The easiest way to save money on groceries is to not waste food.
Food costs money, so wasting food is wasting money. Simple enough.
I won’t waste food even when the waste is negligible. Case in point: mustard.
This is a job for Super Spatula, but of course you can’t use a spatula on a squeeze bottle. You can, however, make your palm sting like a bitch for an hour by smacking the bottom of said squeeze bottle until every last drop is squirted out and your entire counter is coated with a fine mustard mist.
Jameson goes through a bottle each of mustard and ketchup every two weeks so I always stock backups. “More in the back” is the enemy of frugality: I’m way more likely to waste food when I know a fresh bottle, bag, or container is in the pantry.
I call this phenomenon “Costco Syndrome”.
As you can see here, an “empty” mustard bottle gave Jefferson not one, but two BLTs worth of mustardy goodness. I probably didn’t even save a penny, but it did make me happy. And maybe some day I’ll forget to buy mustard and we’ll need it, and because I saved now it will be there. Maybe not. But I like to keep the Use It Up mindset all the time, so that I am constantly saving food and money. This Depression era chant [made popular by WWII propaganda posters] is a constant hum in my brain:
Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Or Do Without!
What grocery items do you use up completely?