We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share some of their thriftiest tips for saving money in the kitchen.
Here are 16 of their best:
1. Store veggie scraps in a Ziploc bag and freeze them to make homemade stock...
2. And freeze any leftover stock you make in an ice cube tray.
3. If you find yourself with an abundance of fresh produce, pickle it or turn it into homemade jam before it goes bad.
4. Start following some budget food blogs for dinner inspiration that won't break the bank.
5. Buy whole chickens and learn how to break them down yourself.
6. Buy cheaper, tough cuts of meat and cook them in a slow-cooker.
7. Take advantage of vegetables that regrow from scraps, like green onions and celery.
8. Avoid stocking up on spices you might not use again by buying them from the bulk section.
9. Save chicken and turkey carcasses to make homemade stock.
10. Shop the salad bar for prepped ingredients you can use in pastas, pizzas, and other recipes.
11. Transform a rotisserie chicken into a week's worth of meals.
12. Embrace meal planning — but don't feel like you have to go all out.
13. Stock your freezer with DIY frozen dinners for those nights when you just don't want to cook...
14. As well as items you buy in bulk that you just can't eat fast enough.
15. Hit up the farmers market right before it closes to score some deals.
16. Invest in a FoodSaver to prevent freezer burn and make your food last longer.
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.