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We all want to get the most for our money when it comes to grocery shopping, but we aren’t always sure how best to do that. So we’ve compiled some shopping guidelines, as well as some food storage tips, designed to help you save money. Put these to use, and you’ll come back from the grocery with more money in your pocket.Smooth Shopping
Do your grocery shopping on a full stomach.
If you go when you are hungry, you’re more
likely to make more impulse buys, filling your
cart with food you don’t really need.
Trouble-Free Food Storage
If you’re ever unsure about how exactly to store your flour, or how long your chicken can be stowed in the refrigerator, you’re not alone. We’ve made a list of some popular foods and storage parameters for each:
Commonly Asked Questions
Still have a few unanswered questions? Browse through these common quandaries to learn the basics of food storage.
How long before I should refrigerate leftovers from dinner?Two hours—for hot foods. In addition, use leftovers within three to five days. A motto to live by: When in doubt, throw it out.
Which temperature should I set my refrigerator and freezer?
Refrigerators should stay at 41 °F (5 °C) or less, and freezers at 0°F (minus 18 °C) or less.
What do packaging dates mean?
"Sell by" means the store should sell the product by the printed date, but the product can still be safely eaten by the consumer.
"Best if used by" means the consumer should use the product by the date listed for best quality and flavor.
"Use by"or "expires" means the product should be used before the date listed.
We hope with this compilation of tips that we’ve answered some questions, helped you save some money and improved life in your kitchen.
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