Food and Drink

Cheapo Food - The Price Book

The biggest target for saving is in the food and grocery area. The reason is simple. We spend about 20% of our money on food. We're making decisions about buying food all the time. 

A pricebook is an invaluable tool. It's a simple listing of items that you purchase regularly (i.e. milk, bread, ground beef, etc) and the lowest price that you've paid for it recently. The most effective pricebook includes one sheet for each item with the store name, date and low price recorded.

Since loss leader sale items appear on the front and back of sales circulars, I can create the price book at home without even going to the store!

Taking the pricebook to the store allows us to quickly identify real sales. That gives us the opportunity to stock-up on an item when the price is right.


Free Food = The Easiest Way to Become Frugal

  • Start you own garden indoors or out
  • Barter with neighbors who have large gardens
  • Use the Leftover app
  • Take up hunting/fishing
  • Work at a hall that hosts weddings and funerals - or get friendly with someone who does – take home salads, leftover chicken, etc.
  • Go to the grocery store and take advantage of free food demonstrations since they usually give samples
  • Take up Freeganism

Freezing Eggs

Eggs

I'm saving my brown eggs from the farmer's market so I don't have to pay the extra $1.50 for cage free eggs at the supermarket this winter.

To freeze whole eggs, crack the egg and beat until just blended, then freeze individually in a muffin tin. Then pop them out and store in a Ziploc bag once frozen. To use, simply thaw in refrigerator.


Being Frugal @ Food Festivals

I know lots of people are turned off by the high price of food festivals. So here is what we did this weekend during Pierogi Fest. We walked over there Saturday just to scope things out. Then, 2 hours before closing on Sunday, we returned to haggle and make purchases at deep discounts. Food and merchandise vendors do not want to drag stuff back with them!

7 pierogi for $5 (was 6 for $5 all weekend)

$1 slice of pizza (was $3.50 all weekend)

A dress that was $35 was purchased for $25!


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And we also had some luck too. We found 5 beer tickets (a $15 value) on the walk up and our neighbor gave us some left over BBQ chicken when we got home!


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Foraging For Food

The other day I was watching the news and they had a Chicago chef, along with an expert forager, picking up food along side a Wisconsin road. Happy hunting!

BEST BETS ==> Cattail, Inner Pine Bark, Purple Clover, Dandelion,  Acorns, Squirrel, Rabbit, Trout, Crayfish, Snakes, Frogs,


Food Tips That Save You Hundreds!!!!

  • Eat in more often and cook from scratch as often as possible
  • Avoid convenience foods like fast food and prepackaged foods
  • See if the store brand meets your needs
  • Look for the “dented can” shopping cart as soon as you enter the store
  • Bring your own coffee and soda to work rather than buy from a vending machine.
  • Use the pricebook and buy in bulk only when the pricebook tells you to
  • Buy your foil, wax paper, plastic wrap from restaurant supply stores
  • Plant a garden
  • Use food dehydrators. Here is a simple food dehydrator you already have!
  • If you can’t do a garden. Check out farm stands, farmers markets, and “pick your own” farms
  • Order water at a restaurant instead of soft drinks, coffee, tea or alcohol
  • Shop Aldi and other no frills grocery stores
  • Become a vegan
  • When inside a supermarket, ask the deli manager what time they mark down food items at night 
  • Buy chuck roasts. Cook and shred the meat for soups, stews, and BBQ beef
  • Subscribe to the 99 cent chef blog