ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


Submit a Comment

  • Satyam7 profile image


    9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

  • Ivorwen profile image


    9 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


    9 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.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)