7 Items to Keep on Hand for Great Slow Cooker Meals

Do you love using your slow cooker? It’s the perfect appliance for getting a hot meal on the table with little effort and little expense. But do you know which items to keep on hand if you own a slow cooker? There are in fact a few ingredients that can help you get a meal on the table quickly, even if you haven’t planned ahead. Take a look at 7 items to keep on hand for great slow cooker meals, so you can put a meal together even at the last minute.


1. Canned cream soups.

You can dress up so many cuts of meat with a can or two of creamed soup. Cream of mushroom, celery, and chicken soups all dress up chicken and pork nicely. You can pour a can over your cut along with some water, seasonings, and vegetables if you have them and have a tasty dish in no time.

2. Barbecue sauce.

Make quick slow cooker ribs or slow cooker chicken when you add in the cut of meat along with some barbecue sauce. You can also add chopped onions if you wish to add some extra flavor, but even the sauce alone will dress up the meat nicely.

3. Ranch mix.

Dried ranch mix can spice up your chicken and even a beef roast nicely. Just sprinkle the mix in and add some butter and you will have flavorful chicken or roast that your family will love. If you have fresh veggies you can add them, but the ranch mix does well on its own.

4. Onion soup mix.

No fresh onions on hand? No problem! Dried onion soup mix can really dress up a cut of meat. Just add it along with some water and it will flavor the meat nicely. Of course you can add fresh veggies if you have them, but if not the onion soup mix is quite flavorful alone.

5. Rice and noodles.

You can bulk up any meal with some rice or noodles. Add rice or noodles along with the cream soup of your choice for a fast meal. You can also use them to make quick casseroles, soups, or stews. Rice and noodles are both cheap when bought in bulk, so stock up.

6. Certain cuts of meat.

Try to keep certain cuts of meat in your freezer so when you need to toss a quick meal in you can. Simple ribs, chicken breasts, or even an inexpensive roast all do well in a slow cooker. If you see these items on sale, stock up for future meals. They are so easy to dress up and prepare in a slow cooker.

7. Dried seasonings.

Stock up on dried seasonings. This doesn’t mean just salt and pepper, but seasoning salt, garlic salt, chili seasoning, taco seasoning, beef stew seasoning, and ranch and onion soup mix as mentioned above. All of these seasonings can be added to your slow cooker along with some water for a fantastic meal.

Make sure you are slow cooker ready when you keep these 7 slow cooker must haves on hand. They are sure to come in handy when you are preparing your next slow cooker meal in a pinch!

$20 Until Pay Day: How to Get the Most Groceries for Your Dollar

We’ve all been there: pay day is still a week away and you only have $20 to your name. This might feel like a reason to panic, but the truth is, you have options. There are certain tips and tricks you can implement so you can make that $20 go its very farthest and get the most grocery bang for your buck. Take a look at these tip on how to get the most groceries for your dollar. So you can be sure to stretch your food budget the best you can until pay day arrives.

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Purchase rice in bulk.

A 2 pound bag of rice will cost you about $2, especially if you buy generic. Rice is perfect for stuffing in tortillas, adding to casseroles, or serving as a side dish. You can even add some milk and sugar to it for rice pudding, and inexpensive dessert idea. ($2)

Purchase beans in bulk.

Consider a 2 pound bag of beans, perfect for using as a side dish, in soups or stews, or add them to wraps. They are full of protein, taste great, and cost pennies per serving. Just soak them to soften them and then cook to your liking. ($2)

Canned vegetables may cost less than fresh.

It can be hard to find fresh produce at a great price. If you can grab cucumbers or peppers for under $1 each grab them. If not, you may be better off buying canned. Head to a store such as Walmart or FreshCo where you can grab canned tomatoes, green beans, corn and peas for less than .80 cents a can. ($3)

Apples and bananas are your cheapest fruit option.

