We all could use some extra pointers when it comes to saving money on groceries, whether we’re feeding a large household or not. Beyond the obvious tricks like using coupons or freezing food, there are a few more things you can do to keep your pantry stocked without wasting money.
Household Hacker teamed up with food delivery service Blue Apron to share some tips on stretching your grocery budget. Learn ways to shop smarter and resist store aisle temptations so you can get in and out of the store.
Below we’re highlighting four of Household Hacker’s eight money-saving strategies that will help you avoid throwing food and money away. Clean out your fridge, make space in the cabinets, and get ready to tighten up.
Go for Longevity
My kids think I’m a weirdo for never grabbing the item in the front, but now I can support my weirdness with proof. In the video, it’s pointed out that for some foods, newly-stocked items like refrigerated goods are placed in the back. Don’t be afraid to move things around to get the freshest pick from the back of the line.
The sell-by and expiration dates on these foods are often extended, giving you more than just a few days to use them up. It’ll also give you extra time to store foods like milk or eggs (yes, eggs) in the freezer.
DIY Convenience Foods
Why not make your own chicken tenders? In the example, we’re shown that it’s less expensive to just buy chicken breasts and slice them up for use as grilling strips or tenders. You can also do the same with seasoning mixes, fries (cut up your own potatoes), applesauce, or homemade waffles.
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