Grocery prices rising, how do I trim my budget?

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Registered: 07-24-2011
Grocery prices rising, how do I trim my budget?
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Thu, 01-03-2013 - 1:14pm

The Today show this morning was saying that grocery prices are going up 3-4% overall. With the increase in payroll taxes, my budget is already going to be tight. Anyone else worried about sticking to your grocery budget? My goal is to start making a few things from scratch each week that I would normally buy in a box or a can. Am I the only one worried and looking for ways to cut back?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-29-2012

You're definitely not the only one worried! I've been thinking of ways to cut back too. I've been thinking of baking instead of buying things like cookies, and I'm planning to make more things like spaghetti sauce that's not expensive and makes enough for several meals, and less eating out and ordering in. Now I just need to find the time to do all this cooking!

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Registered: 02-27-1999

Definitely going with home cooked meals will help.  I don't buy any processed or packaged foods, with the exception of canned tomatoes and stock in a box.  I have extreme sensitivities to food additives and artificial coloring.  Think about the price you pay for a loaf of bread.  My recipe is water, salt, yeast and flour (part home ground whole wheat) that costs me about 35 cents.  Canned soup is another huge rip-off.  For about 50 cents, I can have a really nice pot of soup, and it doesn't take but about 25 minutes.  Dry beans go a long way to stretch your budget and your health; canned beans are full of sodium.  

My daughter is saving a ton of money by making liquid laundry detergent.  Five galllons costs her under $5.  She also makes liquid hand soap.  I buy quick oats at the dollar store, package them up with dry milk powder, brown sugar, and dried fruit in individual portions, and at the office I nuke them 90 seconds with a little water.  Much better than instant, and for pennies a serving.  

Be sure you have a good meat grinder on hand.  Grinding cheap whole cuts of meat saves loads of money over buying packaged ground meat.  It is also useful to have for repurposing leftovers.  Hash and chili are excellent "new" dishes from leftovers.  

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Fri, 01-11-2013 - 5:02pm

Great ideas! How long does it take to make bread? I've been meaning to try some quick no-knead bread recipes I've seen.  I had a bread machine once, but hated the bread I made with it, so I sold it.

I bought a really large bottle of hand soap at Walmart for a few dollars, along with a small bottle of foaming hand soap. When the foaming hand soap is empty, I add not even an inch of the regular soap and fill the rest up with water. I think it's going to last almost forever!

I also buy a concentrated all-purpose liquid cleaner and put a capful in a spray bottle and that lasts a really long time too.

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Registered: 10-01-2002
When I shop I look for bargains at each store I go into... I love looking for bargains... I also do scratch cooking and baking... I have been making homemade bread to help on toast in the morning and I make great pizza with the same dough.. Sure love being frugal...
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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 7:47pm

HAHA, I sold my bread machine too!  What's up with that crazy square loaf?  If you try some of the artisan recipes, your investment in time is minimal.  The artisan recipes also make DYNAMITE pizza (another thing that saves money).  

I make a lot of flatbreads, which are SOOO quick!  I bake them on the stove top on a griddle.  It's much more frugal for a person who cooks for one.  I can make just a few pieces and stash my dough for later in the fridge.  

Here's a bread tutorial 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFJZPm-_2-M

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Registered: 12-16-2004
Fri, 01-18-2013 - 3:19pm

Most  no knead breads has more holes and bread and  holes are not filling  and bread should be a tummy filler.

Here is my scalded bread, http://throughtheovendoor.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=2418  scalding flour makes the bread stay fresh longer and  you can change  the oatmeal for coarse rye flour and rye is the best one for maturing over night.    You can also use a dark beer instead of butter milk or just water.

This is the standard bread of this home and we love it.

Pancake, cake and cookie mixes are a rip off,  you can make much more with just  the basic ingredients then you can with mixes.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
thanks for the idea I am one who loves making homemade bread esp during the cold months..
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Registered: 12-16-2004

I hope you already menu plan, start planning lunches, snacks and so on too, not just dinners.

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 2:02pm

k_roni wrote:
Here's a bread tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFJZPm-_2-M

Thanks for link to the video, I think that's the recipe I used but my bread didn't turn out like theirs. It didn't look like their bread rose very much either.

I found another recipe that just makes just one loaf that you cook in the oven in a cast iron pot. I think I'm going to try that one next. At least I won't have wasted so much flour, etc., if it doesn't turn out. What is Kosher salt? Can you use regular table salt in its place?

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Registered: 01-25-2000

Hmmm, i don't worry about things like that.  But I have always tried to be as self-sufficient as I can be.  Up here in Alaska food costs are out of this world.  I love to have fresh fruits and vegetables.  so most of my money goes for the fruits and I garden during the summer time and try to put up my veggies for the winter.  Last year though I did not have garden as I went to Africa.  This time I will be home during gardening so I need to go back to Africa soon so to be here for gardening this year.

I make all my own jams and jellies from the fruits I grow and can find in the wild during the summer months.  Geesh talking about food my tummy is starting to growl right now. hahaha.  I better find something to eat.
bye bye. 

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