When you make your own salad, the ingredients will be fresher (and thus have more vitamins and nutrients), tastier and more interesting to look at (they won’t be packed with wilting browning leaves).
Lettuce lasts well when refrigerated and makes a perfect base for the homemade salad. Give it a try! Beter for your wallet and better for your body.
Buy Meat When It’s On Sale
For the carnivores out there, if you want to reduce the costs of your meat shopping then buy your meat when it’s on sale and buy it in bulk.
Then freeze it.
Freezing won’t hurt the meat and it can stay frozen for 3 months before you need to use it.
You can also save money on vegetables by buying them when they’re in season (and thus cheap) and freezing them for when you want to eat them.
Grow Your Own Vegetables
Salads are awesome. They’re even better when you grow your own ingredients.
A pack of seeds to grow leafy vegetables will cost less than $5 and you can grow, literally, hundreds of plants from them.
That’s roughly the same price as a single bag of greens from the supermarket.
Hundreds of plants or one? It’s easy to see which is cheaper, right?
Don’t Be Afraid Of Frozen Vegetables
If the “fresh” fruit and vegetables you buy aren’t local, they aren’t all that fresh. It takes time to harvest and then transport and pack and repack for retail sale. All that time, your “fresh” ingredients are becoming much less fresh.
Frozen vegetables and fruit, on the other hand, go from the field to freezing on the same day. They’re fresher than fresh vegetables much of the time.
They also taste good and frozen food rarely goes to waste.
Get Spices In Bulk
Don’t buy little bottles of spices you use regularly.
The price per ounce is usually insane.
The retailer relies on you not noticing because you’re only buying a small quantity and that gives them very healthy margins.
Instead, buy spices in bulk.
They have a very long shelf-life but not indefinite so aim for a 6-12 month supply each time you buy.
Check Out Other Bulk Deals
Cereals, grains, seeds, nuts, etc. can all be bought in bulk too.
Now, it’s fair to say they’re not always a bargain but check out the price per ounce over the smaller shelf quantities and if you can find a decent saving – take advantage.
Just make sure you buy what you need. You only save by buying in bulk if you don’t throw half of it away because it’s started to rot on your shelves.
Get Into Canned Fish
Canned fish is ridiculously cheap and it’s also ridiculously healthy.
It’s packed to the brim with Omega-3 oils and doctors say that’s the best fat you can eat.
You don’t want to serve it on its own as the flavors can be overwhelming but get the right mixed dish and they’re really tasty!
Watch The Fish Counter For Special Offers
Seafood is a chef’s favorite item. It’s so versatile and there are so many different flavors to enjoy.
Sadly, it can also be quite expensive, but I’ve found that the fish counter always has one or two great deals on at any given time.
Buy the fish you want and freeze it. It will freeze for as long as meat will.
In fact, you may find that frozen fish is much cheaper than the stuff being sold “fresh”.
If that’s the case, buy it pre-frozen.
Stock Up On Staples When They Go On Sale
I find that many chains offer their own brand “value” products and these can be really good but if you’re like me and there are some brand names that you’re not willing to give up, then buying them in bulk when they’re on a promotion is a very good idea.
Canned goods, pasta, etc. have really long (if not endless) shelf-life so stocking up carries no real risks.
Ground Beef Is A Brilliant Addition To Your Kitchen Regime
Ground beef can be made into hamburgers, pasta dishes, salads and more.
It’s also dirt cheap and lean.
I love to turn it into meatloaf too.
Whichever way you go with ground beef, you can’t go wrong. Your kids will love it and your wallet will too.
Potatoes Are Superstars
Potatoes get a bad rap but they’re full of fiber, and Vitamin C and they’re a good source of Potassium too!
Best of all, they’re cheap, really cheap.
Resist the urge to fry them.
Roast them, boil them or bake them and you have a genuinely healthy but filling addition to the family table.
Whole Grains Are Good For You Too
When you’re bored of bulking up meals with potatoes then you might want to turn to whole grains.
These too are bursting to the seams with fiber but aren’t going to put your kids off in the way that endless plates of spinach might.
Barley, whole-wheat pasta and brown rice are all tasty and easy to prepare while being very cost-effective.
Watch out, though, some whole grains are not cheap.
Quinoa and wild rice represent pretty poor value for money and despite claims to the contrary – they offer very few demonstrable additional health benefits.
Stop Buying Pieces Of Chicken
Chicken is delicious, and all of the chicken is both edible and tasty.
Stop buying those skinless breasts which are insanely expensive when compared to buying a whole chicken.
Buy the chicken. Roast it. Eat half of it as the family meal for the evening.
Keep the rest of the meat (and skin if you enjoy it) for sandwiches, salads or other meals. Keep the bones for soup stock.
It will save you a fortune and it will taste better – breast meat is really bland.
Get With The Herbs
There’s no denying that fresh herbs can be costly.
That doesn’t mean you should cut out herbs – they add a ton of flavor to the mix.
However, you should look at purchasing dried herbs and mixed herbs instead of fresh.
There’s not that much difference in taste most of the time and you can save a fortune this way.
You should, however, use 3 times as much dried herbs in a recipe as fresh.
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