If grocery bills are bumming you out, you're not alone. Food costs may indeed be rising, but our savvy saving tips will help keep your spending in check - and stretch each paycheck further. A girl's gotta eat, right?
Your cabinets are probably filled with forgotten food. So for one week, try to eat exclusively from your pantry, fridge and freezer. “This is a great plan for when you need a quick hit of major savings, such as after the holidays or an unexpected expense,” says Food Network star Melissa D’Arabian. Take a tour of your kitchen pantry and write down the major ingredients lurking around, and use this list to create a menu for the week — you can easily uncover hundreds of dollars worth of forgotten food, she says. “It’s a fun challenge to see how long you can go without buying new items.” (Sort of like finding a $20 in last winter’s jacket.) For more sage tips, check out D’Arabian’s New York Times best-selling cookbook, Ten Dollar Dinners.