This excerpt came from an e-mail response I wrote to a friend today who was inquiring about saving money grocery shopping:
I stock and save. I try not to put myself in a position that I need something right away (except for perishables). As soon as I start using the last of something, I make sure I am on the look out for the product at a good price. And really, I try not to even get to that point.
Think ahead (I say this is the life of a mom). What are you having for dinner? Can you make 2 and freeze one? Can you prepare it the night before, so there is no temptation to eat out?
I see what’s on sale in the ads this week and see if I can use them. For instance, when I see a whole chicken on sale, I’ll crock pot it, and use that for one meal w/potatoes, and other veggies. Then I shred the chicken and use it for something else the next day, chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos, chicken pot pie, chicken soup, the ideas are endless…