SAVE ON FOOD

SAVE ON FOOD & MAINTAIN QUALITY, VARIETY, AND BALANCE

 

I recently talked about how to save on two different posts, here and here. On those, I already mentioned food as an area where you can cut costs without sacrificing quality of life. Today I provide details and specific strategies to save a lot in the long run:

How is your fridge? Photo by Nicolas Barbier Garreau

 

I do not have a large wardrobe full of clothes, but I have a freezer full of resources. The freezer is your friend.

 

AT THE SUPERMARKET

-You know this one: Do not go feeling hungry and try not to make a party out of it. That is, go alone and take the shortest time possible, do not use it as an “entertainment”, you will end up spending more.

 

-Make a list and do not buy anything that is not there, unless it is a sale item and you REALLY need these products (see the last point of this section).

 

-Do not let the store fool you, they will constantly test you and await your fail. The products you need are in the back, go get them directly with your blinders on, avoid the aisles and processed products as much as possible. Always look up and down; at eye level stores always place the most expensive product, keep that in mind.

 

-Compare prices, quantities, brands, etc. Always look for the unit price, the rest offers, percentages, etc are just tactics to confuse you so you end up buying less for more.

 

-If you find a good offer on a product you need or you use regularly even if you still have some left, buy them in large quantities if you know that you can use them and they will not go to waste. If you see an opportunity, do not hesitate, it will not happen every day.

 

Gather a few seeds . . . Photo by Andrik Langfield Petrides

Stage 1. A small amount of seeds will come back to life . . .

 

AT HOME

-Divide into smaller portions and freeze fresh produce you bought. They will last longer if you use them scattered and you will gain more variety in your diet.

 

-Organize weekly menus and connect them with seasonal products, you can buy those for a cheaper price and get the most of their flavor since they are at their optimal point.

 

-DO NOT THROW ANYTHING OUT. Develop a habit of reusing, recycling, upcycling, and evolving scraps from food. Use leftovers to make delicious dishes. Leftover meat can become great croquettes, stale bread turned into breadcrumbs, fish will form savory crabcakes and vegetables that are a bit soft will boost that tasty sauce for pasta. UNLEASH YOUR CULINARY CREATIVITY WHILE SAVING.

 

-LEARN HOW TO COOK AND DO IT AND OFTEN. Cook large quantities and freeze in small portions, you will minimize the use of energy and resources, and at the same time, you will maximize the efficiency by rising the amount of food. Always try to reduce the cost per serving.

 

-Watch out for expensive products, such as meat, follow the Mediterranean Diet, recognized as a top healthy choice by using small portions of meat combined with vegetables. Or follow the Japanese Diet, with lots of vegetables, rice and fish and also a low consumption of meat. It will be healthier and cheaper, also the times when you eat meat will be almost divine. IT IS PERFECT!

 

-If you can, DIY: make bread at home (soon a post on how to make bread will come); for instance, we bought mushroom spores and we let them grow, and we also use seeds and sprouts to eat them in salads, etc. These are just a few examples, the possibilities are endless, if you have a garden or orchard, that can be magical. ENJOY THE FANTASY OF WATCHING HOW YOUR PRODUCTS GROW AND CREATE YOUR RECIPES FROM SCRATCH.

 

A spoon of seeds will grow to this!! My picture

Stage 2. Only a small amount of seed. . . in three days you will have this amount, just by adding water.

 

IN THE RESTAURANT

I must confess that it is getting harder for me to go to restaurants. I think it is a steal, for the price of a dinner for 2 you can eat like an earl all week, but still, when I go, I look for ways to trim costs:

 

-Ask for water, the price of wine is overinflated.

-Share dishes, usually portions are very large and often two people can have more than enough.

-If you do not share, try not to eat everything and take some home.

-Avoid the appetizers, they are usually very expensive and not worth the cost.

-Be careful with desserts, you will get a markup in the final bill. LEARN HOW TO MAKE THEM HOME!

 

Now you are ready to add them to your creations!!

Phase 3. Avoid restaurants and prepare dishes as beautiful, good, and cheap as these ones.

 

THERE ARE MANY WAYS, THERE IS ROOM TO TRIM COSTS. ENJOY AND SAVE WHILE EATING RICH AND HEALTHY MEALS!

 

HOW ABOUT YOU? What do you do at home to take care of the shopping list and optimize spending, diet, and taste? SHARE YOUR TRICKS