Save your money for more important things…like more food.
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Keep ice cream soft in a sealable bag.
May your ice cream never get freezer burn again.
Look at the top and bottom shelves at the grocery store — the eye-level ones stock the priciest stuff.
Grocery stores put more expensive items on the shelves we see first, so look up and down to spot the deals.
Buy chicken in family packs, drop the extras into sealable bags with marinade, and freeze.
Promising review: “The tenders are still attached to the breast, and it is of equal quality to any chicken I've ever bought at the store. I just bought more at close to the same great price. I got this chicken at almost half the price of my local store's sale price, for boneless chicken breast. Nice!” –Toby
Check out 16 Chicken Marinades That'll Change Your Meal Prep Game
or Tasty's Freezer Pack-Marinated Chicken 4 Ways for more dinner inspiration.
Use the microwave to dry leftover herbs or keep fresh herbs longer with an herb saver.
You're never going to use all of that parsley before it starts it wilt. To preserve its color and flavor, place the herbs between two paper towels and microwave it for a minute or so. Get more info from Serious Eats.
Get the herb saver from Walmart for $13.12.
Or store delicate herbs in cups of water, cover them with plastic wrap, secure with a rubber band, and refrigerate.
Use this trick on cilantro and parsley, and they'll stay crisp for a week or longer.
If your buttermilk is about to expire, use an ice cube tray to salvage the leftovers.
No more throwing away spoiled buttermilk! Get the full hack from Rachel Schultz. Try an easy-release ice cube tray for even easier cubes, and put that ice cube tray to good use with 23 Genius Ways To Use An Ice Cube Tray.
Promising review: “This was just what I was looking for. I can push out the individual cubes one by one, rather than use some and throw away the rest. Good quality. Makes the right sized ice cube too.” –Kristyn S
Get it from Jet for $3.30.
Try a money-saving app like favado, which compares the prices of your shopping list across local stores.
Get notified when new sale prices for your favorite items are added to local stores so you can know before you go.
Avoid the inner aisles at the grocery store and you won’t spend as much money.
Grocery stores place essential ingredients —like dairy and produce— on opposite ends of the store so that you're forced to pass through all the aisles and buy more stuff you don't need. Don't get distracted. Go in with a plan and shop the perimeter!
Grate your own cheese with a sturdy cheese grater.
Just like with pre-packaged lettuce, grated cheese costs extra $$$ for the convenience. Grate a large hunk of cheese and keep it in a container in the fridge for easy sprinkling.
Promising review: “It is nice and sturdy, well-made. I really like the rubber on the bottom that keeps it from sliding around. I like the curved shape of it too, and the fact that the surface areas are larger than others I have. It is much nicer than either of the two box graters I had before. I will probably discard them shortly. So far it is exactly what I wanted.” –yourdestiny
Get it from Walmart for $9.99.
Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in aluminum foil before storing in the fridge.
It’ll stay crisp for 4 weeks or more. Learn how from Brooklyn Farm Girl.
Get it from Walmart for $3.87.
Find local restaurants where kids can eat for free with this app.
The free Out To Eat With Kids app saves money on food that will probably just wind up on the floor anyway.
Get it from the iTunes Store.
Save and freeze your veggie scraps to make vegetable stock.
Good to freeze up to six months! Get the full instructions from Tasty.
Never toss leftover rice again with six tasty ways to use it all up.
And finally, if you’re a lightweight who can’t finish a bottle of wine, freeze the leftovers in an ice cube tray.
The next time a recipe calls for a little wine, drop in a cube and start cooking.
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