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Smart Food Preparation Tips

Plan ahead.

The single best way to save at the supermarket is to map out your dinners for the week and shop with a list, experts say. Sounds like a no-brainer, but most of us don't do it. That's how we end up buying things we already have. Take a quick inventory of your pantry, fridge, and freezer so you know what you've got on hand. Then decide on the recipes you want to make for the week. Jot down the ingredients you need and head to the supermarket.

Shop for what's in season.

The freshest foods have better flavor and more nutrients, and they're also less expensive. In the off-season, try frozen fruits and veggies, which offer the same healthy benefits for low prices.

Get more than you pay for.

Grocery stores across the country are going the extra mile to help you eat healthy. For instance, Safeway stores' online Food Flex program gives you a nutritional snapshot of your purchases and shows you better alternatives. Whole Foods Market holds weekly value tours of its stores to point out good-for-you deals. (Who-knew secret: You can taste most foods at Whole Foods to make sure you like them before buying. Ask for details at the service desk.)

Veg out.

Go vegetarian one or more days a week and you'll slash your grocery bill big-time. Angela Barton, author of the blog My Year Without Spending, says that since she and her husband switched to eating meat just a few times weekly, she saves 25 percent every time she shops. Swap beef and chicken for beans, grains, and eggs.


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anonymous wrote:

I enjoyed your article as I am a very experienced budget shopper.People might also consider buying knock-off items instead of name brands. In my store cream of mushroom soup is $129 a can for the name brand and the store brand name is .49 and there is no difference in quality.

6/7/2012 02:43:05 PM Report Abuse
mrs-klaus wrote:

All was good info. Thank you. I never shop on empty. My pressure canner will get more use. I would like to make my own soups as well. Less salt & I know whats in it.

10/15/2011 10:19:41 PM Report Abuse
jgraham87413 wrote:

You can purchase a pressure cooker at QVC. I got one that is electric which can also be used as a slow cooker. I bought one for my daughter and daughter inlaw and they love them.

1/15/2011 08:12:01 AM Report Abuse
grammieluvsu wrote:

i enjoyed this article very much. I never knew you could actually cook in a pressure cooker. I have used one years ago for canning. Can anyone tell me where I can purchase one now? Mine had to be left behind when I moved from the east to the west coast. I have looked in several stores and can not find one anywhere.

11/6/2010 07:21:43 PM Report Abuse
simpsoncampbell wrote:

Canola oil comes from the canola plant or what used to be called the rapeseed plant. Not surprisingly the name is not very marketable so they changed it to canola. If you are driving in the mid summer and see farm fields full of a yellow flowering plant, that is canola or rapeseed. If you crush the seed it is 42% oil. The husk is them used for other things.

11/2/2010 08:37:36 AM Report Abuse

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