Savvy supermarket shopping
Inflation has affected all of us, and grocery bills have skyrocketed as food prices rise. It’s tough to stick to a grocery budget right now, but armed with a few smart strategies, you can save hundreds of dollars each month, along with making sure you don’t fall for the tricks supermarkets use to get you to spend more, and how to make your produce last longer.
Walk through aisles you don’t use
Every store has an aisle or two that has no temptations for you (pet food, paper goods, baby supplies, cosmetics, and so forth).
Make that aisle your passageway to the departments you need at the back of the store.
Why tempt yourself by using the chocolate aisle?
Special offers at the supermarket aren’t always what they seem. Here’s how to tell when a special deal is not so special.
Buy chicken whole
Never buy chicken parts (breasts, wings) when you can buy the whole thing and make more meals from it.
Forget about fancy butchering: using strong kitchen shears, cut the chicken up the breast bone, up the back bone, and then cut those halves in half again.
Cut off wings and legs, and you have the kind of pieces that you’d pay big bucks for.
A large whole chicken is amazingly economical. It will give enough meat for about 8 portions, or you can serve 4 people and have plenty of leftovers for sandwiches, salads and other dishes.