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    I'm looking for suggestions on food to buy...in yet another attempt to not go broke this winter

    For example, I've noticed that there have been 5lb bags of carrots, onions, potatoes, beets for 99 cents lately.
    Also, big bags of rice and dried beans are super inexpensive.

    What else?

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    I have been buying a whole chicken, for about $8 -$9 (not sure of the lbs), and getting 4 meals out of it, 2 stews, and two chicken dinners, for the 3 of us. I find its goes further and cost less than buying the chicken separate especially the breasts.

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    I love those big hams (with the bones in). In all honestly for a $15 ham, I can get at least 4 meals of ham and then I have a bg ham bone that I could do stuff with too (if I knew what to do with it).

    Cheap/reduced beef makes awesome stew (with carrots, celery, potatoes, etc), you can always use less/no meat too. Chili is also cheap to make (especially when ground beef is on sale), if you by dry beans it's quite a bit cheaper then canned beans - but you need to prepare in advanced. Frozen veggies are normally cheaper then canned or fresh.

    I also stock up on cheap convenience foods - a frozen pizza or skillet sensation (all bought on sale) is cheaper then a $20 trip to McDonalds.

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    I've been stocking up on the cheap cheese. I grate the large bars with the food processor grater attachment and freeze it in ziplocs. I make pita pizzas on greek style pizzas for a fast meal. Everyone likes their pizza different so the pitas are just the right size for individual pizzas.

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    ITA with the prepare ahead ideas. carrots, zuchinnie, peppers, all those veggies can be cut and cooked ahead and frozen. then smash the crap out of a few and steam or add to stew etc.
    Dh also froze bags of cooked ground beef. same thing unwrap and throw in pan or crock pot
    potatoes can also be cut, cooked and then mashed or left in little bits to add to stews, soups, etc
    beans are also great to add as well as rice.
    we also bought a few bars of cheese when they went on sale a few weeks back.. stuck em in the fridge they last forever as long as they are not opened..
    if i think of more ill add

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    watch the sales. about a month ago food basics had the big bricks of cheese for 3something. I had more cheese than i knew what to do with. Rice is one thing i always have lots of. you can make it in soo many different ways that cost next to nothing. I love convienant foods and hate cooking so i pick up pizza when on sale or precook and freeze everything.
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    o also if you get to Trails end on the weekend Saturdays around 3-4 then your sure to get some awesome deals on all kinds of stuff.

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    buy your meat in bulk!

    Kohns meat market has fabulous meat, and fabulous package deals

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    We've been making a lot of soups and stews lately and then freezing whatever is left for another dinner. It is really stretching my grocery budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    buy your meat in bulk!

    Kohns meat market has fabulous meat, and fabulous package deals
    We used to do this too and I agree they have great meat and you can customize your package if you want.
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    RCSS Has chick breast on sale. Picked up 5 breast for 7.53
    usually $9-$12

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    I make a huge Pot of Goolosh and Chili and freeze 1/2 for another meal.

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