Saving Secrets to Cut Your Grocery Bill

Playing Insider Tips on How to Save at the Supermarket

An American family of four spends on average $240 per week on groceries, yet 40% of the foods produced in the United States don't get eaten. We have tips on to stop wasting food and start by buying items that last almost indefinitely. The Krazy Coupon Lady Joanie Demer talks to The Doctors about buying foods that don’t go bad as a way to save on your grocery bill.

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Joanie tests The Doctors’ audience by asking them which two of these five foods never go bad?

  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Instant coffee
  • Canned tuna
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Canned vegetables

The answer? Pure vanilla extract and instant coffee! When coffee beans are ground, they quickly lose flavor, but when they are freeze-dried, moisture is extracted so the flavor keeps. Pure vanilla extract is at least 35% alcohol which is why it lasts so long. Imitation vanilla is only about 2%, so she suggests to go for the real deal! The best place to buy pure vanilla extract is at a wholesale club.

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How’s this for a great Krazy Coupon Lady tip? Even if you’re not a wholesale club member, get a gift card or a guest pass and you can buy items without a membership.

She also says you can save while still being health conscious. Joanie shares which of these five foods are important to buy organic:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Cabbage
  • Asparagus
  • Seafood

Can you guess? It's apples and strawberries and Joanie reveals that apples have more pesticides than any other fruit. Luckily, there’s not a huge price difference between conventional and organic apples. Strawberries always top the “dirty dozen list” and because of their porous texture and lack of skin, they can have more than 20 pesticides on them! Joanie notes while not all of these pesticides have been proven to be toxic, she would still advise going organic. One way to save on the cost? Opt for your organic strawberries frozen. Joanie also stresses the importance of washing all your fruits and vegetables in either a baking soda/water wash or a vinegar/water wash.

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