Saving money on the grocery bill doesn’t just happen at the store. There are things that I do on a regular basis after I get home from the store that save us money.
Each of these habits takes a little extra work, but they are all worth it to me.
1. Package meat in individual servings.
This past year, I have worked hard at cutting the amount of money I spend on meat. I have found Sam’s Club to be the cheapest place to buy meat.
But purchasing meat at Sam’s means buying in bulk!
When I get home, I divide the meat into 1 lb sections and wrap them up in saran wrap. Then I put 3 or 4 pounds in a gallon size freezer bag. The Ziploc bags* are my favorite to use.
2. Peel and cut produce.
I can’t even remember the last time I bought produce that had already been peeled and cut.
After I get home from the store, I wash, peel, and cut my produce all at one time. Sometimes this takes about an hour, but to me it is worth it.
For instance, in the summer months, I buy a whole melon and cut it myself. I buy bags of carrots and peel and cut them myself. We do the same with lettuce instead of buying bags of salad.
3. Shred cheese.
We LOVE cheese at this house! And we go through it pretty fast too.
I like to buy the blocks of cheese and shred it by hand with my box grater*. There is always more cheese when I shred it myself compared to the bags of shredded cheese. It also tastes better!
4. Freeze leftovers.
I used to throw out leftovers all the time! My husband isn’t a big fan of eating the same meal 2 days in a row, although he has gotten a lot better at it. 🙂
If I know that we won’t be able to eat the leftovers in the next few days, I put them in a freezer container. Things like meat, sauces, and breads.
After a couple of weeks, I pull the food out, let it thaw, and reheat it in the oven. This way I’m not throwing as many leftovers away as I used to.
5. Make our own drinks.
When we were first married, I tried my best to make sweet tea for my husband, but he didn’t like it. I am a Northerner, after all!
So I spent $5 every week on 2 gallons of tea from the store. That’s $260 on tea every year!
A couple years ago, I was finally so tired of spending money on tea each week that I figured out how to make it. Now I save that $5 each week.
I also make my own coffee in the old school coffeepots* instead of the Kcups which saves us money too.
6. Use real plates.
When I was working, I was really bad about doing the dishes each night, so we used paper plates more than I would like to admit.
However, I now follow an evening routine which only takes me about 20 minutes to clean up after supper. We use real plates for every meal.
I know some people who have complete paperless kitchens! They use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper towels.
We haven’t gone that far, but we do try to use towels in place of paper towels as much as possible. However, we live in the South which means we fry a lot of food. So I need my paper towels for that!
7. Make your own breadcrumbs from bread ends.
Just pop your bread ends in the freezer, and when you have several slices, lay them out to dry.
After the bread is dried out, put them in your blender until they are fine crumbs.
8. Use an electric skillet instead of the stove top.
Whenever possible, I use my electric skillet so that I don’t have to use up much electricity.
Firing up the stove every day can add up on the electric bill pretty fast.
10. Use reusable containers instead of disposable sandwich bags.
I pack my husband’s lunch everyday. I do use sandwich bags for his chips, but everything else gets put in a small Rubbermaid container* that I can reuse.
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