'Cheapest Family in America' shares how to save on groceries without coupons

We all have to eat but we shouldn't go broke doing it.

Every week, I show you some of the deals at Valley grocery stores, but there are other ways you can save some cash when grocery shopping.

We went straight to the experts, Steve and Annette Economedes

They are known around the country as the Cheapest Family in America, and one way they say they stay that way is by letting their groceries generate cash.

Steve says the average family is spending an average of $200 per person per month to feed themselves.

That's $800 per month for a family of four.

Add mortgage, car payments and other bills, and it's no wonder so many people have a hard time staying afloat.

But the Economedes say a major problem is that many people don't consider what they already have in their kitchen.

And that causes unnecessary trips to the grocery store, which costs you time and more money.

Steve says you'll spend 60 percent more than if you shopped just once.

And just because you don't have your usual ingredients doesn't mean you don't have enough to make a meal.

There are websites and apps that help you do the same.

Just type in the ingredients you have at home and you'll get a list of recipes.

You'd be surprised at how many sites you'll find just by doing an online search.

The next way to save is to double up.

The Economedes say if you cook a larger portion, that will help you save time and money because you can simply freeze the meal and use it another time.

For things like turkey and ham, you can make even more meals, including sandwiches, soups and casseroles.

And we know that grocery stores have sales every week, so spend some time looking over the ads and plan your meals around the sales.

If you only need a few things, try apps like Favado to find the store that has your items on sale.

Groceries aren't the only way to save.

The Economedes will have a conference next weekend to help you make the most of your money.

Financial Hope Conference
Saturday, January 25
8 a.m. to noon
New Hope Community Church – 1380 E Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert
Pre-Registration: $10 per person / $15 per couple


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