Who else is using up what they have before writing the next grocery list?
How about some good, old-fashioned cooking without a recipe?
Let’s face it, the humble casserole is pretty forgiving, and the pot pie could fall into the category of casserole. Continue reading
Kids and snacks. They just go together. You know they’ll want something to eat between meals. So what do you feed them? Conventional couponing might help us snag popular snack foods with cents off. But clean couponing means getting the most value. FlourSackMama.com recently asked Dr. Alan Greene for some kids’ snack food tips. The popular pediatrician hosts a regular Twitter chat called Let’s Talk Kids’ Health! Here’s some of what he had to say:
Are you frugal by half?
Maybe you already use of these common sense ways of eliminating food waste and stretching your grocery resources:
*Bake a large casserole, then freeze half of it to use another time.
*Prepare stovetop items like from-scratch chili and soup, then freeze half for later.
*Bring home half of your restaurant dinner to use the next day for lunch.
*Reserve half of a baked chicken to use the next day for soup.
*Use half as much meat at a meal, replacing it with other protein sources like beans.
*Use half your typical amount of bread for a sandwich.
*Use half as much sugar as called for in sweet recipes, replacing some of it with applesauce.
*Replace as much as half the butter called for in a recipe with Greek yogurt.
*Reduce juices by half with water before drinking.
You did it! You’ve made a big impression in the Twittersphere with our first ever #CleanCouponing Twitter party in January! Thanks for joining us for a fast, fun hour of chatting about being frugal with more than money! We discussed finding coupons and discounts, being frugal and valuing quality. You mentioned the need to find special food items like gluten free for special dietary needs. You said you wanted to learn more about green cleaning alternatives, with discounts. Together, you helped us make more than a million impressions on the #CleanCouponing topic!
Thanks to sponsor Might Nest for giving away a smart, glass canister set, and thanks to sponsor Stonyfield for giving away an organic yogurt prize pack!
You said that in future Twitter parties we should discuss:
Eating healthy on a budget Shopping for organics
Coping with food allergies/sensitivities
You suggested lots of great brands that you’d like to see sponsoring future #CleanCouponing Twitter parties!
Watch here for updates on future Twitter parties, discounts, deals and strategies for stretching a dollar while also being frugal with MORE than money!
You’re a smart clean couponing shopper, so when at the grocery store, you start in the produce section, don’t you? That’s where you’re stocking up on a rainbow of nutrient dense fresh fruits and vegetables. You don’t need a traditional clipped coupon to find a fresh deal! Why not start by checking on the produce that’s been marked down the most?
We recently found this bag of fresh looking oranges and this bag packed with nearly five pounds of bananas, marked down to just 99 cents each!
The oranges are an easy go-to snack for the kids or an addition to a breakfast plate or dinner salad.
To be sure we didn’t waste any of the overripe bananas, we started by peeling one bunch and placing chunky banana pieces into zipped bags. Then we stored them in compartments of a no-longer-used breastmilk storage container before placing them in the freezer.
Some of the remaining bananas can be used in banana bread (that could in turn be frozen for later) or pudding, while most will be raw snack food.
Have you ever asked the produce manager for a discount on fruits or vegetables that look like they should be in the markdown bin? Why not? Happy Clean Couponing!