Peach Pleasures via Sweet Peach Recipes

Peach Pleasures

Treat yourself to some sweet peach pleasures via sweet peach recipes! Peaches are sodium, fat and cholesterol free, high in vitamin A and have vitamin C.

Following are three delicious, yummy recipes for peach treats!

Peach Pleasures
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Peach Pleasures 1: Peach Apple Crisp

Canned peaches are available, sliced or in halves, packed either in sugar syrup or water.  Apples are a good source of soluble fiber, especially pectin, which helps control insulin levels by slowing the release of sugar into your bloodstream.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

20 ounces canned sliced peaches, light-syrup pack, drained
2 medium apples, tart, peeled, sliced
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, chilled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 9 by 9 by 2-inch casserole dish.
  2. Combine peaches, apples, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl. Toss well and spread evenly in greased casserole dish.
  3. Combine flour and sugar in small bowl. Cut in margarine with two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over fruit.
  5. Bake until lightly browned and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

4 Servings, about 1⁄2 cup each, plus 4 servings for another meal

Nutrition information per serving.

  • Calories 175
  • Total fat 5 grams
  • Saturated 1 grams
  • Cholesterol 0 milligrams
  • Sodium 57 milligrams

Freebie: Download Peach Apple Crisp Recipe in PDF


Peach Pleasures 2: Peach Cake

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients:

29 ounce can sliced peaches, light-syrup pack, drained and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons whole milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 8 by 8-inch pan.
  2. Spread peaches in baking pan. Mix remaining ingredients, except brown sugar and milk, together in mixing bowl; spread over top of peaches.
  3. Bake until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. For topping, combine brown sugar and milk in small bowl. Drizzle mixture on top of cake; return cake to oven, and bake 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces.

8 Servings, about 2 by 2-inch piece each

Nutrition information per serving.

  • Calories 205
  • Total fat 4 grams
  • Saturated 1 grams
  • Cholesterol 27 milligrams
  • Sodium 171 milligrams

Freebie: Download Peach Cake Recipe in PDF


Peach Pleasures 3: Peach Crisp

To ripen peaches, store in a brown bag at room temperature. Ripe peaches can be stored in the crisper bin of your refrigerator for up to five days.  

Ingredients:

4 peaches (4 cups sliced)
2 tablespoons margarine
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice the peaches.
  3. Spread the peach slices on the bottom of the baking pan.
  4. Melt the margarine in a saucepan.
  5. In a small bowl, mix everything but the peaches. Stir until the mix is well blended.
  6. Sprinkle the oat mix on top of the peaches.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.

Recipe Note

Serve the peach crisp either hot or cold. To remove any peach fuzz, you can rub the washed peach gently with a paper towel.

Serving Size: Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
Recipe yields 6 servings.

Nutrition information per serving.

  • Calories 200
  • Total fat 4.5 grams
  • Saturated fat 1 gram
  • Trans fat 1 gram
  • Cholesterol 0 milligrams
  • Sodium 30 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrate 40 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 3 grams
  • Sugars 22 grams
  • Protein 3 grams

Freebie: Download Peach Crisp Recipe in PDF

Fall Recipe Cards Free

Fall Recipe Cards Free

Fall is upon us – or darn close. In my neck of the woods it’s so chilly right now it feels like Halloween! That got me in the mood for some fall goodies and what is better than a fun fall freebie?

So… I have a couple of fall recipe cards free you can download right now and use as wish. Print as many as you’d like. Digital cards are great to have on hand. Spill something on one and you can print a fresh new copy right away.

The cards are in PDF files. Each PDF file is one page and contains two cards. So one page of paper will print out two cards each time you print it. It is recommended that you use card stock for the best results, but certainly any kind of paper you wish to use is fine.

The first blank recipe card – no lines – is adorned with a pumpkin and falling leaves and a soft autumn orange color.

The second is also in pretty fall colors with a fall “harvest” at the top featuring a pumpkin in the middle.

Both cards are totally free to download. Just click on the image of the one you’d like. Grab them both!

