You are the first person to admit that you’re a spendaholic combined with a foodie; when the two worlds collide it can be hugely catastrophic to your health and bank balance. You are always looking for ways to save money so you need to get savvier in the kitchen. This lifestyle overhaul will also help you to feel much more energized and healthier for the long run. Whether you’re trying to stop wasting money by cooking more or you simply want to improve your lifestyle a little, you can use the following advice to get more creative in the kitchen.
1.Invest in Good Equipment
If your kitchen cupboards are sparse and lacking in decent equipment, then you are going to have no desire to cook delicious meals everyday. You need a whole host of basic items to get your creativity flowing in the kitchen, from a high quality stainless steel pan to a set of Tupperware for carrying your lunches to and from work. As soon as you have mastered the art of equipping your kitchen, you will be ready to make some yummy dishes and plenty of savings along the way.
As a side note, I would like to add that it is important to invest in quality kitchenware. Make sure you do your research about which products last a long time and which do not. Do not feel bad about spending money on quality kitchenware now as it will save you a lot of money in the future when you do not have to replace anything in a few months.
Cook In Bulk
Your best option when it comes to cooking is to do it all in bulk. It will not only save you a ton of time in the kitchen, but it will also make your bank account happy. Whether you’re cooking up a warming winter curry or a green veggie soup, try to double the ingredients and store the leftovers in the freezer. Cooking in bulk is also great when you find recipes that you love that do not cost a lot of money to make. Another great tip is to buy meat in bulk when it is on sale and use that for your bulk cooking.
The next time you get home from work and you have nothing inspiring in your fridge, you can reach for the healthier option you made a couple of weeks ago. If you have food prepared on days you do not want to cook, you are less likely to resort to eating out. This method has saved my family a ton of money!
Reduce Your Meat Consumption
For the sake of the environment and your bank balance, you might want to explore new ways to cooking without meat. A diet rich in beans, legumes and vegetables will not only be much cheaper but it is also much more sustainable for the planet. Instead of your usual beef chilli, why not cook up a red lentil and butterbean option instead? Choose avocado, falafel and hummus instead of your usual chicken mayo sandwich. These simple and healthy switches will be much kinder to your costs and your health.
Pack Your Meals To Go
If you’re getting creative in the kitchen you need to make the most of meal prepping ahead of time. When you’re making dinner, pop the leftovers in a Tupperware box and take it to work the next day. You will be saving a tonne of money in the long run. I have personally seen the difference in my bank statements when I started taking my meals to work instead of eating out. Just think, spending $5 a day (usually more) on lunch is $25 a week and $100 a month that you could be saving. If you have a spouse or kids, it is a good idea to convince everyone in your family to take lunches with them to school or work. They may even help in the cooking process.
Now that you have the basic elements of a healthy and well stocked kitchen, you will be ready to take everyday by storm. Instead of popping to your local cafe for a sandwich and a coffee you can prepare all of this the night before you go to work. Eating well doesn’t have to cost you heaven and earth so make sure you do your research and find workable ways to get your budget and health back on track.