If you thought fresh vegetables were expensive, fresh fruit can be even worse! When you’re on a budget, fresh bananas and apples are your best options. Simple red lunch box apples run about .25 cents each, while bananas are around .70 cents per pound. This is a great way to get the fruit your body needs while staying on budget. ($3)

Powdered drink mixes are pennies per serving.

Beverages can be pricey, so instead, opt for water dressed up with a drink packet if you’re wanting something other than plain water. You can find powered drink mixes for pennies per serving. For calcium, milk may be pricey so opt for a few yogurt cups at .50 cents or so each. ($2)

Chicken will be your most budget friendly choice of meat.

You can often find chicken wings, drumsticks or thighs for a low price so this is your most budget friendly option. Dress them up with salad dressing or simple olive oil and salt and pepper. Some other cheap “meat” 😉 options include deli meat and of course, hot dogs. ($5)

Opt for day old bread choices.

Visit the day old bread store or raid the clearance bin at your local grocer for bread items under $1. Bread is perfect for sandwiches, making garlic bread, making croutons, etc. Plus if you find a great deal on it, you can freeze it. ($3)

Don’t let pay day being days away keep you from eating well. Keep these tips in mind for how to make the most of your grocery budget between pay days and see how much they can help!

How do you make your grocery budget stretch in between pay days?

My Budget Friendly Capsule Wardrobe from Value Village

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I had the opportunity to attend a pre-grand opening event at a new Value Village that has opened in the area. Not only was it really fun to attend, they challenged me to see how far I could stretch $50. Challenge accepted!

Rather than buying whatever I fancied without any thought put into it, I thought it would be fun to put together a “capsule wardrobe” for fall. A capsule wardrobe is a very small collection of clothing that you love that changes with each season. This concept appeals to me because I often find myself going for the same pieces over and over again in my closet. And I’m quite fond of (trying) to be minimalistic. Perhaps you feel the same?

I rifled through the racks and pulled out anything I thought would work for me, being sure to pick out a good assortment of tops and bottoms. I didn’t find any shoes because I’ve got pretty small feet and the selection in my size wasn’t very abundant. (Like at most stores!) However, I do have shoes at home that will work. 😉 It was fun filling my basket to the brim!

I’ve been craving colour in my wardrobe lately so I was trying to pick out some good fall colours that I liked. Value Village didn’t disappoint in the colour department. I ended up with a bit of a theme. Cobalt/navy, beige/gold and plum for tops. Bottoms are a neutral denim.

As I mentioned, I was challenged to spend $50. I tried my best to stay within budget, but I went a bit over. Here’s the break down:

  • Beige H&M sequined top  $3.99
  • Cobalt blue Simons sweater  $7.99
  • Gold Banana Republic sweater $9.99
  • Navy Hollister ruffle top $7.99
  • Purple Old Navy tank $5.99
  • Cobalt button shirt (omitted from the tally because it’s from Amazon.ca)
  • London skinny jeans $7.99
  • Banana Republic denim skirt $11.99
  • Gap jeans (omitted from the tally because I owned them already)

TOTAL: $55.93


Here are some pieces that I already owned that I’m incorporating into my fall capsule wardrobe:

Accessories are generally a big part of capsule wardrobes, (I think, I’m no fashionista) but they’re honestly not really my thing. I wear my wedding rings all the time, but that’s it! However, I do have one accessory that I have been wearing because the baby likes it. It’s the hot pink teething necklace pictured below. I think it can go with all the colours I have in my wardrobe, except for the purple tank.


So now, if I were to add everything together that you see above, I spent under $130 for an entire wardrobe. (I’ve have to purchase other new things recently because I’m losing weight and everything was falling off of me 🙁 ) Not bad! Especially since everything was bought over a span of a few months.

