Someone mentioned in a comment earlier about people who will buy six loose cans of beans (or anything) but yet often, those six cans are less expensive when packaged together but people just don’t pay attention.
I try to pay attention to things like that.
Near the first of the month, I look back at my previous four weeks menus to see what I’ve used that may need to be re-ordered to replace what I’ve used. I print my menus and put the menu for this week and next week on the fridge. Then as I take them down, I stick them in a drawer. At the end of the month, I use those, along with the menu plans I’ve made for the next four weeks to see what I need to order. No, we don’t always stick with the plan but say I have ham and scalloped potatoes on this week’s menu and we end up not eating it for whatever reason, I’ll just move it to the next week’s menu. Since I only have plans for four days, that accounts for days we decide to have a sandwich instead of a meal, go get food from a food truck or eat leftover pizza.
Saving a few pennies or even a few dollars a week isn’t going to make or break us financially but I love knowing I’m getting the best deal I can get. I think you know I’m not a tightwad and I buy what I need and too much of what I want but I don’t like wasting money and for me, buying two packs of cheese for $2 each, when I can buy one large pack that’s at least equal to the two packs and pay $1.80 for it, I can’t stand not doing that!
Again, not everyone will shop the way we shop. We buy pinto beans in 25 or 50 pound bags. We buy rice in 20 or 50 pound bags. Now that we have the Mennonite store near us, I buy all my flour in 50 pound bags. I really do spend a lot of time looking for deals and to me, it’s kinda like a hobby. I don’t mind doing it at all.
The other day we wanted to order garbanzo beans. I couldn’t believe how much the price had jumped on those. I checked Walmart, Target, Amazon, Food 4 Less, Sam’s . . not everyone has garbanzo beans. I also checked the places I buy in bulk but the least expensive place to order those was Vitacost.
Anyway, as I was looking at previous food orders, this one jumped out at me. Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix is
Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix is $1.64/oz. if you buy the individual 1 oz. packet. It’s $1.25/oz. if you by the packet of 4 individual 1 oz. packets. If you buy the 16 ounce container at Sam’s, it comes to .536 per ounce, or $8.58 per container. So, you can go to Walmart and buy a four pack (4 oz) for $4.98 or you can buy a 16 oz. container at Sam’s for $8.58, use half of it, throw out the other half and you’ve still saved $1.38 but if you use all 16 ounces, you save $11.34.
What on earth would you do with one pound of powdered Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix?
Go to the Hidden Valley Ranch site and find lots of good recipes or here are some of my favorites.
Dip – This recipe is great for chips, veggies or crackers.
Crack Chicken (slow cooker) – I have this on an upcoming menu! Love this recipe.
Breaded Ranch Chicken
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs (pressure cooker)
There are all kinds of recipes that use the dressing mix plus . . there’s always salad dressing that can be made with it!