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17 F*cking Brilliant Food Hacks That Will Save You A Lot Of Money

Save your money for more important more food.

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1. Use a sealable bag to keep ice cream soft.

2. Wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap and they'll last 3-5 days longer than usual.

This trick is especially helpful if you eat organic bananas.

3. Look at the top and bottom shelves at the grocery store—the eye-level ones stock the priciest stuff.

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Grocery stores put more expensive items on the shelves we see first, so look up and down to spot the deals.

4. Buy chicken in family packs, drop the extras into sealable bags with marinade, and freeze.

The marinated chicken will be damn flavorful, and you can just thaw them as you need them.

5. Use the microwave to dry leftover herbs.

You're never going to use all of that parsley before it starts it wilt. To preserve its color and flavor, place the herbs between two paper towels and microwave it for a minute or so. Get more info here.

6. If your milk is about to expire, use it to make milk and cookie cubes.

Pour your morning coffee over them for a heavenly caffeine cocktail that even Starbucks can't compete with.

7. Use a money-saving app like favado, which compares the prices of your shopping list across local stores.

Get notified when new sale prices for your favorite items are added to local stores so you can know before you go.

8. To store delicate herbs, place them in cups of water, cover them with plastic wrap, secure with a rubber band, and refrigerate.

Use this trick on cilantro and parsley, and they'll stay crisp for a week or longer.

9. Avoid the inner aisles at the grocery store and you won't spend as much money.

Grocery stores place essential ingredients—like dairy and produce—on opposite ends of the store so that you're forced to pass through all the aisles and buy more stuff you don't need. Don't get distracted. Shop the perimeter!

10. Never buy an over-ripened avocado again.

Avocados aren't cheap, so it's soul-crushing when you get all the way home to slice open a half-brown sludge vessel. Make sure the avocado ~belly button~ isn't brown and you're good to go.

11. Grate your own cheese.

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Just like with pre-packaged lettuce, grated cheese costs extra $$$ for the convenience. Grate a large hunk of cheese and keep it in a container in the fridge for easy sprinkling.

12. Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in tin foil before storing in the fridge.

It’ll stay crisp for 4 weeks or more.

13. Use an app to find local restaurants where kids can eat for free.

The free Out To Eat With Kids app saves money on food that will probably just wind up on the floor anyway.

14. Section off your beef before freezing it to have perfect portion-sized patties.

Press a wooden skewer or pencil onto a meat-filled sealable baggy to divide and conquer.

15. Stop your brown sugar from turning rock-hard by throwing a couple of marshmallows into the bag.

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Weird, I know. But it works! Learn how here.

16. Freeze leafy greens and use them in your smoothie.

They'll give your smoothie a slightly slushy consistency. Plus, sneaking a serving a greens into your AM can't hurt.

17. And finally, if you're a lightweight who can't finish a bottle of wine, freeze the leftovers in an ice cube tray.

The next time a recipe calls for a little wine, drop in a cube and start cooking.

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