Preparing to purchase some produce, meats, starches, can goods…

You may live alone perhaps you are not married, widowed, college student, graduate student. My practices and suggestions will help numerous people. It is not gender based, marital status, age, none of those things matter in the planning of shopping, stocking up on goods and cooking healthy meals on a budget! Stocking or restocking the pantry, refrigerator with necessities. All purpose flour is used often but I prefer Self-rising because you will not need baking soda, baking powder, thus self-rising flour in the end is more economical. Granulated sugar usually a 4 pound bag will last several weeks, even if using for sweet desserts, morning coffee, smoothies, various non-alcoholic beverages. Tea bags (again using your local Dollar General Store or Walmart is cheaper on teas) and regular ground coffee (any brand) will work for an automatic coffee maker. If you have a 12 cup automatic coffee maker the better. I have recipes for using leftover morning coffee. If you are not a coffee drinker this will not apply to you. Using an off brand may taste bitter however, if you add a few dashes of iodized salt to the grounds before brewing you will be amazed at the results! You do not need Maxwell House, Folgers, etc. These varieties tend to be higher in cost. When you are on a budget every cent saved will go toward another purchase. When looking in the produce Department check the store weekly sale ads. I stay away from pre-packaged lettuce or mixed greens, per ounce they are much more costly. For a salad; iceberg lettuce is usually on sale and can be used and stored for 2 weeks. I will teach you how to do that. Only buy one cucumber, one tomato, one bunch of scallions, one onion, several potatoes in any given week. A bag of carrots (one pound) can make several different dishes. I will show you how to do that very easily. One bag of rice brown or white, one box elbow or bowtie pasta, spaghetti, check what is on sale and what is your particular favorite type of pasta. Many dishes can be made from one pound box of elbow noodle/pasta. Beans – black beans, white beans, pork and beans, kidney beans can all be used in several recipes. One favorite of mine is a package of flour tortillas (white, yellow or wheat) they come in different sizes 5″, 7″, 8″ and can be used for main course meals, desserts (yes in desserts), in wrap sandwiches, soft tacos, many uses. Until the next post. I wish you “Good Health” cheffie cooks easy…

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