February 1st, 2012

5 Tips to Avoid Spoiled Groceries

 

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**Today’s guest post is contributed by Coupon Mountain.**

Each time you visit the grocery store, you are spending your hard earned money to feed you and your family. We all have times when we buy something and forget about it, only to find it rotten and unusable later. Spoiled groceries are a waste of money, and the cost can add up faster than you think. To keep your money from going to waste, read up on these five tips to avoid spoiled groceries.

1. Shop Smaller

Even if your food supply is running low, don’t feel the need to stock your shelves to the brim in one trip. Pick up only what you need for the next few days instead. Smaller, more frequent trips to the store will assure that you use everything you buy and that you never leave anything behind to go bad. Whenever you go to shop, make a concise list so that you don’t accidently buy more than you need to.

2. Plan Meals According to Ingredients

To make sure that you use everything that you have in your fridge, plan your meals ahead of time. Make your meal plans based on what ingredients you already have before you go to the grocery store. Having a precise meal plan will help you use all the ingredients before they go bad because you will account for them ahead of time. Check out this article for some simple meals that can be made with just a few ingredients that you may have in your home.

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November 9th, 2011

Wednesday Roundup: 10 Ninja Tips to Slash the Cost of Dining Out at Restaurants

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10 Ninja Tips to Slash the Cost of Dining Out at Restaurants "I tend to shy away from eating out unless it is a special occasion or I have no other alternative. When I do, I try to cut my costs as much as possible. Here are 10 ways I’ve been able to or have seen others save money at restaurants." 20 Something Finance

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September 30th, 2011

Friday Roundup: How to Grocery Shop for Five on $100 a Week

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" "People are sometimes shocked to hear that I spend only $100 a week on groceries for a family of five. I've even been accused of not telling the whole truth. Confession: Five mouths for $100 is not the whole equation. We also feed a nutritious diet to our two cats." Wise Bread

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September 26th, 2011

Quick Ways to Save Time and Money in the Kitchen

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I’ve written before about money-saving tips for the bathroom, but what about the other rooms in your home? Here are a few of my favorite time- and money-saving tips for one of my favorite rooms: the kitchen.

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September 15th, 2011

Review & Giveaway: The Frugal Foodie Cookbook

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One of my favorite hobbies is making delicious food, and pair that with another passion of mine — saving money—and the result is one fantastic cookbook. Co-authors Lara Starr and Lynette Shirk are the talented individuals behind “The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: Waste-Not Recipes for the Wise Cook,” a book filled with inexpensive recipes and cooking tips for all occasions.

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September 13th, 2011

The Psychology of Money: Blowing It

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Cooking competitions: They’re great for teaching about bacon and truffle foams, but even better for showing us how our thoughts about money change the second we have it.

On Top Chef: Just Desserts, there was a quick-fire challenge to make a small dessert that could be transformed into a stick of gum. Craig, the winner (miniature stack of pancakes and strawberries), bagged $25,000. When asked what he was going to do with the money he said, “I was going to use it to pay off loans, but now that I have it, I’m going to go shopping.”

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