In my local paper today, there was an article with people giving

advice on how to cut their food bill.



Here is the link to read the whole thing:

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_8...nclick_check=1



In sum, the suggestions were:

1. Make a list and stick to it when shopping; buy only what you need

to make the pre-set menus you've created.



2. Use coupons (paper & internet), but also keep track of prices to

know if you are getting a good deal.



3. Grow your own; barter for the rest



Additional tips:

- Cook more, eat out less

- Eat more fruits & veggies & beans & less meat

- Substitute lower-cost items for higher-cost items:

- tofu for meat (use 1/2-meat & 1/2-tofu)

- oil for butter

- cut cheese in 1/2 when using in recipes



And here's the related article on how food prices are rising:

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_8610786



Stephanie