Save With Sandra Lee
Frozen isn't always cheaper: When produce is in season, buying fresh is often a better deal.
Timing is everything: Many people get paid on the first of the month, so that's when the name-brand items go on sale. Prices on private-label and store brands drop at the end of the month, when people have less cash to spend.
Baking mixes may bust your budget: They contain simple ingredients, so it's often easier to make baked goods from scratch.
Buy in bulk: Don't just buy a pound of meat for a meat loaf -- go for the less-expensive family size. Use the extra meat-loaf mixture to make meatballs, which you can freeze, and you've got a cheap second meal.
Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, June 2009.