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Pay less for your food and make your money last a bit longer.

Updated on October 18, 2011

Save Money where you can

Why would you need to stretch your grocery bill out?

There are many bills in this great time of consumerism and materialism. But many of us can not keep pace and struggle. 

We reduce our electric and gas consumption and still find things tight. There are some bills we have no choice but to pay their high cost to. Such as our mortgages and loans. So the only thing we have left to play with is our grocery bill.

Not every one was taught to budget by their parents and even more were definitely not taught to cook. I was taught but still find most recipes annoying. I want quick, fast and cheap. Not recipes that mean I have to buy loads of different ingredients.

Now I live in the UK and although I am greatly in awe of the extreme couponers that have found world wide fame. It is not a viable option for most of us elsewhere. So we are left with checking for offers. I always find that Fresh is best , then frozen and then tinned. But some times food is food whatever.

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People often get mixed up between "use by" dates and "best buy" dates. There really is no need to get confused. They do what is says on the tin. "Use By" Means the product is deemed not safe to eat after that date so I never play around with these if the item is fresh. If I have had it frozen I will eat it up to a month out of date.

"Best by" is a whole different kettle of fish. There is nothing wrong with food that is past its " Best By " date. It is just that the manufacturer have stated that they can only promise the same standard of quality up to that date. There after the quality may slowly deteriorate. But is still edible.

Take dried pulses for instance. Why would they be unsafe to eat a month past their " Best By" date? For bacteria to grow they need moisture. Which is lacking in this product.

Most stores have a corner for their discounted stock. They can not legally sell you some thing that is out of date. They can sell it for a seriously reduced amount the day before though and then you can go home and freeze it. I have had meat knocked down by 75% and frozen it before. It is fantastic. It really makes the budget stretch. Best time to go is about an hour before closing usually.


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  • Ddraigcoch profile image

    Emma 5 years ago from UK

    Thank you for reading and commenting, much obliged.

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    Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

    Very helpfull advice!

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    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    Thank you very much Mia. It gets a time consuming effort to save money and stretch the budget. All help, well helps.

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    Momma Mia 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Great tips here ! Thank you for sharing !



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    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    I rarely buy branded unless it is severely discounted. Thank you for stopping by Gypsy Willow.

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    Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    Thrifty shopping can save so much. "Own brands" in a supermarket can be a good buy too!

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    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    Thank you for the comment. I am happy that you like this hub and find that it will be helpful to people. Money really is getting sparce in some households at the moment, and is certainly not a commodity that can be wasted.

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    Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Any suggestions to saving money is a great read! My hubby and I are both very conscious about spending & saving. I believe that most people should get into this as a comfortable it doesn't seem so much like sacrifice. I enjoy making it all a challenge & seeing just how many various ways I can create for KEEPING more of our hard-earned money!! Thanks for your Hub.....Voted Up & useful

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    Wil C 6 years ago from United States of America

    Good advice for people trying to stay within a budget. I would also say that paying attention to prices of goods they normally by is key as well. That way they know they are actually getting a bargain and not just the store telling them they are getting a bargain by raising prices and adding a coupon to it. I would also always keep an eye on the specials in the paper. Many of these items are getting close to their expiration so they are heavily discounted.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    This is helpful information. I usually eat a number of food items past the "best by" date. I saw on a program once that you can eat anything a week past that date. I sometimes stretch it further than that, but not too far.