Every Friday we’ll be giving you Four Money Saving Tips to help you save dollars daily.
A dollar doesn’t sound like much money today. But it adds up quick if you start using these tips.
Saving Money Wherever You Can Everyday!
Food Saving Tips
1. For certain vegetables and fruits money can be saved by growing your own or, at the very least, picking your own. Gardening can be fun and rewarding, as well as educational. Going to a pick-your-own farm or orchard once in a while can be a great outing for the family, and provide you with low-cost produce for those favorite recipes you can make ahead of time.
2. Do not hesitate to change a recipe so it can be made less expensively. It will help your budget, and may even taste a bit better. Be creative. For instance, does the recipe really need all the meat it calls for? Or, perhaps, a different, less expensive, meat can be substituted. Maybe you can stretch that hamburger by adding some bread or cottage cheese. Or, instead of that brand name ingredient named in the recipe, can a more generic ingredient serve just as well. Can you use a little more filler like potatoes and beans to stretch a recipe? Maybe a little less sugar would be good, or eliminating ingredients that enhance a recipe’s color, but do not contribute to taste, would be OK. It’s just a matter of always trying to reduce the cost of a recipe in any way possible, while maintaining its nutrition and taste.
3. You can even make some meals ahead of time that only need to be refrigerated, and that you intend on eating in the next several days. So, you do not have to cook every night to save money with home cooked meals. Just plan ahead, save and enjoy the convenience of coming home and just heating up one of your home cooked meals.
4. Instead of buying those ready-made baby foods, consider making your own. It’s quite easy. You pretty much just need to puree cooked foods for the baby, and add a little water. You can also puree fruit, bananas, apples, pears, and ect. Be aware of what foods your baby should be eating. Freeze the pureed food in ice cube trays, and pop them into freezer bags when they harden. Take them out as you need them. It’s a great timesaver, money saver, plus you will be avoiding a lot of salt, sugar and preservatives. Don’t forget breast feeding your baby costs less and it’s better for the baby. You can pump and store the extra breast milk in the freezer so others can have the pleasure of feeding your baby too.