So I’m in the kitchen with my grandmother making a delicious pot of fricot (which for those of you who are Acadian impaired is a type of chicken stew). A little bit of this, a little dash of that…as I watch her add items to the pot, I can’t help but add up the prices of each of the ingredients as she adds each one (a sickness – I know).
We ended up with a HUGE pot of delicious stew. The best part? It only cost her around $7 to make. The last time I could remember making a meal that big for $7? Forget about it! So – what’s her secret?
1. Granny Uses Local Flavours
My Granny’s recipes were passed down from generations past and involve local flavors, meaning that everything she uses to cook with was either grown just up the road or in her backyard.
Perhaps our generation tends to be less green thumb-inclined – but that doesn’t mean you can’t use local flavors when you can. Not only will your carbon footprint thank you, but your grocery budget will as well.
2. Granny Buys in Season
When planning your meals, keep the season in mind. There’s a reason why your Granny makes pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Using in-season produce will save a buck or two, and will provide you with some easy inspiration!
Use your local fliers as a starting point so that you can plan your meals before you shop. Plus you’ve got one tool your Granny didn’t – the Internet! There are a ton of online recipe sites where you can search by ingredient to set you on the right path.
3. Granny Buys in Bulk
If there’s something on sale that you use a lot of – stock up. There’s a reason why Granny’s got freezers full of on-sale meat, a cold room stocked with produce, and a pantry full of canned soup.
Granny’s not only prepared – she’s an expert at pinching those pennies. And trust me when I tell you, you will thank your inner Granny when most of your grocery shopping is done and in your pantry.
4. Granny Uses Coupons
Couponing has taken over as the biggest trend in money saving – but we all know, Granny did it first. Coupons are a great way to add some savings to your grocery bill.
The first step to coupons? Be organized! Before I go to the store, I review my list and compare it to the coupons I have, as well as what’s on sale that week. Whatever gives me the best price wins. This generally shaves 5 to 10% off my grocery bill each week. Granny would be proud.
5. Granny Cooks Big Batches
Have you ever followed your Granny’s recipes and realized that you have enough food to feed a family of 20? Granny planned it that way. Making big batches of food saves you money, as well as time. Not to mention that you will be ever so thankful when you get home from work late, and you have dinner waiting for you in the fridge.
Do you have any frugal tips passed down through generations? We’d love to hear them!