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.
Snickerdoodle Bars with Less Sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Take out a nonstick 13-by-9-inch metal baking pan and set aside.
Cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer at high speed until fluffy. Add baking soda, cinnamon and salt, then mix at low speed to blend. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat at medium until just incorporated. Add flour and mix on low speed until blended.
Scrape dough into pan, smoothing it in an even layer. Bake until lightly golden and set in center, about 30 minutes.
Transfer pan to a rack, and if desired, sprinkle cinnamon-sugar over warm bars, and then let cool completely. Or dust cooled bars with confectioners' sugar. Cut into 40 bars