The kitchen is where all the good stuff happens – food! But as we all know, keeping your fridge stocked isn’t the only expensive part of the kitchen. Keeping it clean, making sure that appliances are well looked after, these are some of the expensive bits of any kitchen.
But we have scoured the internet to find some interesting, quick and easy ways to save money in the kitchen.
1. Cook from scratch, this way you are able to eat healthier and save money all in one go!
2. Make a meal plan based off of what you already have in the house, this saves you money and make sure that nothing goes to waste. If you aren’t too sure what you could make out of a few obscure ingredients, why not try https://www.epicurious.com/ ? Type in the ingredients you have lying around and it will put together a few recipe suggestions for you to try.
3. Stay out of the grocery store. Plan your shopping so that you go less frequently and go with a list – this minimises your exposure to the outside world (we are in the middle of a pandemic) and allows you to stay within your budget.
4. Try your hand at making your own detergents and cleaners. This website https://www.gracefullittlehoneybee.com/30-items-can-make-home-save-money/ gives a few really simple recipes that can be made with some products we have lying around the house! From DIY hand sanitizer to laundry detergent, to floor cleaner wipes and all-purpose cleaner – this is a good website to bookmark!
5. Buy items in bulk! Things such as cleaning detergents or even our amazing Household Towel. We have a 3 factory stores located around Gauteng where we have amazing specials on our serviettes and household towels. If you find yourself outside of the province, do not fret! We have a wide range of paper products that will definitely meet your needs; such as the Mega Household towel! This big-big household towel roll comes with 100 sheets on each roll (not 50). Talk about convenient and value for money!
6. Do not put hot food into a cold fridge – this sucks up unnecessary energy to keep the ambient temperature in your fridge low. Rather wait for the food to cool a little before storing it in the fridge if possible.
7. Why not start a mini kitchen garden? A lot of the fresh produce we buy from the stores can continue to provide you with food if you replant the vegetable. Celery, lettuce and spring onions can all grow if left in water. Cut off the stems (leaving a little for love) and place them in glasses of shallow water – now watch these babies grow!
8. If you have more of a green thumb, consider growing seasonal vegetables in your garden! What’s more, you can use old store receipts as shredded compost to sweeten the deal.
9. Eat seasonably – if avocados are out of season, they cost an arm and a leg to purchase. But when in season, it’s almost as if the stores are giving them away for the price. Choose your food according to what is in season (we know cravings hit, but a Janu-worry wallet cannot keep up with the Dezember lifestyle).
10. When all else fails – make soup! It is super nutritional and can be made from just about anything and everything left in the fridge!
These seem like small actions, but they all add up!
Every penny counts in the month of Janu-Worry!
Keystone Wealth. 2021. 10 Ways To Save Money In The Kitchen And Save The Planet – Keystone Wealth. [online] Available at: <https://keystonewealth.com.au/latest-articles/10-ways-to-save-money-in-the-kitchen-and-save-the-planet> [Accessed 22 December 2020].
Rakes, M., 2021. 30 Simple Ways To Save Money In The Kitchen. [online] Graceful Little Honey Bee. Available at: <https://www.gracefullittlehoneybee.com/30-simple-ways-save-money-kitchen/> [Accessed 12 January 2021].