Tips 5 and 6 for keeping the grocery budget in check this year are as follows:
First things first, use coupons to your advantage. Clip coupons to save big bucks on all kinds of household goods, not just food. Remember that by using coupons in combination with store sales, you can often score items like toothpaste, shampoo and other food items for little to nothing. This will help keep the spending under control and under budget, not to mention make you feel like a really savvy shopper. While it does take a little effort, the effort put forth is minimal in comparison to the savings you reap.
Second, use less meat as often as possible. In fact, you may want to consider having a meatless night once a week, featuring things like pancakes or waffles for supper. You can even get a little adventurous and try a wonderful vegetarian dish, like spinach and ricotta lasagna or another pasta you like. Even better, consider recreating the Shrimp Diablo dish from our local Plaid Rhino, off Carlisle Drive (minus the shrimp of course). Any or all of these ideas can be implemented to help you save money in the kitchen.
To use less meat without skipping it altogether, consider using meat as more of a side dish. Stir frys, soups, salads and sometimes caseroles make great ways to use less meat and more vegetables and starches. They also provide yet another way to get use up fresh produce before its spoil date, again saving you money in the long run.
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