How Home Cooking Will Save You Money
7 Reasons Why Home Cooking Saves Money
1. Growing your own food has to be the easiest and most satisfying way to save money. Some foods almost grow themselves. Staples such as carrots, potatoes and onions take time to mature but are very forgiving to new gardeners. Other faster maturing staples are ideal for summer delights. Lettuce, tomatoes and spring onions are almost a meal on a plate.
2. Using seasonal food either from your local supermarket or your backyard makes dollar sense. I remember looking forward to the first strawberries of the season and trying to make sure the vegetable garden produced new potatoes and peas in time for Christmas dinner (Southern hemisphere seasons). It seemed very strange to have tomatoes and strawberries all year round when I moved to the UK.
3. Bartering often becomes second nature to vegetable growers and results in your money saving hobby being shared around. My personal favourite is swapping a mixed box of vegetables for baking. Don’t be shy. Remember that bartering is the oldest form of currency
4. Home cooking simple recipes also has the advantage of allowing you to “cook one, save one” Single seniors often complain that cooking for one is too much effort but if you know you are going to have a busy day out all you have to do is remember to take your prepared meal out of the freezer before you leave. Homemade drinks are a tasty way to use in season fruits as well as improving your health!
5. Before you go shopping make a list of what you need. Plan ahead to avoid multiple trips. The more times you go shopping for food the more likely you are to make a compulsive purchase, a “reward” goodie or the “two for the price of one” purchase that turns out to be uneatable! Remember the supermarkets are skilled in the art of psychological buying practices.
6. Shopping for specials should also be part of your planning ahead goal. Did you know you can pick up some really good bargains later in the day?
7. If you think that eating out can be cheaper than home cooking I wonder if you have ever factored in the extras? The couple of glasses of wine, transport costs, tipping and of course that little treat at the end?