Fall Recipe Card One: Fall Blank Recipe Card: Pumpkins

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Fall Recipe Card – Pumpkin

 

Fall Recipe Card Two: Pumpkin Harvest

Fall Recipe Cards Free Pumpkin Harvest
Fall Recipe Card Pumpkin Harvest

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  • Thanksgiving Recipe Collection – Fill up some of these cards with our healthier version of popular Thanksgiving recipes!
  • Halloween Recipes  – Fun and healthier Halloween treats for you and the kids in your life (of all ages!) Freebie Hint: Check out Witches Brew for another free recipe card, already filled in with the recipe.

Free Picnic Invitations

Free Picnic Invitations

Free picnic invitations you can download and print and keep for those yearly picnic outings.

Picnics can be a healthy family affair, a fun daytime outing with friends, or right in your own backyard. Commune with mother nature, get a good dose of fresh air and sunshine and enjoy the companionship and fun of a relaxed meal. All with a simple picnic.

When enjoying a picnic, you do want to make sure everyone stays healthy. In other words, you don’t want your picnic food to go bad. Check our article Picnic Pleasure on tips to achieve a food-safe picnic for all.

We also share some tips on Packing for a Picnic. Complete with ideas and tips for your picnics food feast.

Last but not least, you may also want to check out Picnic Pleasure: Then and Now. Whatever your reason for a picnic, it’s the the spirit, not the food, that makes a picnic special.

Free Picnic Invitations

To help you get your picnic plans off and running, we’re giving away a PDF of picnic invitations. The first page is the front of the free picnic invitation and the second page, the back. If you have a double sided printer and are familiar with using this feature, simply use the double-sided option and both sides will print.

No double sided printed? No problem! Simply print page one, turn your paper according to your printer’s specs and print the back of the free picnic invitation. You’ll get two invitations per page. Print as many as you need or want, keep the file for future use or share with friends and family.

It’s truly a total freebie. We haven’t done a Friday freebie in a while, so we’re putting the free picnic invitation into the Friday Freebie category, even though we’re a few hours early.

Hope you enjoy – and make use of – the free picnic invitations, because picnics can be a healthy, wholesome event for kids of all ages!

Download Your Free Picnic Invitations

Simply click the picture below. This image is the front of the invitation. The back of the free picnic invitation is beneath the front image.

Free Picnic Invitations
Free Picnic Invitations

 

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Back of Free Picnic Invitations

Frosty Fruity Favs

Frosty Fruity Favs for Summertime Treats

Following are some of our most popular refreshing, frosty fruity favs and even a slushy for healthful and cooling summertime treats. I’ve also added a recipe card image if you’d care to download and print that way. Click on each “card” for a larger, crisper copy.

Chocolate Banana Pops Recipe

Servings: 8 bananas
Prep Time: 10 minutes

4 ripe, firm bananas, peeled and cut into half crosswise
1-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or white chocolate
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup toppings such as chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, grated coconut, etc.

Insert stick into the cut end of each banana.
Freeze banana for 1 hour or until solid.
Melt chocolate in microwave or over hot water.
Stir in vegetable oil until mixture is satiny and smooth.
Dip frozen bananas into chocolate, coating all sides.
Place toppings on a flat plate. Roll coated bananas over toppings. Serve.

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Frosty Fruity Favs Chocolate Banana Pops Recipe Card
Chocolate Banana Pops Recipe Card

Easy Strawberry Frost

1 cup egg whites
6 ounces cold water or non fat milk
1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Blend at slow speed for 20 seconds.
Add one-half cup frozen strawberries.
Blend at high speed for one minute. Enjoy!

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Frosty Fruit Favs Easy Strawberry Frost
Easy Strawberry Frost Recipe Card

Fruit Slushy Recipe

1 serving

Quick and easy, and addictively delicious, this is a great, easy to make snack recipe for kids.

1 tablespoon chia seeds
1-1/2 cup cool water, coconut water, or juice of choice
1/2 to 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice
1/3 cup fat free evaporated milk
Spiced bananas, orange sections or cubed angel food cake

Add all ingredients to a blend and liquefy using the most powerful setting. Blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

Customize! You can use a blend of different fruits or stick to one kind. The possibilities are almost endless.

