It is indeed a fact that food is one of the essential things for a person, it is an everyday necessity in order for a person to survive, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you would need to spend a lot of money when it comes to food. There are a lot of creative ways to actually get decent foods without paying for too much, and here are some of them.
“If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior décor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t do it in it.”Marc Boyle
EAT AT HOME
This has got to be best way to save money when it comes to food. By making your meals at home, you have the control over everything. It is way healthier since you are the one making it. Eating out can be pretty expensive especially if you eat at restaurants with service charges, it is not bad to eat out but if you’re cutting money out from your food budget then it is best to eat at home.
There are endless of advantages when it comes to eating at home, like the fact that you can enhance your time management skills since you can cook and do other things at the same time, like cleaning up, doing laundry, take care of your children if you have any. It is also a chance for you to spend time with your family, it can be a bonding moment. There is no need to for you to take cooking classes just so you could cook, there are a lot of tutorials on the Internet where you could simply follow, they even have the easier recipes, so you have nothing to worry about.
PLAN YOUR MEALS
Another great way to save money on food is to sit down and plan your meals. Like what was mentioned above, there is no need for a person to have professional cooking skills just to make a simple meal. There are hundreds of videos on the internet where you could learn how to make a certain meal. Once you have had the chance to think of dishes to make, it is best to think of meals good for a week, so that when you go shopping for ingredients, you could shop all at once, good for an entire week, which will save you time, effort and money on gas. It is also ideal to list down everything you need so that you wouldn’t just get whatever you think, which may be unnecessary. Also, consider every ingredient and how important it is in the dish, if a certain ingredient is just for garnish, then it is not necessary for you to get it.
“It is said that for money you can have everything, but you cannot. You can buy food, but not appetite, fun but not joy, acquaintances, but not friends, leisure but not peace. You can have the husk of everything for money, but not the kernel.” Arne Garborg
COUPONS AND DISCOUNTS
It is also ideal for you to watch out for coupons and discounts. Coupons are so convenient, and most of the time, they have great deals, but you have to make sure to check the expiration dates if the products are perishable. It is also best to consider what you’re gonna use the product for because you will just waste money if you end up just stacking it in the pantry since you don’t know what to use it for.
DON’T GO SHOPPING WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY
Last but definitely not the least, is the fact that you must not go grocery shopping with an empty stomach. It is like simple logic, because obviously when a person is hungry, every single food item looks so delicious to him or her. It is also ideal not to bring kids if you have any when shopping since they might ask for things that are not on your list. If you’re bringing your kids then have a talk with them regarding the fact that you’re going to shop for the things that are only on the list, you must also be a good example to them and not get anything unnecessary.