Food and Drink

Food Pantries Should Use Extreme Couponing Techniques

Cpns
Instead of individuals doing the leg work and then donating their stockpiles to charity, why don't the non-profit institutions (that avoid taxation) do the work? It is easy to learn here and here.

We can even get the governemt employees who administer food stamp programs to use extreme couponing as well.


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.