The Clearance Aisle and being Flexible
When you hit any store the first stop should be the clearance or reduce aisle. You can score many good deals here and keep your grocery budget at a minimum. Most people believe that saving money comes with using store sales and coupons. And that is the main way to keep your grocery budget on track. However the clearance aisle and reduced areas can make your nightly dinners and desserts an even better deal.
At a local orchard I found a 3-pound bags of limes for just $1.39, the bag had 12 limes in it. Now normally in my area if you are lucky you can get 4 limes for $1.39 but normally they are more like 2 for $1. I had no idea what I would do with them but for that price I knew I would figure it out. I made a fantastic Lime Curd. This recipe made almost 5 Cups of Lime Curd. Even with all the other ingredients it cost roughly $2 to make. Considering a 10-ounce jar of Lime Curd is almost $5, that is quite a savings.
Another great deal is day old bread. This can make great croutons or bread crumbs. I recently found day old French Bread at Walmart marked down to 96¢ a loaf. I bought 2 to make my own bread crumbs out of. I will make one into plain Bread crumbs and one into seasoned bread crumbs. This may not be a significant saving to buying them but they will certainly taste better.
Produce is generally marked down and reduced for quick sale. Bagged salads, lettuce, tomatoes, and more can be bought to make salads. Maybe you didn’t plan on making salads for dinner but by being flexible with your menu will help keep your grocery bill in check as well. When you shop with an open mind the only thing that it leads to is great savings.