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Frosty Fruit Favs Fruit Slushy Recipe Card
Fruit Slushy Recipe Card

Pomegranate Frost Recipe

Serves 6

Ice cubes
1-1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1-1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup each fresh lemon juice and fresh lime juice
1 bottle sparkling water
8 finely shredded mint leaves

Fill a pitcher half-full with ice cubes. Add the pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, lemon juice,

lime juice, 1-1/ cup sparkling water and the shredded mint; stir until well mixed.

Fill six tall glasses with ice. Pour the mixture into the glasses and serve immediately.

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Frosty Fruit Favs Pomegranate Frost Recipe Card
Pomegranate Frost Recipe Card

Fruit Shake

Here’s a fruit shake that’s simple, fast and yummy. Also very filling in
the morning.

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup (approx.) frozen strawberries

Blend all ingredients in the blender. The frozen fruit makes it thick; there is
no need for ice. Try experimenting with different juices and fruits.

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Whimsical Free Easter Graphics

Free Easter Graphics – An Easter Freebie!

A small but fun, whimsical collection of free Easter Graphics – sixteen in all. You can use these on any project you create. Cards, envelopes, documents, image enhancements, etc.

Included are Easter chicks, Easter eggs, Easter baskets & Easter bunnies!

These can be used on your print projects or for online use.

A simple, free image editor will re-size them nicely to suit your needs.

Totally free, use as you wish, but please, do NOT attempt to re-sell.

File size: 10MB, ZIP format

Download the Free Easter Graphics
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Quick Pizza Recipe

Super-simple and super fast to whip up, this pizza is great for those hectic days when you want something homemade but don’t have the time to fuss. Make it healthy by adding your favorite vegetable toppings and using reduced fat cheese.

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Quick Pizza Recipe

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Quick Pizza Recipe: Top a pre-baked pizza crust with plenty of diced tomatoes, sliced fresh basil and shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese and anything else you have on hand you think you’d enjoy on your pizza. Bake as directed on package or until the cheese melts and pizza is hot.

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Triscuit Crackers
Triscuit Crackers

Here’s another idea for a super-quick pizza-inspired snack!

Top Triscuit Crackers with spaghetti sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with dried oregano leaves.

Microwave 12 at a time on high, 45 to 50 seconds or until cheese melts.

Variation: Add a dash of hot popper sauce before warming in the microwave.

Another Quick Pizza Recipe: Mini Mexican Pizzas

For quick and easy appetizer pizzas, top a whole-wheat tortilla with Cheddar reduced fat shredded cheese. Heat to melt cheese and top with salsa. To crank up your calcium, serve with a zesty yogurt dip. Mix plain yogurt, taco seasoning, cilantro and fresh tomatoes.

A Bit of Pizza History

The Ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese. The Romans developed placenta. This was a sheet of flour topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves. Finally, modern pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomato. In 1889, cheese was added.

Foods similar to pizza have been prepared since the 6th Century BC, when it is said that Persian soldiers baked flat bread covered with cheese and dates on their shields.

Pizza Trimming Tips

Choose thin-crust instead of thick-crust pizza. Ask for less cheese, and choose low-fat toppings such as onions, mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, and other vegetables.

Easy Potato Salad Recipe

Whip Up a Batch of Easy Potato Salad

Another potato salad recipe? Yep! Yes, there are as many variations to potato salad recipes as there are to pizza. But let’s face it, some take quite a bit of preparation time. The following potato salad recipe whips up quickly and tastes as if you fussed.

The secret is in Italian dressing. The wonderful blend of herbs and seasonings in Italian dressing add a whole lot of taste in very little time. Everyone has their favorite, but we prefer Wish Bone Italian Dressing. The offer a fat free variety, too. (Disclosure. We have NO affiliation with Wish Bone whatsoever.)

