Creative Ways to Stretch Your Groceries

How to make ends meet without sacrificing flavor or variety.


You’ll never get used to the high speed at which your fridge becomes empty. These tips will help you prep for food storages and keep your grocery bill from rising high.

  • Make the most of old bread and tortillas: Ask for day-old bread at the bakery counter to make your own bread crumbs, croutons, or indulgent French toast. Another idea? Pick up inexpensive corn or flour tortillas and turn them into chips. Crisp up the tortillas in the oven, then sprinkle on sea salt and chili powder for a delicious, savory treat. Or brush them with butter and toss with cinnamon and sugar before baking to make a sweet, crunchy ice cream topping.
  • Buy cheese ends for sauces: Look for leftover cheese ends (or ask at the deli counter). Most grocery stores sell them at a discount. Use the pieces to make a delicious sauce for broccoli or to liven up your favorite mac and cheese recipe.
  • Bake with frozen juice concentrate:  All out of sugar and maple sugar? You can replace those types of sweeteners in most baking recipes with frozen juice concentrate. Ounce for ounce, fruit juice made from frozen concentrate costs less than the bottled variety, so stock up and you’ll always be prepared.
  • Strain your own Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is delicious, but it can be pricey. Put regular yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined sieve; chill overnight. The next day you’ll have creamy, rich Greek-style yogurt at a fraction of the cost.