Keep these tips in mind, and you'll trim your waistline as well as your grocery bill.
- Try serving at least one meat-free dinner each week. Main courses that star beans or eggs make healthy yet economical menus.
- See what sort of bread is available at a discount price in the bakery. Day-old bread from the bakery is often fresher than many of the loaves found in the bread aisle. Consider a whole grain loaf such as wheat or oatmeal.
- Lettuce, spinach and other washed and bagged items offer a convenience that you pay for. If you're counting pennies, consider buying a head lettuce or a bunch of greens. Simply wash and cut the items yourself.
- A head of cabbage is a cheap friend. It's great shredded in slaws and soups. It adds a pleasant texture to stir-fries, too. To save money on salad, mix lettuce and shredded cabbage.
- Buying fruits, such as apples, oranges and grapefruit by the bag often gives you a lower price point. This is only to your advantage if you eat these items regularly. If you only snack on apples occasionally, it may be best to purchase one or two at a time to avoid spoilage.
- Save money (and the environment) by buying cereal in bulk bags and storing it in your own reusable air-tight container. Look for low-sugar, whole grain varieties.
- Give oatmeal another try. Maybe you hated it as a kid, but you may be surprised to discover the warm and hearty comfort oatmeal lends on a chilly morning. In addition, oatmeal is very economical, and it offers whole grains that are key to the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet.