Use grocery store club cards and then compare prices to store brands.
Buy fresh items, instead of processed items.
Consider buying frozen vegetables, they are picked fresh, flash frozen immediately and are less expensive and will keep longer.
When planning your menu think of ways to maximize the use of the “Stretch Your Food Dollar” menu as a springboard to create your own menu. Create meals around the items down in price. If you feel you can’t build a menu using an item that is down in price such as orange juice …use citrus slices instead.
Buy in bulk, but don’t buy more than you can eat.
Clip and use coupons. Put a ‘C’ next to items on your list that you have a coupon for, it will help you remember to use it at the checkout stand.
Shop the edges of the store avoiding the items at the ends of the aisles.
When shopping meat sales items, consider stocking your freezer.
Sharla’s Arizona Beef & Veggies Stir Fry
Using a sharp knife, slice the yummy Arizona steaks thinly into strips.
Sauté steak strips with thinly sliced onions in a few tablespoons olive oil and a tablespoon of butter, stirring often. Add cored and diced peppers, sliced celery and squash, along with a small amount of hot pepper. Add more olive oil if needed.
Add garlic after meat has browned. Add a few tablespoons of wine to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle flour over meat and stir. As sauce thickens, add a few tablespoons of water or beef broth to thin out to desired consistency. Stir in soy sauce.
Cover and simmer over low heat until meat is tender (about 20-30 minutes); stir in mushrooms and cook 1-2 more minutes (only until mushrooms are heated through).
Serve over steamed rice, buttered noodles or chow mien noodles.