Saving Big on Family Groceries Starts at Home

Whenever I walk into a family kitchen, I always see a refrigerator and pantry filled with too much food.  So, why are you going to the grocery store and filling up your shopping cart with even more food?  The least expensive way to shop for your weekly family menu is to use the food that you already have at home.  Restaurant chefs reduce their food cost everyday by creating specials right from the refrigerator, so why can’t you?  Now it's time for you to see what you have in your pantry and create a menu around what you find.  You may be surprised to find pasta, tomato sauce, and ground beef already at home.   All you need is to add onions on your next shopping list to complete a simple Pasta & Meatballs dish.   Simple and inexpensive!

Take a look right now in your pantry and refrigerator and you will find food items like: sauces, dressings, spreads, pastas, meats, fruits, vegetables, and grains that are all in a holding pattern waiting for you.  Do you really know how long these foods have been aging on your shelves?  Did you know that tomato sauce doesn’t get better with age?  You do not want to keep food too long in your kitchen either, because like it or not, it will go bad at some point.  Even the canned food & jars have dates on them.  Be sure to check over your food carefully to make sure it has not expired or spoiled.  If you doubt the quality of a particular food item, throw it away.  Remember leftovers and perishables have a short shelf life, so you will want to use them up within a few days.   If you simply did not like the taste of a particular food product and it is still sealed and non-perishable, you could try donating it.

This is your time to be creative and put on your family chef hat.  Pretend you are on your own hit TV cooking show.  Here are the secret ingredients you have to work with, now go and create your family meal.  You may only need to buy one item from the food store to complete a dish.  This is one simple way to save big on your family grocery budget.