Mealtime Tips

Dinnertime doesn't have to be complicated. Find out how you can create delicious and satisfying meals without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

TeaserPicAre you looking for practical ways to stretch your grocery budget and spend less time in the kitchen while still serving your family satisfying meals each night? Check out our simple tips that will help you create easy-to-prepare, family-pleasing meals that are also budget-friendly.

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Being a Savvy Grocery Shopper

Savvy Shopper

A trip to the grocery store costs considerably more now than it did a couple years ago. As a result, many families are trying to find ways to reduce the amount of money they spend each month on groceries.

Here are a few practical tips that will help you manage your family's grocery budget.

Focus on Quality and Value.

Choose satisfying, family-pleasing recipes that are made with a few inexpensive, yet quality, ingredients. For example, you can make a delicious and satisfying meal your family will love out of a few simple ingredients, such as canned tuna, a bag of frozen mixed vegetables and a box of Pasta Roni® Shells & White Cheddar.

Plan Ahead.

One of the simplest ways to become a budget-conscious grocery shopper is to plan your meals in advance. When you plan your family's meals, gather sales circulars and coupons you've clipped to help guide your mealtime choices and be sure to focus on meals that use ingredients your whole family enjoys. Then make a detailed grocery shopping list containing all of the ingredients you will need for the upcoming week.

Supermarket Survival Tips.

Once you have arrived at the grocery store, be sure to stick to your shopping list and buy only the items you have written down. Try to avoid doing your grocery shopping when you are hungry, as you may be more apt to make an impulse purchase. Instead, try eating a light snack before you go to the store so you aren't distracted by hunger pains as you shop.

Savvy Shopper

Stock Up During Sales.

To the extent that your budget and pantry space will allow, try to stock up on your family's favorite foods whenever they are on sale. Remember that products like frozen foods, canned goods and boxed mixes, such as Rice-A-Roni® and Pasta Roni®, will keep for several months when stored properly, so you needn't worry about buying them in larger quantities.

Visit Your Local Farmer's Market.

In addition to finding the freshest possible produce, paying a visit to your local farmer's market may also help trim a few dollars from your family's grocery bill. Since you are purchasing directly from the growers, this often means lower prices for you. You may also be able to find special deals, especially at the end of the day when farmers are more likely to discount produce that hasn't sold.