Thrifty Food Tips – Just What You Need to Cut Your Food Costs

Thrifty food tips are little nuggets of info, hints to help you spend less on food. You can eat well, and have easy, nutritious meals, and not spend a fortune at the grocery store. These will help.

Thrifty food tips for you...

Revive Wilted, Tired Vegetables

If you find yourself with lettuce, asparagus, celery, carrots or other vegetables that have wilted, you may be able to revive them and make them crisp again. Soak them for a few hours in cold water. It may help to add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice to the water. It also helps if you can trim the vegetables. Slice off the bottom ends of the asparagus or celery stocks, or the tips of the carrots, so that they can absorb the water better.


If Sales Items Aren't Available, Ask For Rain Checks Or Substitutes

Rain checks are usually available if the store you are shopping in is out of an item that is on sale. The rain check is a voucher or coupon the store gives you, which you can use at a later date, when the item is back in stock. This is great if you have plans to return to the store before the rain check expires.

If you need the item right away ask for a substitute. Some stores will let you buy a different brand at the advertised price. Others may offer a similar discount on a different size. For example, if gallons of milk are on sale and they are out, they may let you buy two half gallons for the one gallon sale price.


Give Gardening a Second Thought

Planting a garden is an emotional idea that feels like a wonderful way to save money. In the long run, though, it could end up costing you more than if you bought your vegetables at the grocery store. Before you start a garden thinking it is going to save you money, sit down and list all the expenses associated with it. And, give some thought to whether or not you have the time and discipline to take care of it.


Easy Hard Cooked Eggs

Hard boiled eggs (now days called "hard cooked eggs" remain a thrifty, high protein snack. Cooking them is a lot easier than you may have been told. Here's how to do it: 1. Place eggs in saucepan and cover them with water. 2. Bring them to a boil and turn off the heat. 3. Let them sit in the hot water for 15 minutes and then drain them. They are now ready to store in the refrigerator, in the shells, until you need them. Or, you can cool them in cold water and peel them as soon as they are cool enough to handle.


Freeze Extra Milk

Buy milk when it is on sale and freeze it. We do NOT open it and remove some first. There is enough room in the plastic jug that even though it expands when frozen it is just fine. I prefer to thaw it in the fridge for a couple of days. But, when I need it sooner, I let it sit at room temperature until it is mostly thawed. This works with fat-free milk, skim milk, 1% milk, 2% milk, and regular (whole) milk. If you don't use an entire carton of milk before it goes bad, put part of it into another container to keep in the fridge to use right away. Freeze the remainder for later use.


Use Pickle Juice in Salads

Reuse your pickle juice to give salads a flavor boost. Use the juice in the pickle jar to add a little zip to potato salad, macaroni salad, and coleslaw. You can use either dill pickle juice or sweet pickle juice. You can use your regular recipe for these salads, but substitute the pickle juice for the vinegar called for in the recipe.


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