There are an insane number of ways to save money if you decide to embark on that path but one often overlooked area is the kitchen. Yes, you can start saving even while you cook. Read on.
- Use one ingredient multiple times: Take the example of a roasted chicken. Buying a whole bird is more economical than in pieces. You can use the meat in multiple ways and plan meals for the whole week. You can use the leftover bones in stock, shredded pieces in the sandwich and the main meat for a casserole.
- Useless meat: Meat is not the only source of protein; you can substitute it with beans, eggs and peanut butter which are healthier and cheaper. You can use meat alongside vegetables in smaller portions.
- Buy dried beans: Canned food is not only expensive but also loaded with sodium. Instead, buy the dry legumes; they are easy to cook and really cheap. You can cook large quantities and freeze them for future use.
- Make your own salad dressings and sauces: Store bought salad dressings are small in quantity but big in price. But many of these dressings can be easily made at home. by making your own dressing you are not only controlling the ingredients and their purity but also cutting on costs as homemade sauces and dressings are really cheap.
- Buy in Bulk: Not only things like spices can be bought in bulk and stored in airtight containers but even fresh produce in season is really cheap and can be bought in bulk. Frozen foods do not lose their nutrition and hence this product can be blanched and frozen for future use.
With a little bit of planning and some bit of scouring the local newspapers for discounts and offers you can save significantly on your groceries; and if you happen to have coupons from CouponoBox even better.