Food is a major human necessity. Everyone needs food to survive. Food expenses consume a major part of our income. And it is even more difficult to take care of feeding expenses in these difficult and unprecedented times we are in. You cannot avoid spending on food altogether, but you can at least reduce the amount you spend on it monthly or yearly.
Below are tips and tricks that can help you make the most out of your monthly feeding budget.
9. Prepare Most Of Your Food At Home.
Most people often opt for fast-food/meals at restaurant to satisfy their daily food needs. But it would be better to prepare all your meals at home. Restaurants and hotels often add to the normal price of the food stuffs used in preparing their meals so they will make profits. That alone makes eating at home way cheaper than patronizing restaurants. If you want to cut down on the amount of money you spend monthly on food, then you have to take this option. More so food stuffs used in meal preparations at these eat-out places sometimes preserved in unhealthy ways. You would be better off preparing your own meal at home with natural and freshly healthy ingredients.
8. Make A Plan Before Shopping For Groceries
Making a plan based on things you intend to purchase will save you unnecessary hassle, and will prevent you from misspending. Make a plan of the things you need, their prices and then know how much all in total will cost. This will not only help you save time but also money. If you skip this step, one of the outcomes can be preparing underwhelming dishes. Why? Because you can remember a food ingredient you need for your cooking that you didn't buy while already in the middle of your cooking. You will then have to prepare you meal without them resulting in ill-prepared meals. Besides that, who has the time to go wandering in supermarkets and shops for hours on end shopping groceries? That's what lack of planning can do.
7. Grow Vegetables Of Your Own
You can choose to keep a little garden of herbs and veggies in your home. If you are lucky you may have a little piece of land where you live, you can go on and grow some of the vegetables you need on it. It will save you a lot of money. Not only so, there are other advantages to it. First of all it will be cheaper, secondly it will be healthier because it will be fresher than market-bought vegetables. And lastly it will save you time. You can even sell some of you veggies to make extra money for the purchase of food stuffs you cant produce yourself. Even if you don't have access to a small parcel of land you can do your veggie-growing in pots and containers. Click here to know how you can do that.
6. Know When To Purchase Food Stuffs And When You Do Purchase Them In Bulk
One good secret to saving on food expenses is purchasing you needed food stuffs at the right time, in bulk and storing them for later use. Watch out for times in the year when the price of food items are low or cheap and purchase them in bulk and store them. If you keep buying in small quantities, you will spend more money. That's because sellers give discounts when you buy in large quantities. If you buy in copious quantities you will have no need to buy when the price of food stuffs rise in the market, thereby saving your money.
5. Cut Down On The Amount Of Meat You Consume
Meat is one of the costliest food items on the market and can drain a lot out of your monthly feeding budget. You will want to reduce the amount of meat you consume to save money. You can also replace meat with other cheaper similar items, like seafood. This way it will help you save money.
4. Cut Down On The Waste
For you to do this you will need good storage facilities or machines like a refrigerator or a deep freezer. Store leftover food and vegetables in them to minimize waste. Also store you meat and fish in them. It will help you cut down on your spending.
3. Prepare For Emergencies
If you live in a country where power supply is unreliable, learn to preserve you food stuffs with alternative preservation methods when electric power is not available. You can try smoking, salting, sun-drying, etc. Click here for preservation methods to help you store your food and avoid waste.
2. Learn To Make Shrewd Purchases
It is very important to learn how to shop for food items smartly. When you are presented with the price of a food item, try to haggle the price to something you can be comfortable paying for. You can learn necessary haggling skills here.
1. Try Different Grocery Stores/Food Item Sellers
This can help you buy things at cheap prices as different sellers all sell at different prices. However be conscious of the quality of food items you purchase. It is better to purchase an item of good quality at a higher price than a low-quality one at a cheap price. This will ensure that you eat healthy.
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