The aftermath of the global pandemic coupled with the geopolitical consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a sharp increase in the cost of living. So much so, that many experts believe a recession will soon follow suit. Given these conditions, many families are struggling to make ends meet and fulfill their financial commitments at the end of the month.
No matter what is going on in the world, learning to be frugal and cut down on costs is a skill that should be continuously developed. Many people feel overwhelmed when it comes to finances. However, learning how to save money isn’t as hard as it looks. There are hundreds of savings techniques that can be applied to every aspect of your life.
In this blog, we’ll be exploring all the different methods and techniques you can adopt to cut down the costs associated with your kitchen. Keep reading to find out what they are…
Ditch the Disposables
Ditching the disposables in your kitchen can help save hundreds of dollars and tons of plastic, so you’ll be doing your wallet (and the environment) a big favour. Rather than re-purchasing single-use plastic items, you can invest in a quality product that will last you years. For example, switch the plastic plates for ceramic products and swap out your plastic Ziplock bags for reusable silicone ones.
Boot the Bottled Water
Drinking water is essential to keeping good health and experts suggest you should be drinking up to 3 litres every day. This can be a lot to keep track of, especially if you have to nip to the supermarket every time you run out of bottled water. We suggest you boot the bottles and switch to water filter cartridges. Not only will this save you time and money, but it’s also much better for the environment.
Make Meal Plans
Looking into the fridge when you’re hungry and seeing you have nothing to eat is incredibly frustrating. Sure, you may have a few ingredients lying around, but nothing that will pair well enough to make a meal. Before you head out to do your weekly shop, you should have a list of ingredients that correlate with a well-thought-out meal plan. This way, you’ll only be purchasing items you truly need.
Avoid Food Waste
If you want to start making some savings in the kitchen, you should start by saving the bits of food you normally throw away. Of course, you should always remember to eat your leftovers, but we’re talking about using the parts of the ingredients that normally end up in the bin. For example, you can save chicken bones to make stock and use the storks of broccoli in your recipes. If you’re in need of some inspiration, here are some recipes to help cut down on food waste.
Create a Compost Bin
If you have outdoor space in your home, you should seriously consider making your own compost bin. If you’re an avid gardener, you’ll be able to use the compost heap as a low-cost source of nutrients for your plants. For those who like to grow their own fruit and veg, this is an excellent way to speed along the process and make some savings simultaneously.
Buy in Bulk and Freeze Food
When you see a deal at the grocery store that’s simply too good to refuse, then don’t refuse it! Similarly, buying in bulk can often help secure much higher savings, so take advantage of these discounts. If you know you won’t get through all the food you’ve bought, you can simply store the rest in the freezer. We recommend you divide them into portion sizes to make defrosting easier.
Get a Toaster Oven
If you live alone and you’re not a professional chef, why not make do with your toaster oven? It costs much more money and energy to switch on your typical oven that it does to use a toaster oven for the same amount of time. Plus, you can cook incredible meals in them – check out these recipes.
Hopefully, these tips and tricks have inspired you to make some worthwhile changes to your way of living. Encourage others in your home to follow suit and soon, you’ll make more savings than you ever thought was possible. Although some of these items and methods may incur initial investment fees, you’ll be able to cut down on costs in the long run. When it comes to being frugal, every little bit counts.