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Frugal Meals - How to Save on Food

Frugal meals are the backbone in any successful stay at home mom's plan. Cooking with cheap recipes and practicing frugal grocery shopping are skills that can be acquired. Learn how to save on food.

Though there are many ways to afford being able to live off one-income in a two-income society, saving money always seems to come back to food. We all eat. And the price of food has been skyrocketing lately! As if it wasn't expensive enough already!

The USDA publishes monthly reports on the cost of food in America, and in one year (Jan 2011-Jan 2012), the average monthly food expenses for a family of four went up almost $50! (moderate-cost plan). So how can we create frugal meals and save some money? Well, there are many strategies to stretch your food dollar.

Learn Couponing

Since we are already talking ways to save on groceries, let's start by learning one of the best frugal grocery shopping skills there is: saving money with coupons.

Have you ever watched a morning show on TV, and seen a "Coupon Queen" come on, showing how she paid a quarter for two shopping baskets full of food and other consumables? Have you heard that you can get groceries for free? Or that you don't ever have to pay for things like toothpaste and shampoo?

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Well, it's true. You can get $$thousands$$ of dollars' worth of free consumable items every year, simply by the effective use of coupons and refunds. Stay a Stay at Home Mom devotes over 50 pages to learning how to coupon in the couponing and refunding section, but here are a few links to get you started:
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  • Coupons: Save More than You Think
  • How to Use Coupons to Save Big
  • Couponing & Refunding Section

  • How to Save on Food

    First things first. Let's get started by saving money on groceries. There are many places you can go to obtain low-cost foods that don't require you to be on the low end of the income scale. Some require you to donate your time, others are just great deals. Check out the following:
  • Cheap Grocery Resources
  • Buying Organic Foods
  • Order Groceries Online
  • How to Get Free Food

  • Frugal Grocery Shopping

    Next comes the art of shopping, and learning how to save money while you are out at the grocery store. Taking a little extra time to organize yourself and your frugal grocery shopping priorities can mean big savings.
  • Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips
  • Start a Grocery Price Book
  • Printable Grocery Shopping Lists
  • Best Tupperware for Stay at Home Moms

  • Grow Your Own and Save

    Part of learning to save substantial amounts of money on food is learning how to find alternative ways to acquire the basics. One of the most fulfilling, both in terms of effort and in saving money, is to grow some of your own food. (Plus, it just tastes better.) This can be done regardless of if you live in town or in a more rural location.
  • Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden
  • Raise Meat Rabbits
  • Raise Chickens in Your Backyard

  • Frugal Meals Cooking Tips

    And then there are ways to go about cooking that can save you some dough. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) These methods are all about combining supplies and efforts to save big.
  • Freezer Cooking Tips
  • Start a Food Exchange

  • Planning to Save

    A little planning goes a long way towards frugal meals. Learn how to menu plan, plan for emergencies, and get organized.
  • Menus for Kids
  • Emergency Food Preparation
  • Frugal Menu Planning
  • Make a Menu Planner

  • Cheap Recipes

    Finally! Cheap recipes! The very heart of frugal meals! Learn inexpensive ways to feed your family.
  • How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn
  • How to Make Maple Syrup
  • Budget Cooking Ideas

  • Frugal Cooking - Chicken

    Chicken is one of the least expensive, most versatile foods available to moms looking to feed their family a healthy and delicious dinner. This section on cooking with chicken will give you plenty of ideas on recipes and cooking methods.

    Dining Out on a Dime

    And what section on frugal meals would be complete without information on how to save money dining out? For our family, this was the biggest hurdle in our money saving plan. But we were able to tackle it by implementing the tips in the sections above while reducing the costs of dining out when we chose to do so. Here are our methods.
  • Dining Out Savings
  • Get a Free Lunch (or Dinner)
  • Kids Eat Free A-H
  • Kids Eat Free I-Z
  • Free Birthday Meals

  • How do you save money on food?

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    Looking for more ways to save money? Make sure you check out the following:
  • $5,000 Money Saving Mama Challenge
  • Reduce Your Regular Household Expenses
  • Live Frugal and Stretch Your Dollar
  • Learn Couponing and Refunding
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