Monday, January 31, 2011

Shop Less And Cook More Efficiently With Smart Saving Tips From America's Cheapest Family - The Economides

1. Plot out a month's worth of meals.
 - Write down your favorite meals.
 - Take inventory of what you have on hand.
 - Look over the sales ads and fliers.
 - Gather coupons.
 - Map out your meals for the month.
 - Keep track of prices by making a price book.

2. Shop once a month.
 - Be flexible. You can swap meals during the month to different days.
 - Borrow it.  Ask a neighbor or friend for a missing ingredient.

3. Cook in Batches
 - Start the night before by putting meat in the crockpot, so it will be ready in the morning.
 - Clear your schedule.
 - Have your family help cut fruits and vegetables.
 - Make a list of what needs to be done and assign something to each family member.
 - Prepare the containers and label each one.
 - Start cooking

4. Keep your frozen food fresh
 - Seal containers tight.  Squeeze out as much air as you can.
 - Use durable containers.
 - Get rid of moisture.  For foods like breads and muffins, let them cool to room temperature before heating.
 - Skip freezing fresh fruits and vegetables.
 - Don't cook pasta all the way before freezing.
 - Cook potatoes fully before freezing or they will turn black.

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