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Cost Considerations Recipe

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Cliti Shafer
Added: Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Every campout that we cook for will have a food budget. When serving as a cook, be sure to find out the budget at the beginning of menu planning.

It does make a difference which store you choose to shop at and how you shop at the store. There are some higher priced stores, average priced stores, and a few bargain stores. To make the most of your cooking budget, make an effort to find good quality food at the lowest price.

Store brand or generic brand items are often less expensive than name brand items. Higher priced items tend to be placed directly within eye level and within reach of shoppers. Look high and low to find a potential better deal before making a final selection.

Check sales carefully because they do not always offer the best deal. If you can, check the price per ounce (pound, etc.) and compare to similar items to find the lowest price. This is called comparing the unit price and it will help you make a fair comparison with other items of the same food type.

If you need just 6-8 of an item then buying a case of 24 will probably cost a lot more than buying just 8 in a smaller package. So though the cost per item in the case may be less, it will still cost more money this way.

Keep in mind that while buying individually packaged portions of food may be convenient, it is almost always more expensive. If you can, buy a larger sized product and portion out/repackage into individual serving sizes at home before going to the campsite. This saves money and reduces the trash to carry out from your campsite later.

The most important skill when shopping is using common sense!

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A Scout is thrifty! Shopping at a commissary or a warehouse store may provide the least expensive price. Check with your parents to see if you are able to access either of these types of stores to take advantage of the lower average prices. This may help you get the best value for your patrol's money.

 

 

 

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