From the Wish Bone web site:

Want a really robust, full-flavored dressing? Try our improved Wish Bone Italian salad dressing, bursting with more herbs and spices. We took our original famous Italian salad dressing recipe, already filled with Italian herbs and spices, and then we packed it full of even more herbs, seasonings and flavors for an extra zesty boost of flavor you’ll love! No high fructose corn syrup.

Easy Potato Salad Recipe

Cook four, 5-inch peeled and quartered russet potatoes in water until tender, about 20 minutes. Cool.

Slice potatoes into a container and toss with 1/2 cup bottled Italian dressing. Refrigerate one to 24 hours. This allows the flavors to meld.

Before serving, toss with 1/4 cup  mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons sliced green onions and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. If your potato salad seems a bit dry, add a little more mayonnaise.

Note: To keep fat intake low, use reduced fat or fat free Italian Dressing and reduced fat mayonnaise.

Speedy Tip: You can also cook the potatoes in the microwave. Place them in a circle in your microwave. Cook on high for 8 minutes. Using a hot pad, turn each potato over. Cook on high another 8 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Let cool a while before slicing.

Free Printable Easy Potato Salad Recipe Card

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Easy Potato Salad Recipe Card
Easy Potato Salad Recipe Printable Card

Motivation for Weight Loss Goals

Dedication and Motivation for Weight Loss Goals

There is a psychological factor that comes into play when you’re trying to lose weight. We like to compare it to the “rah rah“ factor that you often need to succeed in sports.

Look at your weight loss goals as your own personal sporting event. Just as you need to know the rules of the game as well as the basics of performing that game in sports, you also need the right information regarding your diet to make it effective.

When you have all the tools you need, you can become an excellent performer in almost anything you try in life. One of these tools is the right frame of mind.

The right frame of mind will give you motivation, commitment, and the skills you need to overcome the obstacles that you might face along with temptations and distractions.

When you have the right psychological attitude toward your weight loss goals, you will make your weight loss can be a bit of fun, an easier task to achieve, and give you the ability to develop changes towards a healthier lifestyle that will stay with you forever.

Your mindset controls your behavior, actions, and thoughts. As people grow, they develop habits and associations that govern their life. Most of these habits are controlled by our sub-conscious and we are generally unaware of them. However, your subconscious could also sabotage your efforts – also while you unaware of them.

This is detrimental to weight loss goals.

Positively Dedicate Yourself to Your Weight Loss Goals!

The right mindset entails using various techniques and strategies to control your behavior by monitoring your thoughts and actions. When you obtain this mindset, you will be better equipped to replace the old habits and associations that formed your thinking in the first place with new and more positive habits that will enable you to lose weight and be happier while you do so!

Setting your weight loss goalsPut Yourself in the Right Mindset

Developing the correct mindset doesn’t occur overnight. It take a little bit of effort, but in the end, it is well worth the time and effort expended. You will have to monitor your progress and behavior. Sometimes it will be easy, at other times, it won’t. The good news is that there are some easy ways to begin to put yourself into the right mindset.

  1. Write your weight loss goals down. Tell yourself what weight you want to get to. While you’re at it, write down any other personal goals you might have as far as your life in general. Since you’re undertaking something as huge as losing your extra weight, you may as well also focus your efforts on improving other aspects of your life while you have the motivation and drive.
  2. Be specific about what those goals are. When you generalize your goals, you are trivializing them. Your weight loss goals are important. Make them important!
  3. Assign yourself a deadline. You want to lose weight. You want to do it by Christmas, or your wedding, or the next class reunion. When you assign a deadline, you give yourself a goal to work for, and like we said, your weight loss goals are important!
  4. Make those goals measurable and achievable. Don’t try to undertake more than what you are capable of. If you need to lose 100 pounds, don’t expect to do it in a few weeks. Give yourself enough time to do it in a healthy manner. You could also try to break your weight loss goals down into easier increments. Tell yourself that you will lose 10 pounds over the next month. Then tell yourself the same thing the next
    month. Eventually, you’ll reach that goal and feel the satisfaction of being pounds lighter than you were before.
  5. Focus on those goals everyday. Post them on your refrigerator. Write them in your date book. Put a reminder on the visor of your car. When you focus on your weight loss goals, you will keep them in mind all the time. When they are first and foremost in your mind, you will be well on the way toward achieving them.
  6. Be committed to those weight loss goals. There’s a reason why you want to achieve those goals. When you are committed, your weight loss goals become the focus of your mind and they will be much easier to realize.

