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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • The frugal family: Meal plan can save money at grocery store

  • Feeding a family can be expensive.
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  • Feeding a family can be expensive. Every single time I go to the grocery store it seems like the price of groceries are skyrocketing. However, you do not have to despair. There are a few simple tips you can follow if you want to cut down on your grocery bill.
    Before going to the grocery store, it is important to make a meal plan. Plan out your meals for two weeks and make a list for the items you need. If you can plan your meals around sales items or items you have coupons for that will save a lot of money.
    When making a meal plan it is important to attempt to stay away from processed food items. Processed food items typically cost more and can add to your bill. If you find yourselves busy during the week and cannot make food from scratch, try to make the meals on the weekend and freeze them and use them as they are needed throughout the week. I am also a firm believer in the use of a crockpot. There are countless easy meals for the slow cookers that take mere minutes to prepare.
    Try to avoid making frequent trips to the grocery stores. This saves on cost. I truly get excited when my pantry goes bare. To help you make meals when your pantry is getting low, let me recommend a website. There is a great website called myfridgefood.com. On this website you can select the items you have in your fridge and it will provide you with delicious recipes.
    Finally, do not get caught up in the hype. I typically buy laundry detergents when I go grocery shopping. However, I am not caught up in the expensive name brand products. I find most of the inexpensive laundry detergents work just as well as the expensive brands and cost a lot less. I typically only purchase laundry detergents when they go on sale or I have a coupon. I typically refuse to pay more than $2.50 for laundry detergents.
    You can win the grocery store battle. Remember to shop smart and shop less and you can save a bundle.
    Do you have money saving tips? E-mail them to localnews2005@yahoo.com. You can also get tips on free music, free books, and living frugal ideas on my Facebook page. You can find me at https://www.facebook.com/frugalfamilycolumn.

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