Gary Foreman, editor of the Dollar Stretcher newsletter and website, goes one step further. He notes that you can take a paper plate or food storage container, add a leftover portion of meat, vegetable, and starch, and place in a plastic bag or cover with foil. Make a note on the outside of the container about what it contains, and freeze it. That way, you have a quick meal or snack whenever you need it, and you'll be less tempted to dine out or hit fast food after a long day at work.
"Over time, if you do this, you'll begin to know when you're looking at a real sale in the store, and when to stock up. You'll know when it's not really a sale, and not to stock up, too. This puts the average grocery shopper in the same position as a professional buyer, and you can save 15 to 20 percent after putting this plan into being, and you're eating the same foods you're used to."
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