CREATIVE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY WHEN COOKING
Cooking your meals at home helps save cash but we thought you would enjoy some additional ways to save money. After all, most of us could use a little more cash in our pockets and less money expended on food. Here are several Creative Ways to Save Money When Cooking!
"Learn to cook eggs…scrambled, omelets, fried, poached. They go well with veggies or fruit or just with a piece of toast. They taste great in sandwiches. A dozen of regular eggs is still less than $2. They have about 100 calories each and 6 grams of protein. If you're trying to lose weight and short on cash, eggs + steamy veggies = a great, cheap meal." [i]
“Dig into the back of your pantry and discover all of the meals you can make without having to go to the grocery store. Get creative with how you can use the ingredients you have on hand. Even if you can’t make a complete meal, you will likely only need one or two things from the store. Using what you already have in your pantry is an excellent way to save money while also avoiding wasting food.”[ii]
"Bread ends and crusts can be double-bagged and frozen; when you have a sufficient amount, make stuffing or bread crumbs. Those crumbs at the bottom of the tortilla or potato chip bag? Save them in a mason jar. They make tasty breading for fried food." [iii]
“Another good habit to get into is cooking in bulk and breaking it down into portions. You can save both time and money by making a tray of lasagna, ziti, chicken, or even a meatloaf, and splitting it up into several meals. Keep some in the fridge for this week, and freeze the rest for next week.”[iv]
“I do a leftover meal. Once a week I go through leftovers, things that will go bad soon, or almost-done items and put them together. Sometimes it's mac 'n' cheese with real cheese. Other times it's an odd stir fry with Indian leftovers and eggplant."[v]
[i] Rachel Sanders, BUZZ Feed Staff, BUZZ Feed, accessed 2 July 2020, < https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/cooking-on-a-budget>. [ii] Money Mini Blog Editorial Staff, Money Mini Blog, accessed 2 July 2020, < https://moneyminiblog.com/save-money/save-money-cooking-home/>. [iii] Rachel Sanders, BUZZ Feed Staff, BUZZ Feed, accessed 2 July 2020, < https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/cooking-on-a-budget>. [iv] Ann Lloyd, Student Saving Guide, accessed 2 July 2020, < http://studentsavingsguide.com/about-me-and-the-student-savings-guide/>. [v] Rachel Sanders, BUZZ Feed Staff, BUZZ Feed, accessed 2 July 2020, < https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/cooking-on-a-budget>.