10 Ways To Spend Your Grocery Budget Effectively

Cheryl Brite August 10th 2016 Health
Grocery shopping is a time to get everything you need for the week. Sure it sounds easy when you say it like that but groceries can be expensive. You need to find a way to get nutritious groceries on a realistic budget. How would you even begin to accomplish this? How can you be happy with what you bought and spend within your set budget. Well these 10 ways will show you how.
1. Plan Your Meals
If you're prepared to grocery shop, you can't go wrong. Have a meal plan made so you can figure out your budget. It takes away the stress of just going to the grocery store and shopping blindly without a list. That's a scary thought! Your grocery list helps you not only stick to the list but not spend so much money. It's like a security blanket that protects you from going into debt.
Going off the list is not an option. Be thorough and practical when you make your list so you're not adding items to it after you get to the store. Planning meals also brings families together. You can sit down and plan what you think is best for your family. A well budgeted list equals a happy life. Why wouldn't you be smart about this and make a list?
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2. Have Knowledge About Prices
You can't escape prices. They're everywhere. Confront grocery prices by knowing your prices. It will make you feel at ease and comfortable when you shop. Look through your grocery flyers and write down the prices so you're prepared for your shopping trip. You won't be sorry you did.
Be aware of the size and price of what you want so you can compare the item to other stores. You could probably get what you want cheaper at another store. The marketers know what they're doing when it comes to price. You have to be smart and take the time to get the best price you can. Prices change all the time, but your budget is forever. Your budget will be over the moon happy when you know how to play the game of grocery shopping.
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3. Take Account of What's In Your Freezer
When you go into your freezer, you take stock of the items that are all ready in your freezer or pantry. Keep what you know hasn't expired yet because that can be one less item you have to buy at the store. By keeping a list you'll know what you need and what you don't need for your next grocery shopping adventure. If you don't keep track of what is in your freezer and pantry, you only end up buying extra stuff that won't even be used. They may go bad before you even get to use it. What a waste of food!
Keep your freezer and pantry list in easy access. The last thing you want to do is lose it or accidently throw it away. You'll have to start from scratch either way. You may remember some things on your list but not others. Get a magnet list on your fridge so you'll never lose your list again. It may seem like a lot of work but in the long run your budget will be happy and so will you.
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4. Coupons
You love coupons. They're a great way to stretch your budget. Think of them as free money to use at checkout. There are some people who think it's for people with little money, but it can benefit every kind of person. You'll save more money. How can any part of that sentence be bad?
You'll save thousands of dollars in the long run on items like mouthwash, toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, and dental floss. Your whole routine for protecting your mouth is practically free. You can find coupons online, in weekly flyers in your newspaper, or get them from the company when you ask nicely. Next you'll have to cut up your coupons. It may be a long and addicting process but again YOU'RE SAVING MONEY! You're ready to shop and save now.
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5. Cook Your Meals
Nothing is more healthy and enjoyable like homemade cooking. It may require using pots, pans, and other kitchen cookware, but your budget will be saved. There are items in the store you pay a lot for that you can make at home. Find recipes you'll be happy to cook and adds are the items you buy from the recipe you can use in other recipes so that you can save money. You'll be cooking so many recipes that all your money troubles will be solved. Well maybe not all your money troubles but you'll be a lot smarter and happier in the future.
Sure it may take a long time to prepare the recipes you have collected but they can be used for other days of meals. You may have to wash all your cookware afterwards, but you've still saved money. All your hard work is worth the hours of working in your kitchen. So bring your recipes to the store, pick out your ingredients, and leave the store knowing you've made your wallet a little lighter. You can't beat that logic. Save today so you can save for the rest of your life with home cooked meals.
6. Reduced Prices Aisle
Stop by your reduced sales rack and pick out what you need to fit your budget. Who says you can't find anything there? If you're determined to save, you'll make items on this rack work to your advantage. It's so convenient for your budget it isn't even funny. Don't pass this rack by or your budget could really suffer. Just take a look and you'll never know what you might find to stretch your grocery budget.
Yesterday's fresh items are waiting for you at half the price. The bakery, produce, and the meat departments may just have what you're looking for when it comes to sales. So fill your cart and leave the store knowing you not only stayed on budget but selected food that will only benefit you and your family. This is your chance! The rack won't be around forever because other people are taking advantage of this opportunity. Don't be an idiot, save your budget from disaster!
7. Batch Cooking
Your first thought is cookies. In a way this type of cooking follows that idea in that you're cooking a batch of food like meatloaf or lasagnas. You're setting up portions within these big dishes to have for a week or two. This type of cooking also controls the portions you eat, which is good for your health. It's also a quick meal to heat up, eat, and go. You have to admit this a great way to keep your grocery budget on track.
This way of cooking is important to families that are always on go. It's also important for families who need a healthy meal and can't cook one everyday. Batch cooking allows you to not have to cook every night. You can be lazy and relax because you only have to pop your portion of food in the microwave and enjoy. You have to be able to set one day to do this kind of cooking. It sounds easy enough and smart for your budget and how you want to spend your time.
8. Buy And Eat Foods In Season
Eating local is convenient and buying in season is good for your health. The food is fresh and ready for you to cook. You can get some great deals on organic produce. Buying what's in season will not only make you spend less money, but your food will taste even better. You know that this food has been handled well by professionals. You can see your budget becoming lighter.
You're not only supporting your local farms, but they may give you a discount on what you buy. Being a regular customer has its benefits on your budget. In season food will blow your mind when it comes to your wallet. You have to be willing to go to any lengths to save money. You won't regret this choice in stretching your budget. Find your local in season store or farm today for the greatest deals of your grocery life.
9. Cultivate Your Own Food
If you love to grow your own food, you know it's a great way to save on your grocery budget. Anything from fruits like tomatoes, apples to vegetables like peppers, corn, and other foods are available to grow in your very own backyard. Amazing, isn't it! You can even freeze or store your foods after they've grown to their full potential. Not to mention this way of growing your food is much more healthier and convenient. You're job is to maintain your garden so saving on your grocery budget is possible.
It may take a lot of work, but it's so worth it in the long run. You have to be dedicated to the upkeep of your garden or else you won't be able to stretch your grocery budget. If you don't have time to maintain a garden, there are other ways to save your budget. Otherwise enjoy your garden of freshness, taste, and happiness. It not only looks good, but it will make you feel so good in the long run. Start your herb, vegetable, and fruit gardens today!
10. Buy In Large Amounts
Buying in bulk sounds good to you but how does it effect your budget? When you find great prices for foods in bulk, it's your lucky day. Comparing the lower price package to bulk, you may find that buying in bulk will save you so much more then a small package ever could. A fraction of the cost may be what you're faced with. In this situation it is not hard to choose the bulk as the best way to go. Be smart, choose bulk!
Foods like beans, rice, and nuts are not the only items in bulk. You can buy meat in bulk as well. You can buy a big piece of meat that is not only cheaper, but you can divide it into many days of meals. It will save you from buying more than one package of meat that will add up to a ridiculous price in the end. The bulk purchased isn't always the same in amount. Know your math and select the proper amount of bulk in order to save on your grocery budget.

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50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller. She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
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