Hasn’t the price of groceries just astounded you lately? I know I’ve been shocked. Everytime I go in there to get groceries, I come out with a little bit of stuff and it’s at least $40-50 just about every trip. We used to take for granted that bread, milk and eggs were staples that most could afford to have around all the time, but even those items are getting out of sight! The state of our economy is pretty alarming to me, so I thought it would be fun to share some grocery tips with each other. How do you save money on groceries each week? Do you have any great ideas on buying groceries and keeping the costs down?
It definitely pays to shop around. This chili mix that we love is $1.00 cheaper at Walmart than it is at Publix. That adds up!
For instance, this week, Publix had sweet potatoes for 49 cents a pound, so I bought some of those. We love sweet potatoes, but when they are about $1.00 a pound, I usually pass on them. Asparagus is another favorite, but I will only buy it on sale too. I think it’s coming in season now, so we should be able to get it reasonably priced for the next few weeks. This week it was $1.99 on sale. I won’t pay $4.00 a lb. for asparagus. I try to work my cooking around what is in season for fresh veggies and fruits. Then stock up on things then. And during the winter, we eat mostly frozen veggies.
Well now that spring is here I plan to grow a lot more of my own and can and freeze. Right now we are planting potatoes. Twice as many as last year. I am growing more tomatoes so I can freeze those. Perfect for chili and stews. I will be growing corn and green beans to freeze. We let the green beans grow up the corn to save space. You would be amazed at what you can plant in a small space if you really plan it out and nothing tastes better than FRESH produce. All of my climbing veggies will grow up the fence that surrounds the garden so they won’t take up any space. Like cucumbers, squash, peas….You can grow lots in 5 gallon pots too. Just make sure you poke a whole in the bottom.