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Preparing whole meals, three times a day, every day, isn’t just exhausting and time-consuming, it can be pretty costly. This is especially if you have a family. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get away with one tasty meal of blended Japanese rice crackers?
The energy but is still a bit of a gray area because let’s face it, you do have to cook. There are, however, some cool, simple tips that will allow you to save lots of money in the kitchen. Here are a few tricks you can use to ensure you keep your costs to a minimum.
Invest in Eggs
Most people are under the false impression that eggs make you fat. The funny bit is, eggs have good kind of cholesterol, and a daily egg regimen will ensure you get the right calorie balance daily.
Cook meat in small sizes
As far as meat is concerned, it is usually advisable to buy bulk, but cook in smaller portions. Whether it’s chicken, beef, pork or mutton, cooking in smaller sizes allows you to stretch out a value pack over several different meals. This means you don’t have to keep worrying about leftovers.
Most people cook too much, and they throw away even more. The only two reasons you should throw away leftovers is if you don’t have a fridge, or if the food is just plain lousy. Otherwise, saving leftovers can save you a ton of money on cooking costs.
Winging it is a bad idea. Most people spend too much on cooking because they don’t plan at the beginning of the week. Develop a structure of what you intend to cook for the week, and stick to it.
Sign up for coupon/discount cards
Now, this may seem a bit out there, but you can save a substantial amount of money by being keen on discounts. Make sure you also follow through on grand sales and anything that spells 50% off. You won’t regret it.
Visit different stores to check on price disparities. Some stores are just plain rip-offs, which is why you need to ensure you compare prices before you purchase anything.
Purchase from specialized stores
Supermarkets are inherently more expensive compared to specialized stores. You can find groceries, meat, dairy products, and even spices at much cheaper rates in stores that specialize in these products.
Most people realize they need stuff as soon as they see it on the supermarket shelf. Have a structure, make a list, and buy only what you need.
Store greens correctly
Most people don’t know how to store delicate greens, so they end up going bad really fast. Use a zip-top bag to prevent them from wilting.
Grow your vegetables
If you have a garden in your backyard, grow your veggies, you’ll save tons in the long run.
Invest in stir fry
The easiest and most efficient technique, one that is healthy, takes up very little time and ingredients, is stir fry. It also allows you to use bits of leftover groceries, which means you rarely have to throw anything away.
Cook a bit extra
If you genuinely like your cooking, and you work a 9/5, it is always advisable to cook a little extra so you have something to snack on at work. This means you save money, and you don’t have to spend extra on take out.
Properly seal your leftovers
Vacuum sealing allows anything from leftovers to fruits to last a bit longer. If you make extra, ensure you properly seal it so you don’t have to constantly throw food away for wilting.
Make your own dressing/sauces/spice blends
Why buy stuff you can easily make yourself? Most sauces have ingredients that you can readily purchase at a fraction of the price. Make them yourself!
Eat before you shop
This may sound bizarre, but you are more likely to impulse buy if you go to the store hungry. So take a light snack, make a list and stick to it!
Regardless of your situation, saving money is always a priority, these tips are only a few of the cool ways you can still eat great, but save money while at it.