With the downturn in the economy, frugal living is no longer just for starving college students or single parents. Everyone seems to be trying to find ways to cut back on their regular expenses.
I’ve learned over the years that food-related expenses are one of the few truly flexible items in the average family’s monthly budget, so I’ve dedicated this “Cheap Eats” blog to sharing some of my personal favorite tricks, tips, ideas, and recipes for cutting back on those everyday meals, snacks, and beverages.
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The following is quoted from a media press release sent out several years ago:
Washington-state resident, Deborah Taylor-Hough, saved $24,000 on her family’s total grocery bills during the past five years. “I used to spend $700 per month on groceries and food-related expenses for our family of five, but now I spend around $300. By saving $400 a month, it multiplied out to an overwhelming figure when I did the math,” says Taylor-Hough.
The successful money-saving trick Taylor-Hough discovered was cooking her regular family meals ahead for the freezer. Her method has been so successful, the book she wrote on the topic, Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month, has been a bestseller on Amazon.com for several years.
Taylor-Hough said, “Cooking in bulk has become my part-time job — it’s actually allowed me to stay home full-time with my kids.”
Cooking for the freezer helps her to plan ahead, purchase items in bulk, cut down on waste, and stop those all-too-frequent trips to the local drive-thru. “Plus,” she says, “my kids aren’t on a first name basis with the pizza delivery man anymore!”
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