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.
Layered Overnight Casserole
Drain tomatoes, reserving liquid. Add enough water to tomato liquid to make 1 ½ cups. In saucepan, combine liquid, butter, rice and contents of seasoning packet. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cover tightly. Cook over low heat about 25 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. While rice cooks, brown beef and drain. Season beef with salt and pepper. Place cabbage in boiling water to cover. Set aside and let stand 2 minutes. Drain. Sprinkle with flour and toss. Spoon rice into 2-qt. glass baking dish. Layer cabbage, sour cream, ground beef, chopped tomatoes and cheese over rice. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees 30 to 35 min.
Makes 6 servings