Set Your Weight Loss Goals

Developing a psychology towards weight loss will help you achieve you goals and realize success. Aim high, push yourself to become the type of person you want to be and live the life that you want and deserve. We are not given the power of dreams without the power and ability to achieve those dreams.

Download our free Goal Setting Worksheet!

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15 Holiday Weight Loss Tips

Keep Those Fat Cells From Making It On To Your Christmas List This Year with 15 Free Holiday Weight Loss Tips!

No Other Time During The Year Are You More Susceptible To Gaining Weight Than During The Winter Holidays.  Cold Weather plus Calorie Packed Foods Equals Weight Gain

15 Holiday Weight Loss Tips eBook – It’s a Freebie with NO CATCH!

15 Holiday Weight Loss Tips
15 Holiday Weight Loss Tips

 

Did you know that every single year the average person gains anywhere from one to three pounds just from attending parties? That is because parties always food a plenty!  Even though one to three extra pounds doesn’t seem like a lot of weight gain, it is precisely the smaller weight gain amounts that are the most difficult to lose once you put them on. Why not keep them off from the very start?

We can call it, weight gain prevention. While it might be a little tough, it’s no where near as difficult as losing the pounds once they find a home on your hips.

These traditional tips were created with staying power in mind. So no matter if you put them into action this year, or five years from now the results will always be the same.  In fact, these tips are so usable, that they can be incorporated into your every day life even when there are no celebrations going on!

Are you brave enough to take control of your eating habits? Find out free – we’re giving the tips to you in  a simple PDF document just because we want to help YOU. No gimmicks. No catch. No sales pitch. Just a free eBook with 15 holiday weight loss tips you can start practicing today.

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125 Ways to Save on Food

125 Ways to Save on Food

A great list of 125 ways to save on food. Tips cover everything from buying fruits to meats, using coupons and getting back into the kitchen to do your own cooking.

Friday Freebie: We’ve made this into a nice PDF document for you to download. Feel free to share – but leave intact, please! We’ve also posted the list because we know some just don’t care to download. We hope you find the tips useful!

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Save on Food: Plan

Plan Shopping to Save on Food
Plan Shopping to Save on Food

1. Take time to plan your meals and make a grocery list. This usually takes less time than the time spent going back to the store for a forgotten item.

2. Keep paper and pencil in the kitchen to list foods you need.

3. Check kitchen cabinets and refrigerator when making your grocery list.

4. Before going to the grocery store, plan a weekly menu of favorite dishes using healthy foods.

5. Plan some meals without meat. Use dried beans, eggs, or peanut butter as a main dish.

6. Read the weekly food section and check the Sunday newspaper to see what is on sale.

7. Plan your meals to use seasonal foods such as oranges in the winter and peaches in the summer.

8. Finish your grocery list before going shopping. The best memory does not substitute for a well planned list.

9. Use a grocery list to help manage your stress. For example, do you really like to strain your coffee through a paper towel when you are out of filters?

Save on Food When You Shop

Save on Food When You Shop
Save on Food When You Shop

10. Shop only once a week. The more trips to the store, the more money you spend. It is hard to purchase only a few items on any trip to the grocery store.

11. Keep in mind that items from convenience stores often cost more.

12. Pick the grocery store with the best prices for foods you buy.

13. Think of mileage. Shopping at many stores may not be worth the extra time and gasoline cost.

14. Check out dollar stores. Canned fruit and snack crackers can be purchased here cheaply.

15. Find a local farmers’ market. Fruits and vegetables tend to be fresher and cheaper.

16. Purchase foods at discount stores such as food cooperatives or warehouse food stores.

17. Look for grocery stores that offer extra savings on “Seniors Day.”

18. Find stores with super food sales during special times such as “Friday and Saturday Blow-out Sales” or “10 Items for $10.”

