Probably one of the easiest ways to save on your grocery bill is to make sure that you use everything you buy, and not let things go to waste. I recently had some left over cream in the fridge and decided to make a quick potato bake to make use of it. This made for a tasty but simple side dish, the prep probably only took about 10 minutes and the cream got used! In actual fact I only had about 200mls of cream so I substituted a little milk to make up the difference, and it turned out just fine. We had the potato bake with some baked chicken wings and salad and it all turned out to be a delicious but very frugal meal. One of the large butchers in town periodically has chicken wings on sale for $1.49 per kilo, so I stock up on 5 or 6 kilos, bag them into 1 kilo bags and freeze them. After thawing them I cut them into wingettes, coat them with GF flour, pour a little GF bbq sauce over them and bake them in the oven for an hour.
Buying meat in bulk when it is on sale is a great way to slash your grocery bill. It takes a little bit of practice to get used to not just shopping for the week, but with practice you can make substantial savings by thinking in terms of months or longer. When I first started to change my grocery buying I began to budget an amount for the month and kept all the receipts to keep track of my spending. Once I had this down, I worked on getting used to having a grocery goal for the quarter. This way it is no problem if I want to stock up on meat and spend $200 at one time. You would be surprised how willing your local butcher will be to negotiate a bulk price on meat. I have worked out a deal to buy wonderful lean, grass fed beef mince at a great price. So with a little effort and thought you can make a huge difference to the amount your family spends on groceries.
Easy Potato Bake Recipe
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
- 300 ml cream
- 100 gm tasty cheese, grated
- Place peeled and sliced potatoes in a greased casserole dish
- Layer alternate layers of onion and potatoes
- Pour over cream
- Sprinkle grated cheese over the top
- Bake at 180 C / 350 F for 1 ½ hours or until cooked through