- January, 17 2014
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“31 Days to Save ”: A crash course in grocery savings!
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Unlike “sales,” Manager’s specials, clearance and overstock deals are usually unique short lived opportunities until the supply runs out. They’re unique in that most are due to some extenuating circumstance at that particular store, such as a mistake on the stock order, or a discontinued product, a change in packaging, or any other number of reasons.
These deals will usually only be there for a day or less, and most often are not damaged, or second rate. Some are even free with a coupon.
Keep an eye out for these unusual signs and shelf tags, and seize the opportunity to invest, if it’s something you would ever use, as these often really are “loss leaders”, as in being sold at a loss.
I share a few examples in the video here:
Acknowledge that you did your daily reading by leaving a comment on Facebook thread for Day 20. Tell us what kinds of deals you’ve snagged on Manager’s specials or clearance!
Optional additional reading:
Going back to Day 7, “Slow and Easy Wins”, have you done any slow cooking? If you’ve invested in a slow cooker, here’s some guidelines from Chapter 14 of “Shop Smart, Save More.”
7 Guidelines for Making Up Your Own Slow Cooker Recipes.
Experiment! Make up your own slow cooker meals. Get adventurous. That’s all part of the fun.
1. Cut root vegetables into small pieces. Root vegetables like potatoes and carrots take longer to cook than meat in slow cookers. So cut them into small pieces, no thicker than one inch.
2. Cook vegetables near the bottom and sides. Vegetables should be covered by liquid. So put the vegetables on the bottom and the meat on top.
3. Let beans cook before adding tomatoes. Sugar and acidic foods, such as tomatoes, will cause the shells of the beans to remain hard while cooking. To remedy that, let the beans get completely cooked in the slow cooker and add tomatoes or other sugary or acidic ingredients after you are sure the beans are completely cooked. This doesn’t apply to canned beans.
4. Don’t slow cook rice or pasta. Rice and pasta need to be cooked separately. You can add them to what you cooked in the crockpot just before you serving. (unless a tried and true slow cooker recipe tells you to use rice, and the recipe specifies how to do it).
5. Don’t slow cook milk products. Milk products tend to break down with extended cooking. However, if you want milk or other milk products, such as cheese or sour cream in your recipe, you can add it during the last hour of cooking. Condensed creamed soups are the exception. You can slow cook those.
6. Season near the end of cooking. Slow cookers have a different effect on flavors of things like garlic powder, seasonings, and herbs and spices. While you can add some during cooking, taste again when it’s done and add more if needed. Whole herbs can be slow cooked, and actually benefit by having time to reach their full effect.
7. Use very little water. Remember, water doesn’t evaporate like oven or stove top cooking. 1/2 to 1 cup of liquid is usually more than enough unless a recipe specifies otherwise.
(End of excerpt from “Shop Smart, Save More” by Teri Gault with Sheryl Berk) http://www.thegrocerygame.com/more-ways-to-save/teris-book-shop-smart-save-more/
To show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on Facebook thread for Day 20. Tell us what kinds of deals you’ve snagged on Manager’s specials or clearance! http://www.facebook.com/TheGroceryGame
See you tomorrow for more savings in 2012, and…
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