1. Walk through aisles you don’t use
Every store has an aisle or two that has no temptations for you (pet food, paper goods, baby supplies, cosmetics, and so forth).
Make that aisle your passageway to the departments you need at the back of the store.
Why tempt yourself by using the chocolate aisle?
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2. Buy chicken whole
Never buy chicken parts (breasts, wings) when you can buy the whole thing and make more meals from it, for pennies on the pound.
Forget about fancy butchering: using strong kitchen shears, cut the chicken up the breast bone, up the back bone, and then cut those halves in half again.
Cut off wings and legs, and you have the kind of pieces that you’d pay big bucks for.
A large whole chicken is amazingly economical. It will give enough meat for about 8 portions, or you can serve 4 people and have plenty of leftovers for sandwiches, salads and other dishes.
3. Cut the cost of gourmet coffee
Even coffee made at home can be pricey, if you have expensive taste in beans and roast.
Mix pleasure with savings: Combine one part of your favourite gourmet coffee with one part of a much less expensive store brand.
You can make consistently good coffee whichever method you choose if you observe the following rules.