Here are some tips you can start using today that will save you money on food costs (and even some precious time, too)!
I’m sharing with you how I save money by spending money….I know, doesn’t make much sense right? Well keep reading and I will explain how you can spend some extra money in the next few months and how that will save you both time AND money the rest of the year.
So I’m sure that you have heard of Spring Cleaning, right? Well do you spring clean your freezer? I hope you do and if you don’t now is the time to start! Let me explain…
Every Spring I like to spend some time going through my two freezers and I check out what food in in there that needs to be used up and I make a meal plan to use those items up.
Then once I do that I typically defrost my manual freezer and then refreeze it, all in preparation for filling it back up over the next few months.
With Spring finally here, that means that for those of you on the West Coast you are starting to see fresh fruits and vegetables showing at your local Farmers Market or You-Pick Farms and typically these prices are better than you find anywhere else. For us on the East Coast, it is going to be a few months before we start seeing fruit and vegetables anywhere besides our grocery store, but if you start paying attention those prices will be lower than you have seen all winter long.
When foods come into season there is a great supply of them so prices go down and that is the time to stock up–and that is why you are going to spend some money to save money.
Some of my favorites to buy in bulk and freeze are strawberries, blueberries, peppers, green beans and corn. I stock up when they are in season and the price is low and then I have farm fresh produce at my fingertips even when they are out of season.
When you chose to freeze fresh produce you know that you will have lots of healthy nutritious meals all year long and you have an abundance of food in your freezer. In fact, your grocery bill will be lower in the fall and winter because you won’t be buying produce when the prices are at their highest.
Now I know that some people worry about how the process of freezing changes your fruits and vegetables. To be honest, freezing may change the texture of your produce slightly but you will find that they work great in cooking and baking with no loss of flavor.
And I don’t just stock up on fruits and veggies during the spring and summer. I also like to stock up on ground beef and chicken when it goes on sale so that I get the best value for my dollar while making the meat last for multiple meals. Buy purchasing meat when it is on sale (typically $1.99 lb for chicken) I may spend more initially because I am buying 10+ packages but as soon as I bring it home I trim it how I want it and then freeze it. That means that I always have meat in the freezer ready to be used for dinner. No more last minute shopping trips to get meat for dinner.
Buy stocking up and buying in season I know that I am feeding my family the best I can, and save myself unnecessary trips to the grocery store -saving me both time and money.
Not sure how to freezer your favorite produce?
- How to Freeze Blueberries
- How to Freeze Strawberries
- How to Freeze Green Peppers
- How to Freeze Corn
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