One of the most common complaints I hear from coupon queens and kings is that there are very seldom coupons for milk. And while I have found this to be true, I have found other ways to get a great price on milk! With the cost of a gallon of milk being as much as a gallon of gas, it can be easy to skip the dairy aisle and opt for cheaper juice drinks instead. But everyone knows, milk is an important staple in a healthy diet. So don’t skip it, and don’t fret about buying your own cow just yet. Take a peak at some of these great money saving strategies instead!

1. Check Prices at Your Local Gas Station

I have often found that I can purchase gallons of milk cheaper at gas stations (convenience stores) than at the local grocery stores. While food items tend to be higher at gas stations, milk in my area is typically $1 less. It is just as fresh and also cuts out the temptation to impulse purchase other items.

2. Price Match, of Course!

Check all of your local stores to see who has the best price, since they are hardly ever the same. This knowledge can help you price match when shopping to ensure you get the cheapest price.

3. Explore Powdered Milk

This tip is a huge one! I assure you, powdered milk tastes the same as regular milk when prepared ahead at night and cooled for 24 hours. If the thought of drinking it bothers you, you can at least use it when baking. A recipe that calls for 2 cups of milk can make your gallon disappear fast, so why not mix up two cups of powdered milk for a fraction of the cost? You will never know the difference! Powdered milk can also be used in pancake recipes, muffin recipes, pudding recipes, and so much more!

4. Freeze Milk for Later (Yes, you can do that!)

My store will often run clearance sales on milk when it nears expiration. I use to kick myself because I knew it was a great deal but also knew that if I stocked up I would never finish all of it before it went bad. So, with a little research, I learned you CAN freeze milk. PLEASE NOTE: this only works with SKIM MILK because otherwise the milk and fat will separate when frozen. When you wish to use, simply defrost in the fridge and pour into your favorite recipes.

5. Check the Brands and Buy Generic

At every store there is an expensive brand and a generic brand of milk available; the taste and quality is the same. Be sure you are purchasing the generic store brand for the best price. If it does not meet your expectations, most stores offer a 100% refund on their products, so you have nothing to lose by trying.

6. Keep a Close Eye on Expiration Dates

Throwing away unused milk is an awful waste. If it is nearing expiration and you will not be getting to it, either freeze (if skim) or use up in pudding or other baking recipes.

7. Try Requesting Coupons from Name Brand Suppliers

Here are a few companies who have sent me high value coupons after I emailed praise about a product or who have coupons available on their websites. Some coupons are for organic or soy milk products; but if you do not typically drink these, as with powdered milk, they are fine for baking!

As you can see, with just a few simple changes, you can find milk at the best price and make it last longer in your home! The money you will save adds up, and if you want to take that savings and buy your own cow, you can! Until then, happy milk hunting and drinking!

This has been a guest post by Katie from South Bend, IN
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