Family, Frugal Living 

‘Sell by’ dates on food lie to you, waste your money

Problems with food dating cause people to waste foodEver find food past its “sell by” date in the fridge and just throw it away without looking at it? If so, you’re almost certainly throwing away perfectly good food, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.

There’s a temptation to treat the dates on food as infallible predictors of when food will go bad, but in a lot of cases they’re basically bologna. Many dates aren’t based on food safety, but on when the manufacturers thinks the food will taste best. That causes a lot of retailers and consumers to toss food that’s perfectly fine to eat.

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Managing Brand Creep in Grocery Shopping

When I read the original title of this article (How to Shop Sensibly for Groceries When Someone in Your Family is a Brand Loyalist) to my husband, he immediately chuckled and said “I don’t know how you do it but somehow, you do.” There is no question in our house about who has the specific brand “preferences” – he’s the one who has brand loyalty and it has been difficult for him to embrace generics.

I try to convince him that in most cases, generics are basically the same exact thing without marketing, which equals a lower price for the consumer, but he won’t believe me. And, I think he still doesn’t, but he does grumble a little less most of the time.

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 Frugal Living 

How to Become a Coupon Ninja in 15 Minutes A Week

I love a good deal.

Coupons VendorFor years, I’ve seen all the grocery store coupon sites out there listing wonderful combo deals, how you can get free this and free that, but I never did it because I didn’t want to spend the time it takes to clip, sort, and manage coupons. I didn’t want to try to match them up with the sales circulars and double/triple coupon promotions to get the best deal possible.

I have nothing against people who do this, in fact I’m very envious of their organizational ability. I know that’s what it took to be a coupon ninja, I’d probably last a week or two, then it would fall by the wayside the first chance it could. That’s just how I am (I don’t bother with new year’s resolutions either!).

However, there’s a much easier way to be a coupon ninja and it involves the power of the internet.

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 Frugal Living 

Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Grocery ShoppingI often wonder what keeps many from grocery shopping with a budget in mind and then sticking to it. I have actually sat down with a friend before who is trying to save money on her grocery bill. We have literally sat at my kitchen table together, gone over the store ad, planned out our meals, made the list, priced out the items and have gone to the store together. Essentially we had the same list – plus or minus a few things, but still with very similar approximate total prices. A few times during our outing we strayed from each other, but in the end, met at the cash register. Once there, her total bill was double what mine was.

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 Frugal Living 

Ten Tips for Successful Meal Planning

Grocery ShoppingI think these two words bring different thoughts for different people. I know I may be unique, but all of my adult life I have found I love planning my trip to the grocery store – writing the grocery list, pricing out the items, going shopping.

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 Personal Finance 

Omaha Steak’s Fantastic Feast Assortment Promotion

Omaha Steaks Fantastic Feast AssortmentOmaha Steaks sent me a junk mail promotional offer (I have no idea how they got my name) where you could get about a ton of meat for $50 plus shipping. No joke.

The package was called The Fantastic Feast Assortment (Item 4665LZF), cost a smooth $49.99 (normally $69.99) plus $16.99 shipping, and contained:

  • 4 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins
  • 4 (4 oz.) Boneless Pork Chops
  • 4 (4 oz.) Omaha Steaks Burgers
  • 4 (4 oz approx.) Chicken Breasts
  • 2 (4.5 oz.) Stuffed Sole w/ Scallops & Crabmeat
  • 8 (3 oz.) Gourmet Franks
  • 4 (5.75 oz.) Stuffed Baked Potatoes
  • Bonus: A free salt & pepper machine (hand-grinder)
  • Bonus: 6 more Omaha Steaks Burgers

Several years ago, I used to see this offer all the time. I never purchased it because it was a ridiculous amount of food for a single person, I doubted the safety of shipping raw meat, and it was expensive. Since then, I’ve received one other shipment of meat (an entire leg of lamb from the American Lamb Board, because of grilling blog Grill Maestro) without incident, quieting my fears of shipping meat. As for the price, at $66.98 it seems fairly priced but how long would it take my wife and me to eat all that meat?

Another thing holding me back is that some of the things in that package I wouldn’t get à la carte. For example, stuffed sole w/ scallops & crabmeat sounds good, but it’s not something I would purchase in the store. Gourmet franks? I would probably go with low fat or reduced fat franks made by Ballpark or Eskay, which you can find for $1 an eight pack during the summer. Burgers? I like to make them myself with some ground beef and my own selection of add-ins. Once I start picking it apart, I think of how I can probably buy the individual items à la carte and save more money that way.

I’m tempted just to order it and see what happens, but I think I just convinced myself not to in writing that previous paragraph. 🙂

I asked Matt at Steadfast Finances if he ever had anything from Omaha Steaks. He said he had a steak a year or two ago.. “I remember saying I wanted it well done because I didn’t trust a steak shipped via Fedex.” Hmmm… I never want a steak well-done.

Has anyone ever ordered meat from Omaha Steaks? Care to share your thoughts on it?

 Frugal Living 

How To Predict Supermarket Sales

Learning how to predict supermarket and grocery store sales is so simple, a grade schooler could do it. All you have to do is pick up your Saturday circulars! Yeah, so I cheated a little, I hope you can forgive me. Typically supermarkets will advertise all their sales on Saturday when they won’t take into effect until Sunday so you get to find out if you should wait one day to buy that chicken because it’s not on sale this week but it will be next week.

One of the benefits of living within walking distance of the local Giant (a grocery store chain) is that it costs me nothing but time (i.e. no gasoline/car-related costs) when I go grocery shopping. With the Saturday circulars, I can see what’s advertised. Just the other week I knew, from that week’s circular, that a pound of chicken breast was going to run me $2.99 – a good price in this area and that itself was marked as a sale. Well, the advertisements that came with my Saturday paper clued me in on a sale that would start the next day where chicken breast was going to run a mere $1.66 (an unheard of price, at least for me) so I waited the one day and saved myself some easy money.

For those of you who thought I knew of a magic method of divining sales, I apologize.

 Frugal Living 

Plan Meals And Save On Groceries

Grocery StoreCNN Money ran an article today explaining the benefits planning out your meals and preparing them yourself may have on your budget. Even without this article, everyone knows that cooking your own food is much cheaper than eating out or even buying prepared food but sometimes it’s hard to sit down and plan your meals a week in advance. Planning meals will reduce the amount of food you end up throwing away, which in most households is 14% of their food, up from 7% twenty years ago.

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