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Save money elsewhere:

  • Whole-grain bread is healthier than regular bread, but it usually costs more. If you have a bakery outlet in your community, you can buy day-old whole-grain bread there at a discount.
  • Check out fresh produce at a farmer’s market or a produce stand. Prices are sometimes lower there than at the grocery store.
  • Many fruit orchards let customers pick the fruit themselves to save money.

Save money in your kitchen:

  • Build up your cooking skills. Buy one good, general cookbook. Used bookstores are a good source.
  • Invest in a slow cooker or Crock-Pot. With a slow cooker you can buy less expensive cuts of meat, because the long, slow cooking time makes them tender and very tasty. Plus, the dish cooks all day while you're at work or busy with something else.
  • Learn how to cut up a chicken. You can save money by buying whole chickens and cutting them apart yourself. And make soup with the bones.
  • Make vegetables your main dish, and serve your meat as a smaller side dish. You'll save money by eating less meat. You can also serve beans instead of meat.
  • Make your own lunch, and take it with you to work.
  • Use recipes you can double or triple, so you can freeze leftovers for later.
  • When a recipe calls for milk, use dried fat-free milk. It's cheaper and doesn't need to be kept cold. You just add the milk powder to water to make only as much as you need.
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Last Updated: March 15, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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