Saving money is a high priority in our household, and if you’re reading this, it’s probably one in your home too. Prices for pretty much everything are on the rise, leaving us to squeeze the most out of every dollar, and even maybe throw grandma’s silver that’s just sitting in the garage up on Craigslist. Feeding the family is an important area where a great deal of effort and expense go towards. Saving money in your kitchen is easy with some steps that will help you shop smarter and less, as well as get the most out of your food.
1. Look Before You Shop
So much of the time I find myself seeing that we’re out of something and then going to the store to get it. The cycle is “feed, run out, replenish” and with the kids and work and back and forth, this piece-meal approach can have me going to the store three to four times a week! Lately, I’ve been training myself to take a section of the kitchen and really go through it to see what I have and what I don’t. Sure, it’s a little more time in the fridge and pantry, but ultimately less time going to the store, which saves money on both food and gas!
2. Fill ‘Em Up
Did you know that your refrigerator actually uses less energy when it’s full? This is a great tip because it’s not just about saving money but also saving energy. An empty fridge runs more and sucks up more energy. Pitchers of water and other drinks, throw a watermelon in there, etc.The same is true of your freezer (hooray for ice cream, right?) as well as your dishwasher. Also, when it comes to the dishwasher, use the delayed star if you have that option. That way, you’re running it at off-peak hours and saving money.
3. Enjoy What You Eat
I know, sounds like a no-brainer, right? Except, these days people are trying any number of the no carbs after 3pm, fruit and rice only, Atkins-tinged, food diets that they don’t always end up sticking to. By really knowing the foods that you like that are also good for you, you can get away from eating what you feel you need to and eat more of what you love, all while saving money!
4. Make Your Food Last Longer
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Got a money-saving tip you’d like to share? Leave it in the comments below!