19. Know when to stick to the shopping list. The only time to go off the list is when you can get a good buy such as store sales and double coupon offers.

20. Know when not to use the list. Take the farmers’ market approach with fruits and vegetables. Buy what is fresh, cheap, and in season. Adjust your menu to fit these finds.

21. Don’t go down every aisle when you shop.

22. Do not shop when you are hungry because you will buy extra food. Better yet, have a small snack before shopping so you won’t buy a candy bar at checkout.

23. Shop without your children. Unwanted items can creep into the cart with too many “helping hands.” Take turns with a friend for child care. It’s kinder to fellow shoppers, too.

24. Shop early when the store is not crowded. You will get through the store faster and spend less.

25. Shop when you are not in a hurry. Take the time to compare the price of similar foods and purchase the cheapest. For example, which is cheaper, fruit cocktail or pears? Would it be cheaper to buy an item fresh, frozen, or dried? Here’s an example:

Lite Fruit Cocktail

3 cans fruit cocktail, lite syrup (12 to 13 ounces)
1 can pineapple chunks, lite syrup (12 to 13 ounces)
1 can sliced peaches in lite syrup(12 to 13 ounces)
1 package (16 ounces) fat free, sugar free vanilla pudding mix

Directions:
Open all the cans of fruit, drain liquid. Pour into large serving bowl, mix in pudding mix. Stir well, chill several hours

26. Bring only the cash you have budgeted to the store. Decide how much you can spend weekly. Bring only that amount with you so you will
not be tempted to spend more money.

27. Avoid buying sample foods. Some stores offer “try something new” samples to get you to buy the food. If the food is not on your list, do not buy it. Think about it for a future list when you can use the food in your menus.

Buy Purchasing Food Items

28. Upon entering the grocery store, check store flyer for sale items and stock up!

29. In place of national brands, buy store brands when the taste and quality suit your needs. Compare brands!

30. Compare the unit price of food items. The cost per ounce or per pound helps find the best value.

31. Check the unit price of different size containers of the same food. The largest container is not always the cheapest.

32. Buy items by-the-case to save a lot of money. Make sure you have storage space for the food items. You can save on food a LOT this way.

33. When buying large amounts of food, split the food and cost with a friend. You both will save on food money.

34. When available, buy bulk foods for about 2 weeks at a time.

35. Avoid buying large amounts of foods that will go bad quickly. Spoiled food is a waste of money.

36. Buy family packs of meats, cheese, poultry, and luncheon meats. Divide into servings, freeze, and use as needed.

37. Buy foods in season to save on food money. When fruits and vegetables ripen, grocery stores are loaded with these low-cost fruits and vegetables. You will find something year-round that is in season, which makes it affordable.

38. Smaller-sized fruits and vegetables may be cheaper than larger ones.

39. Instead of buying canned fruits and vegetables in large pieces, buy these foods canned in smaller pieces.For example, pineapple chunks and diced tomatoes usually cost less than pineapple rings and whole tomatoes.

40. For best buys of healthy foods, stock up on fruit juices, milk, grits, peanut butter cookies, and popcorn for snacks. Avoid junk foods.

41. Avoid buying single servings of such foods as snack crackers, vegetable juice, and ice cream.

42. Avoid buying foods packaged together, such as cheese and crackers, meat and cheese trays, and frozen garlic cheese bread, when you can buy the items separately for less.

43. When shopping for food, buy non-food items only if you have extra money for them.

44. Check sell by and use by dates to be sure you buy fresh foods.

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45. Be careful when using coupons.

46. If you can save on food 25 or 50 cents off the price of something you already use, go for it.

47. To use coupons, you usually have to go to a common supermarket, so watch your prices carefully.

48. You can usually buy a food item cheaper at a discount store than you can buy it with a coupon at a big supermarket.

49. If you use a coupon to buy an item you do not need and would not have bought otherwise, you will be spending money you could have spent somewhere else.

