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5 Holiday Cooking Tips: How to Save Time and Money


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Stock Up Using Smarts
Making lists can help you keep as much change in your pockets as possible.
Making lists can help you keep as much change in your pockets as possible.
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Before any cooking can go down, you have to hit the grocery store. But it's important not to go in blindly. Have a list of everything you'll need, arranged according to aisles, so you aren't racing back and forth for overlooked items, plus a stock of coupons you've collected. A few dollars off here and there can add up if you have an entire cart to fill with the makings of a holiday meal for many guests.

Look for sales; often items are carried by many brands, so you can pick and choose if you're looking to save a little cash. It can also be a good idea to do a little leg work before the big shopping trip. If you compare prices between stores and find one runs cheaper than others for a particular product, you'll know where to snap up the lowest-priced goods when the time comes. Also, since prices fluctuate from week to week, you can start eyeing the foods you'll need in advance and maybe see a discount in the days leading up to the holiday. If it's nonperishable or the expiration date gives you the leeway you need, go ahead and grab it early.


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