With the cost of living continuing to spiral upwards, families are under ever-increasing pressure to make ends meet. The struggle to find ways to reduce your monthly expenditure and be a frustrating experience. Many of our major costs, such as rent or mortgage payments, school fees, utilities and others are pretty much fixed. Meal preparation is one of the major areas of discretionary spending in which households can make a palpable difference to their budgets. Here are a few interesting ideas on how your family can improve the bottom line in the most important room of the house:
It might sound a little counter-intuitive, but despite the initial outlay, good quality cookware will, in fact, save you money in the long-run. While many are attracted by the diminutive price tags on the flimsy pots and pans at the supermarket or dollar store, these items don’t last and will need replacing before you know it. On the other hand, a solid set of cookware should last you for years and still function perfectly.
You don’t necessarily need a huge property to save serious money by growing your own produce. Many vegetables and herbs can be grown in planter pots, making them perfect for those living in smaller homes and apartments. If you are fortunate to have a little bit more space, you will be pleasantly surprised with how much produce you can get out of even a small vegetable patch. It is also worth researching which fruit trees grow well in your area. While they may take several years to mature, you can save a packet on common items such as lemons, avocados, olives and many others.
Joining a co-op or shopping at local farmers’ markets can be a fabulous way to obtain outstanding quality produce at great prices. You can always be sure that the food you are eating is fresh and in season, which brings with it additional emotional value. Your local food travels less distance and requires little or no packaging, refrigeration or other overhead costs. This helps to bring the prices down for consumers.
Reducing your meat intake is not only a responsible health decision, but it is also better for the environment, as well as your bank balance. Most plant-based foods are pound-for-pound significantly cheaper than meat and better for you. Studies show that vegetarians can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year. That doesn’t mean you need to give up meat altogether. Even replacing one meat meal per week with a vegetarian option for your family will save you plenty.
All those food scraps and off-cuts ending up in the trash could be far better utilized in your kitchen to save you money. Vegetable peels or discarded leaves can be used to make delicious stock, while those fruits and veggies that you bought too much of can be pickled, preserved or fermented to make delicious treats and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Even some scraps that you never thought could end up on your table can be used to create absolutely delicious, exotic recipes.
Being organized can eliminate expensive waste from your weekly expenditure. Impulse purchases are the bane of any budget, so make a weekly planner, create a shopping list of everything you need for it and stick to it like glue. You will end up with less in your shopping cart, and fewer unused items cluttering your fridge and pantry.
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