50. In the store, use point-of-purchase coupons if the food item fits into your meal plan.

51. Take advantage of manufacturer’s rebates by mailing in coupons.

52. Bottom line? Use coupons when they will help you save on food, but do not become a coupon junkie.

Track

53. Know the regular prices of items you usually buy. A sale will then be easy to spot.

54. Make a cheat sheet so you will know what you usually pay for an item that you use a lot.

55. Remember the trick is to buy on the markdowns. You don’t have to change your habits. Just buy when items are at low cost.

56. Sometimes, “buy one, get one free” is not a lot cheaper because the cost of the first item is too much.

57. Make sure all purchases are rung up correctly.

58. Use itemized food receipts when checking out to help track food costs.

59. Divide grocery bill into food and nonfood items to get the cost of food. To make it easy, separate food items and nonfood items when checking out.

60. Compare prices of nonfood items at the grocery store with the same item at a discount store.

Choose Bargains to Save on Food

61. Give those grocery shelves the once-over. Grocery stores put items they most want to sell on the shelves between knee and shoulder height. The highest markup items are the ones about chest level. These are easy to grab and toss in the cart.

62. Stick to the edges. In general, the healthier, less processed foods are at the edges of the grocery store. These foods –  fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat — are healthy and also save on food by going further in the kitchen.

63. Check the clearance section of the grocery store for items such as soap, cereal, and household products. These
items may be piled in shopping carts throughout the store. Only buy if you know it is a good deal. Do not buy cans with dents.

64. Shop when the store opens to find the marked down meats. You must come early because the meats get snapped up quickly. Either cook the meat and eat it the same day or freeze it for later use.

65. Shop for meats carefully. Bones and fat on meat cost a lot of money. It is hard to compare prices of meats with bones and extra fat.

66. Use leftover meats for sandwiches instead of buying packaged sandwich meats.

67. Buy day old bread from the quick sale table or, if available, a bakery outlet. Toast or freeze it for good eating.

68. Buy plain breads and cereals. They are usually better buys than fancy breads and cereals.

69. Buy regular rice. It is usually a better buy than quick cooking rice or fancy rice blends.

70. Quick cooking oatmeal and grits are less expensive and almost as fast as the single serving instant cereals.

71. Buy a head of lettuce and wash it instead of buying lettuce in a bag.

72. Look over all fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are paying full price, make sure all perishable foods are in top shape.

73. Ignore the checkout display. This is the store’s last attempt to take your money. Consider checking out magazines at the library. If you ate a snack before shopping, you will be able to resist buying a candy bar.

Keep Food Safe

74. In the grocery store, shop for cold items last. These are frozen vegetables, meats, dairy products, and salad bar ingredients.

75. Try to get cold foods packed together in a bag when checking out. To make it easy, place all meats together, all frozen foods together, and all dairy foods together. When these foods are sacked together, they are easy to spot when you get home.

76. Lessen the time foods are in the car. Keep perishables out of direct sunlight or out of a hot trunk.

77. Put foods away quickly when you get home. Find grocery sacks with the cold items that need to be refrigerated first.

78. Examine bags of potatoes, onions, and fruits. Throw out bad ones. Store potatoes and onions in a cool, dry place. Store fruits and other vegetables in the refrigerator.

79. Go through kitchen cabinets regularly to make sure canned and packaged foods are used before expiration dates. Save on food by not wasting it!

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80. Make large amounts of recipes that freeze well such as spaghetti sauce, chili, and soups. Label and freeze them for later use.

81. Recycle the roast! Purchase a large roast on sale. Cook and eat some of it the first night. Freeze the rest for later. You not only save on food, you save on gas or electricity for cooking!

82. Cook a whole chicken and use for more than one meal.

83. Stretch ground meat with bread crumbs, oatmeal, or tomato sauce.

84. Bake more than one item while the oven is hot. Your can cook the main dish, dessert, vegetables, quick breads, or other foods at the same time if they are to be cooked at the same temperature.

85. Do not leave food in the oven overnight. Cooked foods, such as meats, could make you very sick when left at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

86. For drinking, use nutritious, low cost instant nonfat dry milk. Thoroughly chill it before drinking for better taste.

