sink bags. They sometimes have enough ingredients to put together a whole pot of soup. The bags are transparent enough for me to see the contents. I usually avoid the ones with bananas because I prefer my bananas to be almost ripe. Once they are in the bag, they are past their prime as far as I'm concerned. But you may love them that way. Sometimes they will have 8-10 apples of different varieties. It's a great way to try out new stuff.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 10:27 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
If you have a Dollar Tree store in your area, it's well worth checking out. They don't have a wide variety of stuff like your local grocer does, but I've been amazed at the things that I've bought for a buck there. Nature's Own 12 grain bread (the fancy sandwich style). Stuffing Mix, Chips, Canned Goods, Jellies, Mustard.

This is not your regular Dollar General or Family Dollar store where most things aren't really a dollar. In the Dollar Tree, nothing is more than 1 dollar. NOTHING!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
If you enjoy steaks, try out Chuckeyes. My mom turned me on to them years ago. They are between the Ribeye and the Chuck Roast. There are only a few on each cow so they go pretty quick. I like the thicker cuts. They seem to cook better than the thinner ones do. They will have more marbling than Ribeyes.

Personally, I prefer them to Ribeyes. Especially when cooked on the grill. I like to marinade them inside of a plastic zip bag for about 20-30 minutes in a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil, steak seasoning, Worchestershire Sauce. Cook them however you usually cook your steaks and cut on the bias.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 10:33 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
One of the best ways I know of to save money it to stock up whenever you find things you use on sale. If you use it all the time, it just makes good sense to go ahead and buy more than one at that time.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 10:35 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I don't "do" Walmart any more than I have to. One thing I do buy there though is coffee. Master Chef coffee is just as good as any of the other big name brands and when you compare less than $5 for the waybigo can, I buy them 8-10 at a time just to avoid going back any more than I have to.
AlohaHoya
Feb 1, 2010 11:16 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
When I cook I like to make at least half again as much so DH can have it for lunch. (saves a sandwich fixings).

Then, when I start with a 'big dinner with a roast or chicken...I 'preplan' how I am going to use 'tonights' to make more meals before I choose the way to cook it. We are only 2 so it isn't that hard. If I think I can use the port roast to have "repeat the original", hot roast pork sanwiches, then add mexican spices for tacos the next night....I don't cook the roast with Asian Spices. But if I used Asian spices, I can use left over in stir fry, sandwiches and cold in a salad. This does save money and saves time spent in the kitchen using appliances that cost money. We stretch it out as far as we can....and have fun doing it!!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 11:46 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Excellent idea! I remember my oldest sister one time telling me that if I cook a pound of hamburger completely through, to put it in thirds in containers in the fridge. First third gets made into tacos, second third gets made into spaghetti and I can't remmber now what the other third was, but it was for whatever that night's meal was. I hadn't thought about that for a long time.

I also try to cook more than we'll need for the night so I can do something else with it a few nights from then. I try to make it look completely different because hubby doesn't care much for "reruns".
Imagethreegardeners
Feb 2, 2010 12:51 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
Most grocery stores set a day to mark meat down to a "last day of sale" price.

I've gotten lots of nice cuts that I normally wouldn't be able to afford because I know these days. Look for them, the meat is still good it just needs to be frozen immediately.

Last week I picked up a couple of $25.00 prime rib roasts for $6.00 each.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 2, 2010 3:37 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Great deal! I'll have to watch for that also. Thanks!

Janet
ImageDutchlady1
Feb 3, 2010 5:55 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Thanks for all the great ideas.

I have started buying some of my non-perishables via Amazon. Things like flour, cereals, tea etc. are often a real bargain, there is a huge selection, and when you spend over $ 30 shipping is free!
I recently discovered a cereal at a friend's house that I really liked, then couldn't find it in my local stores, but Amazon had it. The tea I like is about a dollar per box cheaper than locally and I drink a lot of tea!
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 9:23 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Thanks to the Bread Making cubit, I headed to the grocery store this afternoon with a short list of items I needed. I had already decided to make some Chicken and dumplings for dinner and needed some celery.