Now, you may be wondering how to create a capsule wardrobe with stuff you own already. Here’s how:

  1. Do a purge. Empty out your closet in it’s entirety and lay everything on your bed.
  2. Sort each item into three piles: Keep (you love and regularly wear the item), Maybe (item may not fit quite right, sentimental…etc. Put it all in a bag then store away. If at the end of the season/year you don’t “rescue” anything from the bag, donate the bag.), Donate (self-explanatory).
  3. Assess what you have left. These are the clothes you love and wear regularly. You should see your “style” pop out at you with what you have left.
  4. Fill in the gaps. Perhaps you need a new pair of jeans. Or a black tank top. Shop for one item at a time and get them on sale. However, I recommend quality over price, within reason, especially since most items in a capsule wardrobe will be getting frequent use.

The amount of clothes you have in a capsule wardrobe depends on your personal needs/desires. I’ve seen some people stick to 50 pieces, others with 37 and others with less than that. Maybe you need two capsule wardrobes. One for work wear and one for weekends. Do what works for you.

Have you considered creating a capsule wardrobe for each season? I bet you already own quite a few pieces you could incorporate!

Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post brought to you by Value Village.  All opinions are 100% my own.


7 Things You Will Never Regret Spending Money On

In my mind, being frugal, is less about not spending and more about intentional spending. For example, I may have (mostly) stopped my mindless shopping habit thanks to a No Spend Challenge I did several years ago, but I am not afraid to spend money on things that I feel add value to my life.

After all, frugality is not just about a house full of containers waiting to be reused, or having a pile of cheap clothes waiting to be mended. Sometimes, it’s about using your time and money intentionally to do more of what you love.


Here are seven things that I never regret spending money on:

Good food

For me, good food is one of the best things in life. Especially delicious, satisfying meals where I’m gathered around a table with family or friends. It’s about quality. Quality food, quality company and quality conversation. Tasty, well made food and slow eaten dinners whether you’re eating out or cooking at home just can’t be beat. Sometimes being frugal means purchasing some grocery items of lesser quality so that you can splurge on the things that really matter to your family’s good food philosophy. (Grass fed beef, organic fruits & vegetables, for example.)

Travel or Fun Experiences

Nothing quite brings a smile to my face like the opportunity to travel to new places or enjoy fun experiences. We recently took our daughters to a local annual fair that was quite costly. (Admission, food, rides…it all adds up!) But we save our hard earned money for times like this. I loved seeing the smile on our oldest daughter’s face after she experienced her very first fair ride. Or hearing her squeal when she saw the tiny baby pigs. It was worth it!

My husband and I also have dreams to travel abroad one day. I have done some traveling in Australia and Africa before I was married, but my husband hasn’t done much. I can’t wait to see the day when we can make his dream of travelling to Europe and other countries a reality.

A hobby that makes you happy

I consider Simply Frugal a money making business, but it’s also my hobby. I spend time researching, writing and even spend a decent amount of money to keep it running. But it’s fun! I enjoy learning all aspects of running an online business and I love seeing what I do help others. As with any hobby, (sewing, jewelry making, or even a tropical fish hobbyist) you have to spend money to do your thing. And if it brings you joy, then by all means go with it and make room in your budget.

Learning new things

I love learning new things. I’ve done online courses (where I learned a lot about various aspects of blogging) and in-person conferences. I’ve also spent money on books and travel; all experiences that have helped expand my mind. Learning makes me feel more confident and proud of myself.

Quality items

Comfortable, sturdy shoes that I wear season after season. A high quality set of cooking pots made to last. A brand name backpack that I have been using for every trip I have taken since I went to Australia 15 years ago.

I’m talking about well made, quality items that serve a specific purpose in your life. It’s incredibly satisfying to actually wear something out and then replace them with something just as good. In today’s disposable society, there is something so satisfying about knowing you’ve made a good, quality purchase!

Services that improve your quality of life

There is no rule in the frugal lifestyle that says you must DIY everything. If you really hate housework, hire a cleaner. If you desperately need some time to yourself, hire a babysitter. Or even if you think you can fix the toilet, sometimes hiring a professional can save you money in the long run if something goes wrong if you try to DIY.

I know that services are sometimes expensive, but it’s about looking at your values and prioritizing your spending. You might be surprised at what you can afford!

