Saturday, 25 October 2008

TIPS - Saving Pennies at the Supermarket

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Bring on the meat.

If you are finding chicken a tad expensive at the moment, try a cut with a bone in. Chicken thighs can be roasted and are really tasty. Just sprinkle some salt and herbs on before putting them in the oven. You can also cook them and take the meat off to add to curries and stir fries. Alternatively why not buy whole chickens which are usually good for a couple of meals, and sandwiches for lunches.

Freeze it.

Sauces and stews can be frozen for later. Make a big batch and put the rest in a tub for another day. You can also freeze red wine or stock in ice cube trays to make them handy and reduce wastage.

Think like a veggie.

You don't have to have meat with every meal. Mushrooms, beans and lentils can be a good alternative. Try a vegetable curry to use up left overs and save your meat. Don't forget eggs too as an omelette is a great high protein dish.

Shop around.

At times like this you don't have to be loyal to your supermarket. Shop wherever has the best deals, or go to different places for different things. Visit before you go to see where will be cheapest. Remember to check the weight of meats or look at the price per lb. Also don't forget to use your points cards at supermarkets as they can give good savings with vouchers and offers.

Seasonal produce.

In season fruit and vegetables will be cheaper than those that have been imported. Keep an eye on what is in season now and go for those when you hit the shops. Click here for a useful list.

Bake it yourself.

Instead of buying lots of crisps, cakes and biscuits, bake your own. Make vegetable crisps or pitta chips in the oven. It is healthier too. Convenience foods are notoriously expensive and salt and calorie laden.

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