Now, with that being said, you can follow along and watch just how the Lord led me around the grocery store today. I got there at about 2:45. Went to produce and checked the usual place for the bargain buggy. Nothing but a bunch of candied apple wrappers. :/ Oh well.... I headed over to apples and bananas knowing I needed those (completely forgot about needing the celery). Then I went to the sugar/flour aisle. I picked up a few flours to try out and was searching for the sunflower kernels and sesame seeds. Nothing there.... hmmmm... maybe the Aisian aisle? checked there and nothing there either. I finally found someone and they steered me to the spice aisle for the sesame seeds and showed me where the sunflower seeds were. OK now all I need are those frozen egg noodles like Mom used to make. So I head to the center of the store and look and look and look and finally asked someone. He was a young kid and I doubt he'd ever had those egg noodles like Mom used to make. He had to go ask someone else. So I wandered up and down the frozen aisles looking. I know I've bought them there before but they are no where to be found. Well he showed back up and said they quit carrying them.... but there were some on the pasta aisle. I knew exactly what he was referring to and that was the hard things you boil.... not exactly what I had in mind. Well shoot.... OK I figured I'd email Mom when I got back home and find out how to make them myself. So I headed to the checkout. Was almost my turn and Shazam! I forgot the celery! So I got out of line and headed back to produce. I thought I'd take the long way around to the celery to see if the bargain buggy was there yet. And it was! Loaded with what felt like 10 pound bags... each one a buck!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


This is what I came home with for $3.00.

2 Star Fruits (never tried them but did tonight and they were pretty good)
4 pomagranates
6 lemons
4 limes
3 huge bags of grapes
6 yellow squash
4 zuchinni
1 large canteloupe
1 eggplant
4 ears of corn


There might have been more, but that's just what I am remembering at the moment! That's a lot of grub for $3.00!!!

And yeah, I remember to get the celery this time! HAHAHAHAHA


cando1
Feb 9, 2010 6:08 PM CST
Name: Vickie Speaks
Ozone Arkansas
Janet, You did GOOD!! The rest of you had great ideas too.
I buy things on sale too and try to plan my meals around what is on sale.I do shop Walmarts some as well as Dollar tree and Dollar General. I love DG ruby Kist veggie juice.their crackers,vanilla wafers and graham crackers. Last year i bought their large flower pots made in Isreal.I always check out their sales table for candles and things.
Dollar Tree is mainly for my craft ideas.
Last week I bought 2 Easter egg trees,2 pcks of small Easter eggs, and 2 packs of
small felt pink flowers to attach to the EE trees. For $6 i made 2 Easter Arraingements for me and my DD at $3 apeice.
As i say this,I realize i'm retired and have lots of time to shop whereas most of you probably work and don't have as much time. May be i can help by keeping an eye out for sales from the box stores.

At walmarts, I wait till evening to shop
They put their grilled Chicken on sale for a dollar a peice after 5 hours. I'm right there waiting when they go on sale. I buy all they got and freeze them and zap them in the micro when i'm ready to eat them.
I never buy Christmas things till the middle of January when the price is 3/4 off.
Vickie
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 9, 2010 7:51 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
cando1 wrote:

At walmarts, I wait till evening to shop
They put their grilled Chicken on sale for a dollar a peice after 5 hours. I'm right there waiting when they go on sale. I buy all they got and freeze them and zap them in the micro when i'm ready to eat them.
I never buy Christmas things till the middle of January when the price is 3/4 off.
Vickie


WOW That is great! I will have to remember that. I love those rotisserie chickens but don't like paying the price for them.
cando1
Feb 10, 2010 4:24 AM CST
Name: Vickie Speaks
Ozone Arkansas
All right Janet, I love them too. Good luck in getting there at the right time. Sometimes i wait around the area waiting for them to change the prices.
Vickie
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 10, 2010 8:14 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I've done that in the produce department. Surreptitiously shopping waiting on that buggy to emerge and then following the guy over to where he parks it. He knows me well. I've even taken things over to him that were less than perfect (they are real picky about what's being displayed) just to wait on it to come back out. (waybigo Smiling )
cando1
Feb 10, 2010 9:52 PM CST
Name: Vickie Speaks
Ozone Arkansas
Janet, You're a person after my own heart.LOL
cando1
Feb 10, 2010 10:21 PM CST
Name: Vickie Speaks
Ozone Arkansas
Janet, Hope you don't mind. I started another thread. Could'nt figure out how to contact you. I'm very SLOW!
Vickie
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 10, 2010 10:38 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I don't mind at all. The forums are set up so that anyone can start a new topic. Please make yourself at home here. :-)
Image3jsmom31
Feb 13, 2010 10:22 AM CST
Name: Dawn
Eastern KY Zone 6
I buy ground beef on sale and brown it all at once, drain the grease, and put in the fridge in a freezer bag until it cools/sets. I take it out, and kind of crumble it in the bag and put it in the freezer. Now I'm all set for chili, tacos, sloppy joes, sketti, etc without having to cook a frozen brick of raw beef scraping and turning. I can have tacos done in about 10 minutes including washing my hands :). Its a convenient time saver and allows me to capitalize on sales. I'm getting down to a couple meals left, so the search is on :). It can also help you get by with last day meat, but I never catch those deals, lol.

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