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5 Tips to Cut Your Food Bills

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by Sarah M (subscribe)
A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. My blog is coming soon. Watch this space!
Published January 7th 2013
Be food-wise and save money
Buying food is very expensive and it's such a shame to waste food and money. How often do you throw food away because it's gone bad or past it's use-by date? It happens in households every week.

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Here are a few suggestions to help you cut down on your food bills and save some money.

1. Organise Your Fridge and Pantry. Keep a track of what food is in your fridge and Pantry. When you buy new groceries rotate the stock - put the older items in the front. You are more likely to use items you can see easily.

2. Plan Before You Shop. Make a shopping list and stick to it. Try not to 'impulse buy'. Plan your meals and only buy the ingredients you need. Try shopping on-line, this will help you buy only the items you need.

3. Grow Your Own. Start a vegetable patch in your garden and plant all your favourites. Your family will soon have lots of lovely fresh, tasty vegetables. They taste better and cost less than buying vegetables from the supermarket.

4. Shop at the Farmers Market. The local farmers market has plenty of fresh produce available. The food is usually seasonal, fresher and of better quality. Most farmers markets have a wider range of goods to choose from and the prices are usually a bit cheaper.

5. Make Your Own. Instead of wasting lots of food, preserve it. Make your own jams, chutneys and pickles. Make up dishes and freeze them, it's great to have ready make meals on hand for times when you are in a hurry or just don't feel like cooking.

Of course these are only a few suggestions. There are many more ways to cut down on grocery shopping if think about it. Give some of these a try - you might just save some money.
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Where: At the shops
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by emma. (score: 0|3) 3050 days ago
One almighty problem exists for SINGLE people.
Supermarkets off 2 items at low price but penalise SINGLES who have no need for excess purchases.
WHY is MINCE if any meat/poultry product ONLY available in the minimum size of 500grams?
WHY is KANGAROO meat only available in the large trays of about 1 kilo or more?
This gives NO CHANCE for SINGLE CUSTOMERS to try the product! The quantity is too much for SINGLES.

Down-Sizing often means Down-Sizing the size of the Refrigerator as well as furniture.
SINGLE people do not tend to have the GIANT double-door fridges and freezers so popular now with the more ’greedy’ consumers.

I would happily buy 250g Mince and 250g of Kangaroo Meat. But the rotten supermarkets FORCE me to buy mch more than I need.

This is BLATANT DISCRIMINATION against SINGLES and the elderly who do not consume as much as families.

Give us smaller trays of meat/poultry products without ripping us off and penalising us for not being a large family!
by fluffynut (score: 2|958) 1328 days ago
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