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Budget Cooking Tips for New Graduates

Make life after school a little easier with these tips for making home-cooked meals on a new graduate's budget.

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Money-Saving Tips

Money-Saving Tips

With many new expenses, it doesn’t mean you have to limit your diet to ramen noodles and frozen pizzas. Put that college econ class to use and set up a monthly budget. Allocate a certain amount of money for food expenses.

Make coupons your new best friend. Pick up a copy of the Sunday paper each week and start clipping! You can also print off coupons online. Check out sites like coupons.com or brand websites. Don’t forget to also make the most of your grocer’s weekly specials!

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 Shopping Fundamentals

Shopping Fundamentals

When you’re going to the grocery store be sure to make a list, and never go shopping when you’re hungry. You’re more likely to buy things on impulse and stray away from the items on your list.

For dry goods, buy them in bulk. Get a membership at the local Sam’s Club or Costco and stock up on rice, canned goods, and other pantry staples. When it comes to fresh ingredients like produce and dairy products, shop every couple of days to prevent spoilage.

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 Busy Night Slow Cooker

Busy Night Slow Cooker

Even though you have a kitchen, you may not have time to put together a meal. Invest in a slow cooker to help on those busy nights. Throw in the ingredients in the morning, and by the time you get home at night, dinner is ready and waiting.

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 Homemade Takeout

Homemade Takeout

You may love takeout pizza, but it can get pricey. Instead of ordering out, buy day-old bread from the local bakery and make pizza loaves. Have roommates and other friends bring their favorite toppings and spend the night making your own pizzas!

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 A Taste of Home

A Taste of Home

You just finished a rough week of finals or work and all you want is your Mom’s signature meatloaf, but you have no idea how to make it. Give Mom a call. She’ll not only love talking to you, but she’ll be happy to give you the recipe. Keep a recipe box of family favorites so whenever you have a craving, you can whip them up and enjoy a little taste of home.

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