The bad thing about buying food as of late is that the products’ prices aren’t only increasing, but the sizes of many items are decreasing! This means that some food producers are getting us coming and going!
Now I’m no dietician, physician, health therapist, health nut or whatever you want to call them, but I know how to save a buck when the situation calls for it. And here is how I’m biting back against soaring prices and shrinking sizes of some foods.
Condiment Refresher Course
From jams and jellies to ketchups, mustards, sweet and sour sauce, barbeque sauce, taco sauce, sugars, sweeteners, powdered creamers, and more, there are a variety of free condiments and additives that many of us bypass in our daily outings.
While I don’t eat out or grab fast food all that often, I’ve still managed to accumulate a large number of small condiment packages comprised of almost all the items listed above. It seems like the drive thru window person always dumps in a handful of extra ketchups or taco sauces in the bag or that there is a couple of jellies we don’t use with our breakfast sandwiches.
Keeping and making use of such items is a great way to keep from having to buy them at the store or at least make due until your next shopping excursion, saving you gas on an extra trip to the store or having to buy a certain item when it’s not on sale.
Shakin’ with Bacon
You might find bacon a strange item for this list, but I’ll tell you why I’ve added it. Bacon is expensive these days, which means that when I buy it, I’m going to get all I can out of it.
Now don’t recoil in terror right away when I say this, but I save the drippings from the cooked bacon in a container. This idea came by way of my mother, and I have to say, it does save me on butter and margarine costs, which I’ve also noticed rising quite significantly as of late.
When I make fried rice or cook eggs for breakfast, I often use a bit of leftover bacon grease to literally grease the pan. And while I’m not sure which is worse for you, butter, margarine or bacon grease, in my opinion, the flavor added by way of the bacon grease is a heck of a lot better than most other options, and I find that it is great for making cooking surfaces “non-stick.”
Now You’re Cookin’ With Butter — or Not
Now if you’re not willing to or can’t use bacon grease for certain dishes or recipes, using butter might be necessary. But as I mentioned, butter has been pretty pricey lately.
Personally, I used to be just fine with margarine and its taste — as well as its price. Then my wife and her family, who always use real butter, came along and ruined me for life. However, while I still like real butter on toast or dishes where I can actually taste it, but for recipes involving large amounts of the stuff like cookies or cakes, where it gets mixed in with all the other ingredients or when just greasing a pan or saut©ing something (when I’m not using my bacon grease), my wallet and I are just fine with substituting margarine.
This is probably where I’ve noticed one of the biggest jumps in prices and cuts in sizes at the store lately. Coffee prices seemed to have shot through the roof while their container sizes appear to have shrunk significantly.
Therefore, I’ve taken drastic action. While I haven’t necessarily curbed my coffee habit too much — although maybe I should — I have been able to stretch my coffee dollar a bit. Beyond the typical buying in bulk when on sale and using coupons, I’ve started brewing pots every other day, warming cold coffee in the microwave on off days in order to reduce waste and conserve not only coffee grounds, but filters as well.
While I’ve yet to become so desperate as to start trying to re-brew old grounds, we’ll see what happens if prices continue to rise or if coffee canisters soon start to take on the size of canned vegetables.
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