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5 Quick Tips to Cut Your Food Bill

Updated on March 13, 2011

Want to cut your food bill but don't know where to start? The eating and shopping habits that you have that cause you to spend more than is necessary on your food bill didn't happen overnight, so it may take some time and experimenting to change those habits. Most people have several supermarket purchasing habits that result in on ongoing grocery expense that is more than it has to be. While each person has different habits and may need to make different changes, here re a few quick tips to cut your food bill that can help you get started.

1. Purchase Seasonal Produce Only 
Fresh produce prices have gone through the roof lately. Plan your meals around purchasing what is in season rather than buying the same fruits and veggies year round and you can save quite a bit of money.

2. Shop Farmer's Markets
When you need produce, stop by your local farmer's market or produce stand. Often, you'll find a better selection and lower prices that what is available in the supermarket.

3. Share Bulk Purchases with a Friend
The price per ounce for items purchased in bulk is often significantly lower than that for smaller quantities. But, if you end up wasting part of what you buy, you haven't saved any money. Splitting the cost of bulk purchases with a friend can result in a win-win situation for both of you.

4. Comparison Shop
Don't reach for the same products time after time without looking to see what other brands or alternatives are available. Check the shelf periodically to see what new brands might be available regularly and compare them to what you usually purchase. Just because the brand you prefer was the best value when you first started purchasing it does not mean that it still is.

5. Start Using Dry Milk
The price of milk has increased greatly and is expected to do so. If your have children, chances are that your family goes through a good bit of milk. You can also cook with dry milk. If you prepare recipes that call for milk, such as creamy casseroles or mashed potatoes, try substituting prepared dry milk for fluid milk. You'll find that it doesn't alter the taste and that it is must less expensive.

Tip - Experiment with "cutting" fluid milk with dry milk, and you'll likely find that your kids can't even tell a difference. The next time ¼ of a container of milk is gone, prepare the corresponding e quantity of dry milk and add it to the container. Mix well. Don't tell your kids. Check the fridge in a day or two. Chances are the milk will be gone and they won't have even blinked an eye. If this is correct, gradually increase the extent to which you are mixing dry milk with fluid, up to a 50/50 ratio.


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  • Satyam7 profile image

    Satyam7 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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    Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

    Great tips! I have been finding that dry milk works better in baked items than liquid, and that water is perfect for light airy biscuits.

  • JerseyGirl profile image

    JerseyGirl 8 years ago from Jersey Shore

    Dear mgwhite:

    I always enjoy your hubs. My mom just mentioned to me the other day - to look into "dry milk". Now, you confirm that conversation - I thought that this was a thing of the past - sure, 30 years ago I kinda recall it - but thought that it dropped out of the picture.

    This is a great start. Milk here in NJ is almost $4.00 a gallon! I will give this a try and let you know.

    Overall, great hub. Thanks much.