87. For cooking, use dry milk in place of the more expensive regular milk. Store the box of powdered milk in a large baggie in the freezer. Keep a measuring cup in the plastic bag to make mixing easy.

88. To make milk go twice as far, mix an equal part of instant nonfat dry milk made by the directions with an equal amount of regular milk.

89. Make your own mixes for biscuits, pancakes, and other prepared foods. Already prepared mixes sometimes cost a lot more than homemade mixes.

90. If you are unable to eat ripe bananas right away, use them in a muffin recipe. Or freeze the entire banana in the peel for later use. A frozen banana turns black and looks gross but it is safe. You can also peel and mash the bananas prior to freezing.

91. Make extra pancakes. Wrap separately, freeze, and reheat in a toaster or microwave.

92. Save bread ends and crusts. Toast them when baking something else. Crush to make bread crumbs; store in the freezer.

93. Make desserts from scratch. You can save on food BIG. They are usually cheaper than store-bought ones.

94. Make iced tea from scratch. Pre-made iced tea in jugs is expensive; iced tea in bottles is even more expensive.

95. Use a toaster oven, if you have one, when only a small amount is to be baked.

96. Use an electric skillet, if you have one, to bake a chicken or roast or to make spaghetti sauce. It is easy to drain the fat from meat — just tilt the skillet slightly.

97. Choose home popped popcorn for a snack. It is less expensive than microwave popcorn and much cheaper than chips. Hint: Use an electric skillet for popping. Store leftover popcorn in an airtight plastic bag.

98. Make tasty salads using leftover vegetables, fruit, meat, or cereal.

99. Keep a “soup container” in the freezer. Add all vegetable liquids as well as leftover meats and vegetables to create a delicious soup or stew for next to nothing.

100. Make casseroles to use leftovers and to offer new foods to your family.

101. Make foods from scratch (homemade). It can be cheaper (and healthier) than store bought, convenience items. We have tons of recipes to get you started.

102. Make sure convenience foods are good buys. Some good buys are canned vegetables and frozen juice. Others, such as ready made pudding, may cost a lot more.

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103. Grow your own fruits and vegetables.

104. Grow herbs in a flowerpot or in a windowsill container.

105. Pick fruits and vegetables at U-pick farms.

106. Can or freeze fruits and vegetables in the summer when they are plentiful. Use them in the winter.

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107. Waste less. Use all food before it spoils.

108. Store foods correctly. Poor storage can cause dried out, stale, or molded food.

109. Plan for using leftovers.

110. Brown Bag your lunch at work instead of buying it.

111. Avoid vending machines. Pack similar items at home in small bags and bring drinks bought by the case.

112. Put together a snack bag of easy-to-eat items to enjoy in the car or at games.

113. Plan snacks for kids. Carrot sticks are cheaper than candy bars.

114. Entertain with potlucks or inexpensive buffets, such as lasagna and salads.

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115. Limit eating out. Regardless of the fast food advertisements, it does cost a lot of money.

116. To save gas money, park the car and walk inside to order. You get a little exercise too!

117. Do not upgrade or super size your order. You are only super sizing your bill and your waistline.

118. When ordering, think smaller. It is not a value meal if you are paying for more than you want.

119. Do not load up on side dishes. Share the fries and you will save money and calories too.

120. Order ice water. It is usually free. To make it tastier, order it with lemon.

121. Eat dessert at home. Dessert is one of the most marked-up items on the menu.

122. If eating in, order the smallest size beverage or even a kid size cup. Most fast food places offer free refills.

123. Look between the buns. The patties are usually very small and the vegetables look limp. Your homemade burgers will look better and, even with the vegetables, be cheaper.

124. Cooking extra and freezing the remainder at home is just as convenient as going to the drive through.

125. Do not forget your pet. The Styrofoam containers that burgers and entrees are packed in make excellent pet dishes. Just wipe out and take home. Cut the top and bottom apart for two dishes -one for the cat and one for the dog. Toss them out when the edges get worn.