A cause you believe in

Lastly, I never regret being generous. I believe that giving to charity is important. Whether that be a local charity or a charity in a third world country. Imagine what would happen if everyone gave, even in a small way? Money donated to charity always feels like money well spent if you’re donating to what speaks to you.

I also love to surprise friends and family with little meaningful gifts, especially when they are not expecting anything. I believe in cheering up those that are “in the trenches” of daily life.

What are your thoughts? What do you never regret spending money on? Let me know in the comments! 


How to Save Money on Whole Foods

I’ve had quite a few people mention that they struggle with knowing how too afford healthful, whole foods. I’m here to give you some useful tips today that should have you knowing how to save money on whole foods in no time!

How to Save Money on Whole Foods

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When you’re looking to feed your family a healthy diet, the cost of fresh, whole foods can be a bit scary and perhaps a big turn off. Despite what some people tell you, real food is NOT cheaper than junk food. That puts a huge strain on families trying to survive on a budget.

Here are some tips you can put to use right away to help you save money on whole foods:

Visit the Farmer’s Market.

Take a visit to your local farmer’s market for amazing produce deals. Visiting closer to closing time will get you extra discounts as vendors work to clear out stock so they don’t have to pack it up. The local Farmers Market will be packed with locally grown, in season produce.

Start a garden.

Even if you live in the city you can grow some vegetables in pots! If you’re lucky you can grow an entire garden to cut the costs of feeding your family whole foods.

Here are some ideas to get you started gardening in small spaces.

Eat In Season.

Eat foods that are in season to save money all the while eating whole foods on a budget. Foods that are in season tend to be a great deal cheaper. Preserve foods as they are in season so you can enjoy them all year round.

Here’s a handy printable PDF to help you buy in-season produce.

Look for a CSA

Look for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or co-op in your local area for great deals on produce, eggs, and even pasture fed meats. A quick google search or asking around with friends should reveal a few options. Most require you to sign up in the winter for the following season.


Do a google search for u-pick farms near you. By picking produce yourself you get a workout, quality family time, and a steep discount on amazing produce to feed your family. Bring the whole family and pick enough to store away for the rest of the year.

Shop in bulk.

Shop the bulk bins at the grocery store for things like grains, nuts, and seeds at a discount compared to buying prepackaged goods. These bins often have sales as well so you can stock up a bit more if the budget allows. In this case, air-tight containers are your friend for storage.

Manager Specials.

Keep an eye out for manager specials on produce, meats, and dairy. These usually need to be frozen or used right away but with the price, but it’s worth the work. When putting your groceries away place all of your clearance finds in one spot and deal with them that night so you won’t forget about them.

Learn the art of food preservation.

You can take advantage of deals on whole foods by learning how to store them long term. You have several options and doing a combination of them will yield the best results. Great options include freezing, canning, and dehydrating fresh foods for later use.

By implementing these tips, you should start seeing significant savings when you’re eating whole foods. I’d love to know your tips for saving money on healthful real foods in the comments below!

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Reader Question: Frugal Meals for One?

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Here’s a question that a reader of Simply Frugal would love some help with:

I am a single person, trying to live frugally.  I have it down in every other area of my life, but when it comes to meal planning and buying food, I seem to waste a lot.  How do you eat healthy and frugally when you are single?

Can you help her out with some awesome suggestions?

Buy This, Not That at the Grocery Store

Buy this, not that! Here are 8 grocery items you can buy to replace their costly, less healthful counterparts.

So, you’re looking to save some more money at the grocery store without compromising your health. Sometimes it can be as simple as replacing one item with another similar item! Today, I’d love to tell you about 8 items you can buy to replace their costly, less healthful counterparts.

