Prep Your Pantry
Stock up monthly on staples like grains, beans, oil, vinegar, and nuts for easier weekly shopping.
Survey Your Stores
Remember that the nearest big box grocery isn’t your only option. Ethnic markets, smaller chains like Aldi and Trader Joe’s, and warehouse clubs all offer deep discounts and are worth hitting up from time to time.
That’s shorthand for ‘first in, first out.’ Organize your fridge and pantry the FIFO way, so you use the oldest items first before they spoil.
Make Monday (or Tuesday) Meatless
Choosing vegetarian protein like beans and tofu in place of beef or chicken will save you dollars and is a heart-healthy choice.
Whip up extra items from dinner for tomorrow’s lunch. Add a new flavor for a fresh spin. For example, shred an extra suppertime chicken breast, and toss with lemon vinaigrette and spinach for a zesty salad. Dinner chili makes a flavorful, protein-packed, baked sweet potato topping.
Reimagine Food Scraps
If you only want half a banana on your cereal, freeze the other half for tomorrow’s smoothie. Celery tops, onion skins and carrot peels make delicious vegetable broth when simmered.
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