Extending the Life of Food From A to Z: Letter D

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 Letter D

We are continuing with our series on how to save on groceries — even if you don’t have a coupon!   These items below are things we need, and we purchase, even if we don’t have a coupon or one is never available.  Here are a few food items, beginning with the letter “D” which you can purchase in bulk when you find a great deal!

Donuts are not usually on the list to buy, however we do get them as a special treat every now and then:

  • Pick-up the day old donuts. Bakeries like Hy-vee will discount their donuts at the end of the day, so you can pick them up at night for breakfast the next morning
  • Bakery outlets are a great place to stock up on packaged donuts.  Often times they’re 40-60% cheaper than the store.
  • Packaged donuts also freeze well for about 3-4 months.

Dragon Fruit can be really expensive, especially if you buy it out of season.  Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most from your Dragon Fruit:

  • Buy it when it’s in season, typically late winter through spring
  • When you purchase it, make sure that it is uniformly pink and gives just a little when squeezed
  • Store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Avoid purchasing ones that have hard spots or the leaves or stem are turning brown.


  • Most dressings call for just a hand full of ingredients and take a few minutes to mix everything together.  You’ll be surprised how easy most dressings are to pull together right before dinner.
  • You can usually find dressings for less than $1 a bottle 2-3 times a year.  When you do, stock up as dressings are shelf stable so they are easy to stockpile.  Just make sure to pay attention to those expiration dates!

Dip is a common item to have for almost any get together, whether you’re having it for fruit, veggies, chips, or crackers there are ways to save:

  • Most dips contain anywhere from 2-5 ingredients, and just need mixed together.  So buying the ingredients individually and making your own dip in about 5 minutes is healthier and saves you money
  • Dips tend to go on sale and have coupons for them around the big holidays.  When you find your favorite dip on sale you can freeze it, but only for about 1 month, when it thaws mix it well as it will separate a little after being frozen.

Make sure you check out our basic Grocery Savings Tips on how to get the most out of your grocery trip!  Plus, we are showcasing four to five foods from each letter of the alphabet to help you learn how to freeze/store certain items.  Just click on your letter below and go right to the post with the foods for that item!

A        B        C


  1. says

    I LOVE making my own salad dressing! My favorite is this: three parts to one balsamic vinegar and EVOO, a spoonful of raspberry preserves, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. It is BEYOND good and only takes a minute. I bet it would be good with other types of fruit preserves too 🙂

  2. Mary says

    Where did you find Dragon Fruit???? I ate it every day when I was in South America.