Want to save money on groceries? These money saving tips for the kitchen will cut your restaurant and grocery stores costs in half…and you may even drop a few pounds while you’re at it.
Before the tips, a quip:
“I don’t like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves.” ~ Joe Louis.
Cooking with wine isn’t a tip for saving money on cooking at home…unless you drink enough to impair your tastebuds so you can happily dine on crackers and Cheez Whiz! I’m kidding — I do not advocate drinking and driving crackers down your gullet.
If you’re serious about saving money in the kitchen, read 5 Meals for $5 – How to Feed 5 People 5 Meals for $5.00 – $8.00 or Less! You Don’t Need to Be Wealthy To Eat Healthy.
And, here are my seven money saving tips for cooking at home…
7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Groceries
Halve the amount of meat you use
Add filler (oats, crackers, mashed potatoes) to your burgers, meatballs, or meat loaves and use half the amount of ground beef. Instead of cooking a whole steak or chicken breast, cut half of one portion into strips and put it into a stir fry. Nobody will notice there’s not a full portion.
Splurge on a chicken or roast on Sunday night
We’ll rotisserie a chicken or roast on the BBQ, and then use the meat for meals all week: sandwiches for lunch, stir fries for dinner, etc. Don’t go overboard on the amount of meat you use. Remember that a proper food portion can fit into the palm of your hand - the size of a deck of cards.
Enjoy your leftovers
To save money on groceries, do NOT throw anything away. I love leftovers – the flavors have had a chance to meld into a sweet symphony of taste. I use my leftover rice, mashed potatoes, or stir fry veggies in soups or stews. I eat leftover pizza and potato salad for breakfast. I refuse to cook new dishes until we’ve eaten our leftovers.
Freeze the leftovers you can’t eat
Freezing your leftovers is another great way to save money in your own kitchen, and save time as well (it’s quicker to thaw a meal than cook one from scratch). Anything can be frozen; if it doesn’t thaw well – like rice – then add it to soups or stews.
Make your own dressings and sauces
We don’t use dressings on our salads; instead, we sprinkle sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and raisons on top. It’s healthier and tastier! I make my own BBQ sauce – much more delicious than store bought – and my hubby makes cocktail sauce and bean dip. Have fun making your own dips and sauces – it’s a money saving tip that allows you to be creative.
Experiment with the food in your kitchen
Make sure you always have food at home – here are 7 Tips for Saving Money on Your Grocery Bill – and don’t be afraid to try new things in the kitchen. It’s easier to experiment with cooking than baking. For instance, we’ve been adding canned corn to our spaghetti sauces and pizza toppings – it’s a great way to save money on cooking because it’s cheap, filling, and delicious.
Experiment with egg recipes
The high egg-cholesterol scare is over! There’s no need to fear eggs – as long as you don’t eat them every day. Plus, Canadian researchers have recently learned that eggs may reduce high blood pressure. So, make it a habit to cook an eggy dinner once a week: frittatas, lazy man’s quiches, omelettes, French Toast with bacon.
Need more money tips? Read When It’s Not Smart to Loan Money to Someone You’re Close to.
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I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; my husband Bruce and I live in Vancouver, BC with our critters. We can't have kids, and are learning to accept whatever life brings - both good and bad. I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology. I hope you say hello below - I can't give relationship advice, but writing can bring you clarity and insight.