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Today I’m dishing up a few super fast tips on ways you can save money fast around the house.
Cook In Bulk
Make up a big soup on a Sunday night using leftover veggies from the week
Freeze the soup and keep it for Wednesday when that takeaway craving hits
Think ahead: Buy frozen chips, fish and pizza and keep in the freezer
Learn DIY tricks
Avoid Calling Out The Handyman
When you own your own home, things can and will go wrong. Our first instinct is often to hire somebody and get them to sort out the problem. But that can often end up being very expensive and unnecessary.
Suppose, for instance, you’ve got a blocked drain. Instead of calling out contractors, look for things you can try to unblock a drain first that are much less expensive. The same applies for if you’ve got a problem with your guttering or if the caulking in your shower is peeling away from the wall. Home remedies often work just fine in these circumstances, without having to pay out money for time and labor.
Lose Bad Habits
Your home environment can be your worst enemy if you are trying to quit smoking or drinking. There’s nothing worse than knowing you’ve got boxes of ciggies in the cupboards. Or you’re tempted by cheesecakes and chocolate in the fridge. These temptations test willpower and are usually hard for good-meaning people to resist.
Avoid The Clothes Dryer
Got outdoor space?
Looking for nifty budgeting tips for saving on food? Become a super-sneaky strategic supermarket shopper by learning these ways to save budgeting tips for saving money on food before you head to the supermarket. These tactics are as sneaky as a thief. But you don’t have to be a villain to save money. You can do it the honest way and you can do these from the comfort of your couch – with your feet up. Don’t rip up cash and throw it into the wind every time you venture into a supermarket. These practical budgeting tips are very easy to follow.
Learn these budgeting tips for saving money on food
1. Start by actually setting a budget
Always set guidelines around your intended spend before venturing out to the supermarket. My budget for a family of four is $120 per week. This includes everything from lunches, dinners, laundry and any other domestic product you can think of.
2. Challenge yourself
Set yourself challenges. Can you do dinner this week for just $50 even though your budget is $120. Can you just imagine the savings if you did this every week?
3. Take cash
Avoid taking your ATM card if you are someone who regularly overspends. Only take a certain amount of cash to the supermarket and no more. Keep receipts to track spend.
4. Budget with gift cards
Buy four $100 gift cards for the month. Take one card each week as your budget.
5. Halve It
Write a list. Now halve it. See what you can really live without.
6. Ditch disposables
Take disposable items off your shopping list. Find alternatives. For example, use a hand towel instead of paper towel.
7. Divvy it up
Divide up cash into piles. Put your money in an envelope. When that cash is gone, there is nothing left in the kitty. You will have to make do.
8. Receipts box
Keep a box in the kitchen for money and receipts for your groceries. If you have spare change from shopping put it back in the kitty for next week to reduce your spend.
Put all spare change from a grocery shop into a piggy bank. It will soon add up!
Either do all the shopping yourself so you can keep track and stick to your budget or educate others in the home about your budgeting system. Consider using a grocery planning system like Freezer Meals to help you stick to a budget.
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If you love cooking in bulk, discover some great food shopping tips for cooking in bulk this weekend. Saving money on groceries and saving valuable time is easy if you plan ahead, purchase groceries in bulk and batch cook.
Bulk food shopping tips for this weekend
Meat & poultry
Buy meat in bulk and find wholesale suppliers in your area. Money saving meat purchases include budget mince, sausages and stewing meats. Purchase chicken fresh or frozen and try to get your chook for under $5.00. It is cheaper to buy a chicken, roast it and shred it for meals than it is to cook up fillets. Roast chicken is also delicious in a pasta or a soup! If you have to buy fillets buy them in a big pack at a wholesale poulterer.
Buy onions, potatoes, garlic, ginger and fresh herbs (for freezing) in bulk.
Buy a big community size cling wrap and aluminum foil that will last you months! It is much cheaper to
buy products like this in bulk. I sit my cling wrap at the top end of a large bread board so it is easy to access when making the kids’ lunches.
Items on your grocery list should include oils, oil sprays, sauces such as tomato sauce and soy sauce.
Herbs & Spices
Fill your spice rack and keep it well stocked with all the spices you require for the coming season and year. Also include beef, chicken and vegetable stock powder.
Milk & Bread
Buy long life milk and bread for the freezer. This will reduce unnecessary trips to the shops where you will likely spend $30 or more on items you were not planning to buy.
Stock up on diced tomatoes, soups, chick peas, lentils and the like.
Stock up on pastry, frozen peas, mixed vegetables, frozen corn and spinach.
Stock up on rice and pasta. If you keep your pantry well stocked you can save much time avoiding extra trips to the supermarket for groceries and more time in the kitchen cooking up beautiful bulk cooked meals for the family!
Hope you liked my bulk food shopping tips! Good luck with your next cooking adventure!
Can’t be bothered working it all out?
If you want a great resource for cooking in bulk and stocking your pantry check out Table Tucker or FREEZER MEALS cookbook. Table Tucker delivers annual, seasonal and monthly pantries for 52 weeks of budget dinners for the entire year! You will never have to write a pantry list ever again. Freezer Meals is a savvy bulk cooking system, which will save you up to $400 on your monthly grocery spend.
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