You earn to eat and eat to live so food is considered as the basic necessity for everyone. Cooking three meals a day is a ritual. Food is to satisfy pangs of hunger; we eat in celebrations, we eat for pleasure.So you are spending big share of your income on food. One should know how to prepare meals using inexpensive ingredients, preserving the rest for long time and cooking and shopping tips that can save you money.
TIPS THAT CAN SAVE YOU MONEY
PLAN AND PREPARE SHOPPING LIST:
Write all the grocery items that you will need in the coming month or week. This will help you buy only things of necessity and keeps you from buying extra things. A planned grocery list helps you get in and out fast from store.
DON’T GO SHOPPING EMPTY STOMACH:
Get your stomach full before stepping out to buy things. Empty stomach will distract you and make you crave for things that doesn’t fit your budget and health .
GO GREEN WITH YOUR OWN VEGETABLES:
Yes; growing green leafy vegetables at your own garden can be both economical and healthy. Some vegetables like potatoes, peas, spring onions, garlic can be grown easily at home. Growing vegetables at home cut down your expenses and contribute to a good health.
Try to crack deal at right time and price. Always look for items in discount and sale. Buying in bulk can get you things in lesser price than marked rate.
Try to visit the store late in evening when stores wants to get rid of all perishable goods because they get spoiled when not refrigerated or consumed within time. These perishable goods includes meat, fish, dairy products and breads.
TRY FREEZING FOOD:
Try freezing foods for a longer use. Some vegetable like peas, carrot, green beans can be frozen at home and can be later used in many dishes. Some foods and vegetables costs less in frozen form.
START TO LOVE EGGS AND POTATOES:
Potatoes are rich source of potassium, Vitamin C, B6 and are Cholesterol free. Other than high nutritional value, they are cheap and easily available in all seasons.
Start loving eggs, either omelette or scrambled because it’s not only cheap but one large egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, all for 70 calories. While egg whites contain some of the eggs’ high-quality protein, riboflavin and selenium, the majority of an egg’s nutrient package is found in the yolk.
USE EFFICIENT COOKING TECHNIQUES:
Indulge in cooking techniques that save you time and money. Try cooking food in pressure cooker or a pan with closed lid. This will cook the food early and save cooking gas.