Oatmeal instead of cereal

Do away with the expensive boxes of cereal full of sugar and buy oatmeal! You could purchase those convenient packs of pre-made oatmeal, but I’d encourage you to buy a bag of oats instead. I find it so easy to create my own instant oatmeal packs, plus I can control the sugar content by adding various delicious toppings. Oatmeal will also help keep you feeling full so you may need less snacks 😉

Frozen fruit instead of fresh

Purchasing fresh fruit in season is an inexpensive way to get them, but frozen vegetables are a good option too. Especially because  they’re picked at the peak of their flavour and aren’t any less healthful than fresh. So if you find yourself in the dead of winter wanting fruit, try grabbing a bag of frozen fruit to save yourself some cash and disappointment with the lack of flavour.

Yogurt tub instead of cups

Sure, yogurt cups are really convenient for packing in lunches, but you could spend a little extra time once a week filling up reusable containers with yogurt from a tub instead. Buying yogurt in larger quantities (tubs or those pour bags) will save you big time.

Make dressing instead of bottled

Making salad dressings from scratch has got to be one of the most simple kitchen tasks you could do. Believe me because I don’t do complicated in the kitchen. If you’re used to buying those expensive bottles of organic/natural salad dressings, you’ll be saving yourself a bundle at the grocery store by making your own with simple inexpensive ingredients you may already have on hand! Here are some of my recipes:

Head of lettuce instead of bagged salad

Not only is a head of lettuce much cheaper than the bags or containers of salad, they last longer too! I understand the convenience of buying a bag or container, but really it doesn’t take much effort to tear up some lettuce leaves for a salad. Especially when you have to sort through the slimy pieces in the bags or containers anyways.

Rotisserie chicken instead of deli meats

Go for the whole rotisserie chicken instead of the deli meats for sandwiches. Your boring ol’ sandwiches will taste so much better! Plus, you’ll be feeding yourself something a bit healthier. But don’t stop at sandwiches, hang onto the bones and extra meat to make a delicious chicken noodle soup for another meal or two.

Dried beans instead of canned beans

I’ll be honest and say that we don’t eat a lot of beans in our house so I do tend to purchase the cans of beans. But, if you use beans a lot in your cooking, purchasing dried beans is the way to go if you want to save yourself a bundle! Cooking up a batch of dried beans is simple if you put your slow cooker to use or the new Instant Pot.

Brown Rice instead of white rice

There may not be much of a price difference between white rice and brown rice, but if you look at the nutritional value, you’ll win with buying the brown rice. The vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are some of the benefits, but one of the biggest pluses may be that the high amount of fiber in brown rice helps fill you up longer than white rice would. In turn, cutting down on the amount of snacks you may need between meals. Or even the amount you pile on your plate in the first place.

A you can see, there may be no need to stop buying some items completely to save money, but a simple replacement should help you out. How many of these replacements do you buy already? What are some other things that you buy to save money? 

16 Ways to Treat Yourself for Free

Just because you are frugal, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to treat yourself once in a while! Here are 16 ways that you can treat yourself for free today!

Just because you are frugal, doesn't mean you don't deserve to treat yourself once in a while! Here are 16 ways that you can treat yourself for free today!

Rewarding yourself for little (or big) accomplishments and treating yourself to a little pick-me-up to help you get through the week, is important (and fun) and I’d say a necessity to not fall victim to frugal fatigue.  However, it’s not always a good idea to spend money every time you feel like doing something special for yourself.

But, don’t let that discourage you. There are quite a few ways that you can feel like you did something nice for yourself without paying a cent.

The next time you feel like treating yourself, try any of these 16 Ways to Treat Yourself for Free:

Bubble Bath:

Every once in a while, a warm bubble bath sounds really, really nice and relaxing. It’s a great way to put that bubble bath to use that was given to you as a gift.

Take a Nap: 

Now this one sounds like a fantastic treat to me right now! I’m working on very limited sleep during the night because the baby is waking up far too often for my liking. Grabbing a mid day nap sounds wonderful. 🙂

Go for a Walk: 

Get out and get some fresh air. Walk around the neighborhood or find a nice wooded trail. Go by yourself or bring the family or a friend. Enjoy the scenery and focus on all the details surrounding you.

