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Money Saving Tips and Tricks For Your Kitchen

Updated on March 12, 2015

Save Time and Money When it Comes to Cleaning, Cooking, and Shopping

Because I spend most of my day in the kitchen I'm always looking for ways to save money when it comes to cleaning, and cooking. I have a few tips that I hope that you'll find useful, and maybe you would like to share some of your tips too in the comment section.

When it comes to shopping for food I like to get the best price possible. If something I need seems too expensive, I'll wait until I can find a better price. I remember one time shortly after I had my twins I had gone out shopping and my sister in law was babysitting. That day I was on a bargain hunting food trip and returned home with bags and bags of groceries. When I told Christy, my sister in law what I'd spent, she couldn't believe I'd gotten so much for so little. After that day I think I got the tag of being a frugal shopper.

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Recycle & Reuse - Before you throw it away, think of a way you could reuse it one day.

Uses for plastic bread bags, take out food containers, and Folgers coffee cans.

The Art of Frugal: Feeding a Family on a Budget: Enjoy high quality family friendly meals at frugal prices
The Art of Frugal: Feeding a Family on a Budget: Enjoy high quality family friendly meals at frugal prices

With the cost of groceries constantly on the rise feeding a family is not an easy task some weeks.

 

Folgers Coffee Cans - Once the coffee is finished be sure to save the handy can.

  • Plastic bread bags are very handy if you make your own type of Shake N Bake.

    For those times that your fridge is full and couldn't possibly take anymore leftover plates and platters, use a bread bag to store a roast, chicken, or turkey. It will be much easier to fit into the refrigerator, and you can organize and stack everything with greater ease.

    For those times when you don't want to dump greasy roast pan refinements down your kitchen sink drain, spoon it carefully into a bread bag, and then dispose of the grease.

    Did someone forget their lunch bag at school or work? A bread bag could come in handy for lunches in a pinch.

  • Take out food containers can be used for so many things such as; food storage, care packages, for people when they want to take some of your delicious food home with them, taking food you've prepared with you to a picnic, potluck, or family gathering, take a salad to work day.

    Use it for your microwave cooking providing it is safe to do so.

    I use them quite often as a catch all for when I'm doing food prep. They're great to use for all the little bits of onion peels, egg shells, carrot ends, etc. that you're going to be composting or throwing into the garbage.

  • Folgers coffee cans are wonderful when you are needing to do touch up painting. The paint can be stored in the coffee can, and because of its indented type handle, you can carry it easily while walking around.

    Store baking supplies, nuts, cereal, rice, or spices in this handy can. They can easily be stacked and stored.

    Wonderful for Lego's, crayons, markers, button collections, and very handy for many items in your workshop or garage.

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Money Saving Tips

Time Saving Tips

Easy clean-up tip. Whenever I make a turkey, roast, or chicken, I add celery or carrots to the bottom of the roasting pan along with a few inches of cold water. This not only adds flavor but will save you time when you are scrubbing that roasting pan. Why? If you lay the celery or carrots along the bottom of the pan and place your meat on top of it, the veggies will keep the meat from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

I know many people use oven liners, but if you're looking to save money, heavy duty aluminum foil can be used instead. Pull it out of the box, measure it up with your eye on how much you'll need, and double it. Fold it in half and carefully place it under the heating element in your oven. I buy the 25' rolls that measure 18" or 45.7 cm in width. When it comes time to clean your oven or if you have an accidental spill, simply peel the foil up and throw it away.

There's no need to buy those expensive dishwasher cleansers that dishwasher manufactures and advertisers tell us are a must. White vinegar will work just as well and there are no chemicals involved. Fill a large coffee mug 3/4 full with white vinegar. Place the mug on the bottom rack of your dishwasher and run the dishwasher through a wash cycle. Do this once a month for a clean sparkling dishwasher.

Money Saving Tips When Shopping for Food

In today's economy every little bit you can save helps. Here are some of my costs saving tips.

  • Sit down once a week with your grocery store flyers and plan your menu for the following week. If there are three stores that have items that you need on sale plan to go to all three stores, or to the one store that will save you the most money.
  • Organize your shopping list by aisles in the store. This will save you time, and could save you money as long as you stick to what is on your list.
  • Don't forget to clip coupons. There are many websites that offer free coupon printing right on their site, and others that will mail the coupons directly to your home.
  • If you do not have a car and rely on public transportation ask someone that you know if they are going shopping, and if you could catch a ride with them.
  • Buying in bulk when items are on sale, such as meat, can be cost saving providing you have a freezer to store the meat.

    Large roasts can be cut into steaks, chops, or cut into smaller roasts. Cut up cheaper cuts of roasts to use as stewing beef.

  • When canned goods, and other non perishable items are on sale, stock up if your budget allows you to.

Thanks for visiting today and I hope that you found some useful tips here.

Any comments or questions are most welcomed.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      esmonaco, so glad that you found some new tips

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I love all of your ideas, I never thought of so many uses for a bread bag, and never gave it a thought to use white vinegar to clean the dishwasher. Thanks :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SannelLarson: Thanks!

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      SannelLarson 3 years ago

      Susan, these are wonderful tips. Thank you!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @goldenrulecomics: You're more than welcome and very happy to meet you.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Good tips. I'm going to try to clean the dishwasher using your advice!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @AlleyCatLane: You're welcome and thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Margaret Schindel: Thanks!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tip on cleaning the dishwasher, and the web sites for coupons. I know I could save more with a bit more effort.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are wonderful tips, Susan! Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on your purple star.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ColettaTeske: I remember one time I had a ton of empty margarine containers that I used as starter pots for spider plants.

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      We recycle and repurpose as much as possible. Those empty coffee containers also make great planters. We have several hanging around our porch that are filled with spider plants, pothos and ferns. Great tips!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @suzzycue: I don't mind your comment at all. My aunt keeps all of her oven racks covered in foil and has never had any problems with the elements burning out. Good thing to keep in mind though.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very useful tips! I like to reuse the Folgers coffee cans and take-out food containers too.

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      suzzycue 4 years ago

      Susan very good tips. I just want to mention the one about foil under the oven element. You should be careful doing that as the aluminum reflects back the heat to the element, making it too hot and can burn it out. Over the years my parents have done that and it costs them two elements. Just a heads up hope you don't mind my comment.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LauraHofman: Thanks It's always nice to meet a fellow recycler..

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @garagerob: So glad you enjoyed it and thank you.

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      garagerob 4 years ago

      Some very good tips here. I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @combiplumb: Thanks for stopping by.

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      combiplumb 4 years ago

      interesting might try one of those books, thanks.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @TransplantedSoul: Yes that's so true. Thanks for stopping by. It's always nice to meet other people from Ontario.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I like the combination of saving time AND money! Sometimes it is better to go with your gut rather than agonizing about things. If you overthink a great deal - you sometimes miss out.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @susanholland10: One of the things I dislike in life is grocery shopping and I find following the list much easier than going in blind :)

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Great tips! I use a list. The times I don't, I buy things I don't need. Also, I try to make my list by aisle. This keeps me from running all over the store and seeing things I "must" have. My husband saves all coffee containers and uses them in his shop.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @HappyTom LM: Thanks! Stick to your list and you may just save a few :)

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      Thank you very much for sharing and creating this great and informative lens! I hope now I will have a few dollars left when I am leaving the supermarket:) ...

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: That's always been my motto :) Thanks for visiting!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Excellent money saving tips! It never hurts to save a few dollars whenever possible. :)

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