If you watch the news every day, you're probably rethinking many of your purchases as we face a period of economic turmoil. There are many habits you might need to change, but feeding yourself and your family healthy, nutritious meals is not one of them.

Plus, recession or not, budget-minded grocery shopping is smart shopping. Here are some Good Things for saving money at the grocery store.

Rehydrating Beans

Soaking your own beans rather than using canned varieties will save you money. And once soaked, beans can be used in a variety of delicious dishes. There are two methods for soaking beans:

1. Rinse the beans and cover with double the amount of water, and let them soak overnight (or at least eight hours).

2. If you are pressed for time, sort and rinse the beans, pour them into a large pot, and cover with double the amount of water. Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Cover and soak for an hour.

Rethinking Cabbage

Cabbage is one of the most versatile and inexpensive vegetables available. There are many varieties, including old-fashioned green, red, and Savoy, all of which can be used in a variety of ways.

Finding Coupons Online

Find coupons at, a great site that allows you to download and print coupons for all types of organic foods.


Get more ideas for shopping smart and eating well from the April 2009 issue of Everyday Food. For additional penny-pinching ideas, check out these Good Things for saving money.


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