Read at the beach:

This is something my husband and I would do regularly before we had kids. We would make a day of going to the beach with a book or magazine and just sit and read. People watching is also fun. Once the baby is old enough to be left for a longer period of time, this is one of the first things I want to do when we go on a date.

DIY Manicure or Pedicure:

I’m sure you can do an almost salon like manicure or pedicure at home after watching or reading an online tutorial. You could even get in some girlfriend/daughter time by doing each others nails.

Netflix marathon:

If you have a Netflix subscription, you could binge watch a popular series, with popcorn, of course.

Visit a Pet Shelter: 

Head to your nearest pet shelter to give some animals a few cuddles, pets or a walk!

Head to a free community event:

I’m fairly certain that all communities offer some sort of free event. For example, our city offers a free summer music concert in a local park once a week. There are also regular events going on for major holidays. Take a look in the newspaper and you should find something of interest!

Swap some clothes with a friend 

Are your clothes feeling a bit boring to wear over and over again? Why not try swapping a few pieces of clothing with a friend? You’ll have brand new wardrobe possibilities without spending a dime.

Grab a notebook and start journaling:

Journaling can be quite cathartic. Especially if you’re in a stressful season of your life. Take the time for yourself to write down all your thoughts and dreams. Allow yourself to vent.

Find that hidden chocolate bar that someone gave you and savor it:

I’ll be honest in saying that all my hidden chocolate is gone now, but for a while I was working on some Christmas chocolate that was given to me! It tastes best when I eat a piece hidden from my daughter 😉

Bake a treat:

Craving a piece of cake? Why not bake an entire cake and invite some friends over? (So you don’t accidentally eat the whole thing yourself.) You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already in your pantry.

Picnic outside in the yard or park:

Why not pack up a rotisserie chicken, some buns, fruit and veggies and have an outdoor picnic? This is another favourite thing our family likes to do. We have to eat anyways, so why not enjoy eating outdoors?

Do something nice for someone else:

Doing something nice for someone else will surely put a smile on your face for the entire day. It just feels good to show someone else some kindness. Some cheap ideas are:

  • Bake someone a batch of muffins to make their mornings a bit smoother
  • Double up one of your dinners and bring a friend in need the second dinner
  • A “thinking of you” card to someone who’s been on your mind
  • Give a compliment to a stranger
  • Let someone else go in front of you in line at the grocery store
  • Gift your talents to someone (photography, a knitting project, baking, art work…etc.)

Learn something new:

I have a whole post dedicated to skills and hobbies you can learn for free. Check it out.

Say no to something that you are dreading that is not essential:

Sometimes our lives can fill up with things that we should do, because they’re “good things”.  Why not say “no” to that thing that is completely not essential. Saying “no” can feel really good!

I’d love to know your ideas for treating yourself for free or cheaply! Let me know in the comments.

7 Household Items Every Penny Pincher Owns

There are certain household items that every penny pincher owns, because they know that these items will help them stay on their frugal path.  How many of these items do you own?

There are certain household items that every penny pincher owns, because they know that these items will help them stay on their frugal path. So what are these items exactly? Take a look below at 7 household items every penny pincher owns. Penny pinchers hold onto these items tight so they can stretch their budget and live well below their means daily. Here are the items you need to know about so you can live a more frugal lifestyle too.

1. A Slow Cooker.

Penny pinchers know that a slow cooker is a staple in any frugal household. It’s an easy way to make home cooked meals with very little energy and even when crunched on time. You can make everything from appetizers to desserts in your slow cooker, which is why they are so popular with penny pinchers who hate to spend money on eating out.

Check out these unique ways to use your slow cooker.

2. Cloth towels and napkins.

Why pay for paper products that you just toss away after one use? Penny pinchers love to use cloth napkins, towels, and other cloth products instead of paper. This way the items can be used multiple times before being washed and used all over again.

