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Tips For Affordable Grocery Shopping

Celebrity Chefs Share Recession Tips With Oprah

Yesterday celebrity chefs Tyler Florence, Cat Cora, and Curtis Stone made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The chefs shared recipes and tips on how to cook more affordably during the recession. They also went into the kitchen of viewers to perform culinary interventions. Stone helped a couple cut their takeout budget by learning to cook, Cora taught a family how to use fresh ingredients to make healthy dishes, and Florence showed a mom the best way to feed her children. The chefs provided some great suggestions on how to save money when grocery shopping. For their ideas,


  • Use a lesser cut of meat. A whole chicken is cheaper than chicken breasts. Opt for pork shoulder instead of pork tenderloin.
  • Use a slow cooker. They're ideal for turning lesser cuts of meat into fantastic dinners.
  • Purchase a whole block of cheese and grate it yourself. In the end its cheaper than buying the pregrated bags.
  • Be smart at the meat counter. According to Stone, steaks that are nearing their sell-by date are usually marked down.
  • Select cheaper fish. Skip salmon and choose tilapia.
  • Always shop with a list. Cora says that people spend 50 percent more if they don't have a list.
  • Buy only what you need. If you want three bananas, break off three from the bunch.
  • Plan meals that share ingredients.

How do you save when at the supermarket? Please share your helpful hints below!


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doogirl doogirl 8 years
I buy in bulk and then separate into servings and freeze. The next couple of months are going to be tight, so I'm glad to have these tips!
OChottie OChottie 8 years
I make my meal plan for two weeks, using the shared ingredients tip, and look at which of my neighborhood stores has the best price. I buy in bulk and separate into our needed portions and "seal a meal" them. We have started eating a lot more bean dishes too as those are cheap, easy and healthy.
misslilad misslilad 8 years
also i will freeze my leftovers of soups, stews, etc. that way when money is low, i know that i have something delicious still on hand and don't always have to resort to pb&j or ramen
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I buy meat that's near the sell-by date sometimes. You can really get a good deal and it's completely fine to eat if you're going to make it right away.
miznic miznic 8 years
Grocery Game has been a tremendous help - I've saved quite a bit of money through them.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips!
ajhodge ajhodge 8 years
I buy in bulk - it's usually a lot cheaper than the packaged stuff.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
The list tip is very true. I always walk out with more stuff than I need if I don't go in and stick with my list. Curtis can come home and cook for me anyday.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
i've always gone by with the block of cheese and the whole chicken tip.
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