How you save money on groceries?
Mark

United States

#61 Mar 9, 2009
Businessminded wrote:
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**Another tip - Cook your hamburg all at once and bag seperately for the month. Saves time browning meat which often translates into making a quicker meal rather than reaching for the phone for pizza! lol!
Hey now, gotta keep me and Sheriff in business....be sure to frequent our pizza stores....please please please. PJ's and HH's

Since: Oct 08

United States

#62 Mar 10, 2009
Does anyone have chickens? I would love to have a chicken coop, and am proposing my idea to the hubby on how much we would save on eggs!(: Are chickens worth the effort, or should I just build myself a vacant chicken coop- I would be happy w/ either one!?
CoWife

Madison, WI

#63 Mar 10, 2009
say what wrote:
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You must have a lot of time on your hands. Make lists? Cut coupons? Drive all over? Not all of us are unemployed.
Yes, I'm unemployed, my husband supports the family. The question was how to save money on groceries, not how to save money on groceries the fastest way possible.

If you really need to watch your budget, you'll take the extra time needed to be sure you are getting the best deals possible.

“THINK before you speak”

Since: Apr 08

mayberry usa

#65 Mar 10, 2009
Mark wrote:
Good site. cooks.com thx
When the wife and I were younger Sam's saved us. We still from time to time go to Sam's or Gordon's, love 'em.
Has anyone tried this site? I've heard good things about it, but not sure. They have a free newsletter I just signed up for today. I heard about it over a year ago, but haven't tried it yet.
http://savingsangel.com/woodtv.php
Mark, I am a member of savingsange. I save at least $100 a week, and have a pantry and freezer full of food. Or at least I did. My hubby took a voluntary layoff for the month of Feb, and we lived out of the pantry, shopping for perishables only. Time to stock up again. It really does work just as they claim it will.
Mark

United States

#66 Mar 10, 2009
Mickell wrote:
Does anyone have chickens? I would love to have a chicken coop, and am proposing my idea to the hubby on how much we would save on eggs!(: Are chickens worth the effort, or should I just build myself a vacant chicken coop- I would be happy w/ either one!?
I would think so, or we wouldn't have chickens
jjv

Grand Rapids, MI

#67 Mar 10, 2009
Mickell wrote:
Does anyone have any good recipes w/ only a few ingredients? I make Lasagna & Meatloaf on a pretty constant basis, but i'm having trouble finding good recipes w/ a few ingredients.
I have a 3 ingredient cookbook and make a lot of great recipies. There is a whole series of 3 ingredient books, also a movement.

I also clip coupons, shop and plan meals off the sales ad. Several of my good friends use Savings Angel and have saved a ton of money. It is time consuming. My 3 year old daughter and I "cut coupons" together. She practices her cutting skills with safety scissors and junk mail and I cut coupons. I love the feeling of walking out of a store knowing I just saved a ton of money. Maybe it's the dutch in me?:~) I haven't bought toothpaste in 6 months because there was a sale and I had coupons.

I also plant a garden each year and am learning to can vegetables. Meat is still a hard one. Right now we're investigating buying 1/2 cow and 1/2 pig to stock up. Summer cooking is just about here and we always spend alot of money on meat. I won't eat crap or feed my kids crap food just because it's cheap! I shouldn't have to, I believe there are bigger sociological issues underlying why it is cheaper to eat less healthy....but that is another debate;)
RAB

Ionia, MI

#68 Mar 10, 2009
I think growing things in your own garden is a great savings. Learning how to can and use this stuff over the course of the next year is a huge savings. Gardens are relatively inexpensive and provide a great cost save over the grocery store not to mention the freshness and quality.
Mark

United States

#69 Mar 10, 2009
jjv wrote:
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I have a 3 ingredient cookbook and make a lot of great recipies. There is a whole series of 3 ingredient books, also a movement.
I also clip coupons, shop and plan meals off the sales ad. Several of my good friends use Savings Angel and have saved a ton of money. It is time consuming. My 3 year old daughter and I "cut coupons" together. She practices her cutting skills with safety scissors and junk mail and I cut coupons. I love the feeling of walking out of a store knowing I just saved a ton of money. Maybe it's the dutch in me?:~) I haven't bought toothpaste in 6 months because there was a sale and I had coupons.
I also plant a garden each year and am learning to can vegetables. Meat is still a hard one. Right now we're investigating buying 1/2 cow and 1/2 pig to stock up. Summer cooking is just about here and we always spend alot of money on meat. I won't eat crap or feed my kids crap food just because it's cheap! I shouldn't have to, I believe there are bigger sociological issues underlying why it is cheaper to eat less healthy....but that is another debate;)
Thank you- let me know how the buying of the cow and pig go (and where to do it).
RAB

Ionia, MI

#70 Mar 10, 2009
jjv wrote:
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I have a 3 ingredient cookbook and make a lot of great recipies. There is a whole series of 3 ingredient books, also a movement.
I also clip coupons, shop and plan meals off the sales ad. Several of my good friends use Savings Angel and have saved a ton of money. It is time consuming. My 3 year old daughter and I "cut coupons" together. She practices her cutting skills with safety scissors and junk mail and I cut coupons. I love the feeling of walking out of a store knowing I just saved a ton of money. Maybe it's the dutch in me?:~) I haven't bought toothpaste in 6 months because there was a sale and I had coupons.
I also plant a garden each year and am learning to can vegetables. Meat is still a hard one. Right now we're investigating buying 1/2 cow and 1/2 pig to stock up. Summer cooking is just about here and we always spend alot of money on meat. I won't eat crap or feed my kids crap food just because it's cheap! I shouldn't have to, I believe there are bigger sociological issues underlying why it is cheaper to eat less healthy....but that is another debate;)
The only thing to be careful of when buying at least 1/2 beef is to make sure you get if vacum sealed. Most people don't eat that much beef in 3-6 months and vacum sealing it will help keep it good up to a year.

