Are soaring food prices getting you down? Here, some basic saving strategies and ideas to stretch your budget.

Properly package and store food. Stop throwing out food by learning how to properly store and package it to prevent spoilage. For instance, don't trust the flimsy plastic wrap to ward off freezer burn -- wrap meat in heavier plastic, foil or freezer paper. And what about bulk foods? Don't let excess air make things go stale -- repackage into smaller containers instead. (See 10 food storage mistakes -- and how to fix them for more tips.)



Do it yourself. If you can take apart a chicken, you can save money buying a whole bird instead of pricier boneless, skinless pieces. (Plus the bones make great soup!) You can also save on prepared and convenience foods with a little DIY -- and it's better for your health.


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