The idea of slashing how much you spend on food is a worrisome idea for some. Perhaps a startling statistic will place it in perspective: in 2018 the US wasted $900 billion worth of food. As you ponder that figure, it is certain that you will begin to note how much food you mindlessly throw into the trash. If you keenly wish to save both money and reduce the insane waste, consider the following tips.
Don’t guess, keep a list
Before heading out, check your fridge and pantry for what’s left. Going without a list is a recipe for waste. You have to make a plan for the foods you will eat in a given week. If you are off pasta, don’t purchase them to “stock” for when you need them. Stick to things you will undoubtedly eat. Only put extra stuff on the cart when you’ve come across an impressive sale that covers the cost of the item you wish to buy. Even then, think of that as you losing potential savings.
Focus on making simple, tasty meals
There are shows and YouTube channels dedicated to making the most delicious foods on a budget. There are those who even manage to make $2 meals with canned foods. If you are continually purchasing frozen meals or buying out, then you won’t be able to save much. Move past kitchen-phobia and begin making simple meals. There are five to fifteen- minute meals even for the busiest person to hack. Leave the slow cooking for off-days and holidays. That goes for a spousal support lawyer or a kindergarten teacher.
Use meats and produce on sale
There is no shame in going for sales even with foods. The aim here is saving, but equally, you are not compromising the quality of food you’re eating. The deals are around the “sell by” date in supermarkets, but it doesn’t mean the food is expired. In the same way, work around the items that are on sale; it increases your menu options.
If you are to reduce your budget you’ll have to make sure you are purchasing groceries after what you previously had is used. If you toss it out, then it’s an indication to buy less of the item. Also, aim to have a look through your fridge for what you can make based on what needs to be eaten before going bad. Working around cravings means certain foods will continually get tossed out. You require honesty with yourself; celery is good. However, if you keep promising to start using them but never do, stop buying them. Even with left-overs; a search online will give you fantastic ideas on what to make.
Cook in bulk
Another way to spend less on food is by watching your cooking style. Making singular meals often leads to waste especially when the leftovers are not “enough” for a full meal. It is usually a product of overestimation while cooking. Instead, cook in batches and freeze the rest. Apart from saving you on prep time, you always know you have go-to food in the freezer for days you’re not keen to cook. You then end up on the money you would have spent on takeout.