Need ways to save a little money? If so this post on 8 quick ways to save some money today will help you out. Are you putting each of these into practice? If so, which is your favorite way?
You don’t need to clip coupons to save money. Just apply a little savvy and you too can be a savvy saver!
1) Buy foods as close to possible in the way they were originally made.
For example, whole chicken rather than boneless, skinless chicken breast, or dried beans rather than canned. It is much cheaper to buy that way, and healthier too.
2) Cook from scratch instead of buying packaged products.
Again, besides being cheaper, it is much better for you. It is not difficult to learn to make simple foods from scratch, and there are a multitude of recipes for free online and on the Mummy Deals Pinterest board.
3) Grocery shop at Aldi if possible.
Be sure to be a smart shopper and compare prices so that you are sure not to get hood-winked! There are a few items that are cheaper at other places.
4) Substitute ground turkey for ground beef in your recipes.
It is sometimes cheaper than ground beef, and in most cases, it is very difficult to tell the difference. I have served dishes with ground turkey even to picky company and they were not able to tell the difference.
5) Remember these five foods: potatoes, beans, rice, eggs, tuna.
In our particularly lean times, we have invented hundreds of meals using these simple foods. They are extremely versatile, as well economical, and fairly nutritious too.
6) If you are into healthy food, look into buying from a local food co-op.
You can buy dried beans, whole oats, brown rice, wheat berries, etc that way in bulk for a fraction of the cost, and it’s organic too!
7) Cook in Bulk.
In order to simplify life while not buying packaged, pre-prepared foods, cook in bulk every time you cook, and freeze! For example, make a BIG pot (or crock pot) of soup, stew, beans, etc. and freeze in meal-sized portions.
If you are making lasagna or a casserole for supper, it is not that much more work to make two instead of one and freeze the extra. Brown double the amount of ground meat that you need and freeze the extra. Cook a couple of chickens at once, pick the meat off the bones, and freeze. Then it is ready for future casseroles, soups or stir-fries. Once you get in the habit of cooking and freezing this way, meal preparation becomes so much easier. On a super busy day or on a day that Mom gets sick, you can just pull a casserole out of the freezer instead of resorting to going through a drive-thru on the way home or making ramen noodles for supper! And if you have the meat already cooked and ready, the rest of the meal is much faster and easier to put together.
8) Try to minimize the amount of disposable products you use.
Clean up messes with real towels or rags rather than paper towels. Wash those plates rather than using paper or Styrofoam. Consider using cloth napkins rather than paper. Cloth napkins are super easy to make, even for the most inexperienced seamstress, and they add a lot of class to a dinner table too.