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#71 Mar 10, 2009
I think this site charges you a monthly fee. From what I read in the GR Press a couple weeks ago, I already shop like that.
Mark wrote:
Good site. cooks.com thx
When the wife and I were younger Sam's saved us. We still from time to time go to Sam's or Gordon's, love 'em.
Has anyone tried this site? I've heard good things about it, but not sure. They have a free newsletter I just signed up for today. I heard about it over a year ago, but haven't tried it yet.
http://savingsangel.com/woodtv.php

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#72 Mar 10, 2009
Couponsurfer.com . Join mypoints.com . You can print coupons and you earn points for gift cards, etc for another night out. I have earned gift cards to places like Fridays, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc since about the year 2000. You can also sign up for emails and click on them to earn points.
Mickell wrote:
We had our first garden last year and we were able to can and vacumn seal many foods. I use my vacumn sealer all the time. It is just my husband & I, so alot of our frozen items can be cut down to our size and then sealed off to prevent freezer burn. I shop at Save A Lot and Meijers. I try to make a list of what meals we will be eating for the week and shop according. I also budget for snacks. But my question is, where can I find coupons. I have tried looking online, but I can't seem to find any good ones that I would use.
heather

United States

#73 Mar 10, 2009
twiggy wrote:
Dont go grocery shopping when you are hungry
yes dont do that because then u will spend more than u want to
RAB

Ionia, MI

#74 Mar 10, 2009
twiggy wrote:
Dont go grocery shopping when you are hungry
I'm guilty of doing that from time to time. It's amazing how much more I spend when I shop while hungry as everything sounds good. The really bad thing is that once I've bought all that stuff to go home and cook I just end up stopping at the local drive thru as I'm so hungry I can't wait to make something!! Yeah, I know, discipline.
GRmom

Colorado Springs, CO

#75 Mar 10, 2009
STOP eating at fast food restruants not can you save money but tons of calories lost over 20lbs by cutting out fast food .

Since: Nov 08

Jenison, MI

#76 Mar 10, 2009
Alvin wrote:
<quoted text>At Cooks.com you can just put in a couple things you have on hand (like say, chicken/mushroom recipes) and it will show you a bunch of easy things to make. I use it all the time.
Great website!! Thanks!!
upnorthscott

United States

#77 Mar 10, 2009
We have a meat market that will sell you 1/4 or 1/2 and will store them until you need it,up to 10 weeks. just pick it up as you go. when my wife and I are canning, we can enough for 2 years. last year it was tomatoes, pickles, and peaches. this year it wll be beans. we also bake our own bread. can our own salmon,even have a recipe that turns it into tunafish. we tend to eat more venison than beef,no hunting trips-they come from out back. we also bought 40 hens. debating getting 6 hogs, the trick is to find enough people to go in with you and to buy feed. you keep 1 either to slaughter or sell.

Since: Nov 08

Jenison, MI

#78 Mar 10, 2009
Mickell wrote:
Does anyone have chickens? I would love to have a chicken coop, and am proposing my idea to the hubby on how much we would save on eggs!(: Are chickens worth the effort, or should I just build myself a vacant chicken coop- I would be happy w/ either one!?
It takes 6-8 months before the chicks start laying, you have to keep a lamp on them in the winter (adding to the electric bill) the cost of feed has skyrocketed & there's always the risk of preditors... We just lost our first (and hopefully last) of the season... what a racoon does to a chicken isn't pretty.
My point... it's probably cheaper to just buy the eggs! I've got some!
upnorthscott

United States

#79 Mar 10, 2009
The feed and elctric cost are prohibitive,unless you raise them with organic feed and sell the eggs. I've taken out too many coons. every evening I have to check for stragglers before locking them up. My last batch just started laying last month. Can't wait for summer when they start free-ranging again. I agree a lot of work.

Since: Oct 08

United States

#80 Mar 10, 2009
Momma_G wrote:
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It takes 6-8 months before the chicks start laying, you have to keep a lamp on them in the winter (adding to the electric bill) the cost of feed has skyrocketed & there's always the risk of preditors... We just lost our first (and hopefully last) of the season... what a racoon does to a chicken isn't pretty.
My point... it's probably cheaper to just buy the eggs! I've got some!
Thank you, I think that I want the coop more than the actual chickens! haha

Since: Oct 08

United States

#81 Mar 10, 2009
Well, I wanted to thank everyone for the helpfull advice on everything from recipes to coupons to chickens! Thanks again they will all come in hand!(:

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