This article is part of a Don't Throw It Out! series on how to preserve fresh foods and avoid food waste. If you are watching your grocery dollars (and who isn’t), here are our ideas for food preservation methods that don't require expensive equipment. Use any of these tips to preserve … [Read more...] about 5 cheap ways to preserve food
This article is part of a Don't Throw It Out! series on how to preserve fresh foods and avoid food waste. Food waste by the average American family is estimated at 25 percent of your grocery shopping dollars -- or a little more than $2,000 a year. Fresh vegetables top the list. If you have a … [Read more...] about How to keep spring veggies fresh to avoid food waste
We all do it. We didn’t stop doing it when we became senior citizens. In fact, some of us do it up to three times a day, every day, in the privacy of our own homes, with the lights on. It’s a basic human need, after all. I’m talking about eating at home, of course. The cost of groceries can take … [Read more...] about Save on groceries with special ‘senior discount day’ offers
People are often left without power when a storm strikes. Here’s how to avoid spoiled food and wasted money. Plan ahead. If the weather forecast predicts serious storms, or a tornado, an excellent non-electric cooling system is dry ice, but its popularity could make it to be tough to find. A … [Read more...] about How to avoid wasting food in a power outage
Are you tired of paying big bucks for cooking herbs? Grow your own. For less than the price of a jar of dried herbs, you can plant fresh herbs (plants or seeds). Use your fresh herbs during the growing season and dry herbs throughout winter. Most herbs are easy to grow. These tips tell you how to do … [Read more...] about How to grow herbs and save money all year
Green onions aren’t expensive to purchase in the grocery store, but they are one of those ingredients that I either forget to buy, or they go bad in the fridge before I remember to use them, which is definitely a waste of money. Green onions, also known as scallions, are great for flavor and garnish … [Read more...] about Regrow your own green onions in your kitchen
Summer brings an abundance of vegetables, fruits, and herbs for fresh, healthy meals. But many have trouble making ends meet, and farmers market produce usually gets tossed from tight budgets in favor of cheaper alternatives. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program is designed to help low-income … [Read more...] about Free produce for low-income seniors, moms and children
I hate wasting food, almost as much as I love saving money. So anything that can help me save money AND food is a good idea in my book. Since those are the key benefits to vacuum sealers, you know I'm going to find the most cost-effective ways to use them. A vacuum food sealer is basically a small … [Read more...] about Vacuum sealers: Are they worth the price?
I don't know what I like more about Thanksgiving, the holiday itself or all of the sales grocery stores nationwide usually have on Thanksgiving-dinner staple ingredients as soon as Halloween passes. You can find rock-bottom prices on the foods most frequently consumed on the biggest eating day of … [Read more...] about How to maximize your savings while shopping for Thanksgiving dinner
This article is part of a Don't Throw It Out! series on how to preserve fresh foods and avoid food waste. Food waste is estimated at 25% of the average American family's grocery shopping dollars -- a little more than $2,000 a year. Fresh fruits and vegetables top the list, because many are wasted … [Read more...] about How to keep fall fruits and vegetables fresh longer
There seems to be this prevailing idea that pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms are far less expensive than the grocery store. After all, you're doing all the work, cutting out the middle man, it should be less, right? But, is it really? Before you start thinking I'm going to pooh-pooh U-Pick … [Read more...] about Pick your own produce: Deal or no deal?
What if I said you could save more than $500 a year by buying more fresh fruits and veggies? As a registered dietitian, I've heard all kinds of excuses for not eating healthy, the most common being it's too expensive. But a recent report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest shows how … [Read more...] about Want to save and be healthy? Fruit is cheaper than Twinkies