How to cook on a budget

eytyxhs9.jpgIf you’re about to move out on your own, or have recently moved out, one of the biggest shockers you will probably encounter is the high price of food. It’s true, food prices have been increasing around 4% each year and they currently show no sign of slowing down. With prices so high, it can seem impossible to cook meals if you’re on a limited budget. However, this isn’t always the case. By following the simple tips below you’ll be well on your way towards cooking fabulous food without breaking the bank.


While cutting out coupons and using them may not be the coolest thing to do, it is certainly one of the wisest things you can do in regards to your financial health. Getting coupons is relatively easy. The most basic method is by scrounging through local newspapers and fliers that you get in the mail. These coupons are often good for only a few weeks so it’s best to use them as soon as you can.

Another method for obtaining coupons is via the internet. This is the preferred method because it opens up a wider variety of coupons and more selection of coupons. It is best to join forums of like minded people so you can easily chat with others and collaborate to find the best coupons possible.


While it may be tempting to purchase name brand food when you see it because of the nice labels or claims of superior quality, know that deep down, most of the food is almost exactly the same. Keep in mind that all the food that is sold in supermarkets must be inspected by the Food and Drug Administration.

If the food doesn’t pass these inspections, it can’t legally be sold in the United States. Because of this fact, you can assume that all of the food you see in the store is safe. A great reason to purchase “generic” food is because it is much cheaper than name brand food, sometimes almost half price.


Purchasing your groceries in bulk is a great way to save money when it comes to grocery shopping. Consider obtaining a membership at one of the giant wholesale outlets, such as Sam’s Club or Costco. After obtaining a membership, you can shop as much as you want a reward yourself with huge savings along the way.

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  1. >I love to look at your photo of the giant pile of gift cards! I think you have done an excellent job for 2008! You relaly helped to inspire alot of people all over the country to become better managers of their budgets! I know you inspired me. I am still trying to decide what a good goal budget for spending for 2009 is for my family. I just wish I had that big pile of gift cards to start it out with! BTW do any of the gift cards expire? I also relaly liked how you blogged about making meals with your stockpile! I’ve been reading online lately about what I can do with items for my stockpile. For example, online I read that some people add Pert Plus to a spray bottle add water and use it to clean their showers/tubs/sinks. I tried it with a battery operated scrub brush I got with a gift card from Walgreens and it worked great, was less caustic than purchased cleaners, and smelled wonderful! And I have a ton of free after coupons Pert Plus but because of an allergy to it we are unable to use it as shampoo but using it as a cleaner is perfect I also donated some of it to family that can use it and a pantry. I’m looking forward to reading your blog for the next year! Have a wonderful holiday season!

    maio 1, 2012 às 7:43 pm