3. A change jar.

Every devout penny pincher has a change jar. The change jar is where all of the change leftover in purses and pockets is tossed into at the end of the day. Over time it adds up and can be cashed in for more than you may realize! A change jar is a simple way to let those pennies you pinch add up for you.

4. A clothes line.

This depression era staple is still used in many households as a way to save money. A clothesline can help you dry your clothing in the fresh air while saving you money on gas, electricity, and dryer sheets. Consider a clothes line for your drying needs and see if it makes a difference for you. Nothing beats the smell of sun dried clothing anyways!

5. Vinegar.

Vinegar costs about a buck a bottle and has so many practical uses. It makes a powerful household cleaner and can get glass sparkling. Instead of buying pricey cleaning products, penny pinchers love vinegar for getting their cleaning jobs done.

6. A bicycle.

Penny pinchers love using bikes to run quick errands as it helps them save on gas and car repairs. It also gives them the chance to exercise and can also be used as a hobby. Invest in a bike so you can use it for quick trips and to perhaps enjoy a fun evening bike ride with the family.

Related: 5 Ways Living on a Budget Improves Your Health

7. A ceiling fan.

Ceiling fans have been replaced by light fixtures over the years, but penny pinchers will never give theirs up. They can cool the air during the hot summer months, and can be reversed to push down warm air during the cold winter months. Ceiling fans are a cost effective way to keep your home comfortable without cranking up the heat or the AC.

How many of these items are used in your household? What items would you add to the list?

There are certain household items that every penny pincher owns, because they know that these items will help them stay on their frugal path.  How many of these items do you own?

How to Make Groceries Last Longer

Does it ever feel like your groceries just don’t last? There are probably even times when you look in the pantry only to find it bare, even though you just went shopping. Groceries just don’t seem to last long enough, but there are ways to make them last much longer!

How to Make Groceries Last Longer

Groceries just don't seem to last long enough, but there are ways to make them last much longer! Read this for some great tips.


Only Buy What You Need

Buying only what you need will ensure you are not wasting food. Knowing what you need and what your family will use will help to ensure you only have fresh groceries in the house that everyone will enjoy. Buying food items that your family doesn’t use will only waste money and leave you with wasted food.

Freeze What You Don’t Use

We don’t always need all the food we buy and that can mean wasting food. Make sure to freeze any food you are not going to use before the expiration date. Freezing food that you are not going to use by the expiration date will keep the food from going bad and will help you keep a stocked freezer.

Freeze Herbs

Herbs typically come in large bunches and we don’t always need all the herbs at once. People tend to throw away herbs because they only use a few and the rest of the bunch goes bad. Next time you bring herbs home from the store chop them up, put them in ice-cube trays, pour in some olive oil and then freeze. Your herbs will stay fresh and you will end up with infused olive oil next time you go to cook.

Store Produce Properly

Produce is one of the number one wasted food items. Produce can last longer than you might think but you need to store it properly. Do not cut up produce until you are ready to use it! Keep in mind that each fruit and vegetable has a different way it needs to be stored. Knowing how to store your produce properly will keep it from going bad to quick. There is a complete guide on storage techniques here.

Stock Up

When you come across a good deal make sure to stock up! Having a fully stocked pantry at rock bottom prices is always a great way to ensure you have plenty of food. Watch the store flyers closely to look for sale prices on your family’s favorite items. Remember to store all food properly!

Create Snack Baskets

Sometime it doesn’t matter how well you store your food, it still goes quickly! This isn’t due to waste or improper storage but more so to hungry little kids. Children love looking through the pantry to find all of the yummy snacks! Before you know it that box of cookies you just bought yesterday is already gone.

Start creating snack baskets for each child in your family. Everyday put items in the snack basket that the child can have. If he or she eats all the snacks at one sitting that is it for the day, they will have to wait till breakfast, lunch or dinner to eat again. Creating snack baskets allows you to set out what the kids can and can’t eat that day and help your groceries last a little bit longer.

How do you make your groceries last longer? Let us know in the comments below!