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Rachael Ray's Tips For Saving Money on Groceries

Rachael Ray's Tips For Saving Money on Groceries

Home cook extraordinaire Rachael Ray might not personally shop for the ingredients that go into her 30-minute meals on TV, but the gabby kitchen pro has plenty of tips for stretching your dollar at the grocery store. CNN's chief business correspondent quizzed Ray about what it takes to get more with less, and here are the highlights.

  • On making yourself a frozen food factory: "Stock up on lean meats and proteins, on veggies that you know your family likes and turn yourself into your own frozen food factory. Every time that chicken breast goes on sale, stock up. Go home, put it in individual storage bags, pound it out nice and thin. It's a quick defrost . . . Even with vegetables. You know, if broccoli is on a great price this week, buy a ton of it, go home, blanch it a little bit of salted water, cold shock it, put it in a plastic food storage bag, done."
  • On whether or not she's a fan of leftovers: "Absolutely. But I don't think they should taste like the first time. You know, I'm all for cooking a big chicken and then making chicken chili, chicken pasta."

To see her advice about how to approach grocery shopping,


  • On planning ahead to save money: "I think you've got to go into the store armed with a good attitude . . . and with coupons. And another really simple thing: When you go grocery shopping, do not look at the price on the product. Look at the unit price. Right there on the shelf, it will tell you the price per ounce or unit of measurement. And that's how you find your truest bargains."


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ditto Finn and then some :)
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
I already do everything she mentioned. :medal:
wiggle wiggle 8 years
Still trying to work coupons into my grocery life. Just learned that Saags sausage label has a $1 off coupon on the back. I rip it off after they have been scanned and hand it to the cashier. We eat a lot of their Bockwurst.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I always cook massive batches of soup, chili, casseroles, etc. and we eat the leftovers all week. It's a great way to save time AND money!
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
tyffi, she actually made those points as well in the original interview. All great tips!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that some of these are ok - but you really have to be mindful of things. for example, i've gone the frozen food route - and in some cases you're able to save money but you have to really shop around and know what you're paying - and what you're getting for that.
tyffi tyffi 8 years
A shopping list is also useful. Make a list and stick to it. Don't buy anything that's not on the list. And don't buy products that are on eye-height. The cheap stuff is either on the upper shelves, or the lower shelves. That's how I survived my student days when I had no money at all... I love leftovers, though. Well, not everything, but some things just taste better the next day. *g*
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I've always used frozen veggies. I grew up on them too. I'm not a big leftover fan myself. And I wish I had a bigger freezer to be able to utilize it more effectively for our family. But other things take priority over me buying a new freezer right now lol.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Yeah, I don't do leftovers.. I love frozen veggies though. Very convenient. :)
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I just don't like to reheat leftovers. It's a phobia! Luckily I can send them off with my boyfriend for lunch.
syako syako 8 years
I really should make better use out of my freezer. :ponder:
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