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Pay less for your food and make your money last a bit longer.
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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Know where to look to get a good deal
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 If I have had it frozen I will eat it up to a month out of date.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 They can not legally sell you some thing that is out of date.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.