Can you eat well for less money?
When you go to the grocery store to do some major food shopping, how long is it before you find yourself having to go back to do it all again? It’s tough when you can’t seem to make stuff last as long as you would like. But I’ve found some great ways of stretching our groceries so that I can make the next shopping trip go a little bit further into the future. Allow me to share them with you here.
Stretch Your Food Budget! How To Make Your Meals Go Further
Here are some useful food shopping tips to try:
1. Eat less.
One great but rather obvious tip is to simply cut down on your portion sizes. I know, it sounds obvious doesn’t it? But I tried this with a few things and I found that I could still enjoy a nice meal without feeling hungry afterward –- even when I cut the portion size by around a third. The upshot is that I’ve started dropping a bit of excess weight as well!
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2. Avoid or minimize junk food.
Avoiding snacks has its (obvious) advantages. Firstly, this means you end up spending less on your food budget as junk food and various snacks (and processed foods) tend to be costly; and secondly, there’s the positive effect this has on one’s weight and health.
3. Bulk up your meals.
Have you tried adding extra ingredients to your meals to make them go further? It sounds like a paradox doesn’t it? You’re adding things to your dishes to make sure you go shopping for food less often. And yet it does work.
I’m talking about ideas such as bulking up homemade soup by adding cheap pasta to it. You can make a meal of something that would otherwise be a snack, and since pasta is so cheap to buy, you can add it quite easily without spending much more on your shopping bill.
4. Dress up your leftovers.
If you’ve got a creative eye or a fertile imagination, you can do quite a bit with leftovers. For instance, I tend not to think of cooking for a single meal. Instead, I will think about how I can make the most out of everything I am cooking so I have something for the future as well. A classic example would involve cooking a chicken for a Sunday roast. Even if I know that virtually the whole chicken will be consumed, I will still strip off a few slices so I can make a single chicken pie for myself later in the week. Once I began thinking along these lines, I was constantly coming up with new and interesting ways to make meals go further, pretty much every time.
5. Try not to throw anything away.
There could be a use for everything. My biggest lesson was never to throw anything away if I could possibly help it. For instance, before dishing up a meal for two, I’d see whether I could split the meal into three portions instead. If this was possible (and most of the time it was a possibility), I would designate and freeze a portion for later in the week. Many meals can also be bulked up by serving them with a bread roll. These dishes are usually very cheap, and you can freeze them and subsequently defrost one or two at a time as needed, during the week.
You can try a few of these suggestions to see if you can save money on your next shopping trip. If you can apply all of these tips and think of some more as well, you should be heading to the store a lot less often as a result.
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