As part of the Frugal Family Challenge, Food Network Magazine paired Maile Carpenter with a family of four from Hoboken, N.J., to help them spend less on groceries. Here’s how the family is keeping their grocery bill low:
If it has a peel, it doesn’t need a seal. Carpenter explained that unless you eat the skin, the food doesn’t need to be organic to be healthy. The extra cost isn’t worth it.
Give up shopping at pricier grocery stores like Whole Foods at least half the time. Though the family found it too difficult to give up high-end shopping entirely, they did cut back.
Invest in a slow cooker. It’s easy, the meals last, and they’re healthier and cheaper than packaged meals.
— Adapted from “Frugal Families say cutting costs long term is hard,” Jason Paul, USA Today.