Saving Money around the Kitchen

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For many it is the kitchen that eats in to the budget the most dramatically. Food is expensive and often we waste a good portion of what we buy. If we’re able to reduce the waste and cut the extravagant spending, you’ll be able to save your family a great deal of money around snacks and mealtimes.

Buy in Bulk

If your family always goes through plenty of certain things, buy those items in bulk. Juice boxes and soda are a good example. Most families also have a serious need for paper towels and toilet tissue, so these are other area you can save if you buy large bulky containers. For everything else, however, buying in bulk is often wasteful. If you don’t actually eat everything in a container or the complete bag of whatever, you’d likely do better to buy the size you do eat, or buy something else entirely.

Cut Back on Snacks

Mums get a bit wild when it comes to snacks for their children. There is a such a huge variety of things to buy that even the most health-focused mum can easily walk away with a cart full of granola bars, pretzels and popcorn. But do all of the snacks you buy get eaten? How much yogurt do you throw out every week? Does fresh fruit go bad before you get a chance to eat it?

If that’s the case in your household, cut way back on snacks. While a single type of snack might be too limiting, you can certainly find two or three snacks that will cover most of your bases. Include fresh fruit to increase your child’s nutrition and make the others whole grain and you’ll be on your way to saving a great deal of money. After all, snacks are expensive.

Look For Resealable Packages

Many foods are now available in resealable packages to help keep them fresh for the next round. This is especially true of foods in the refrigerator and freezer. Buy frozen food in a resealable container or in smaller packages and then use only the amount you’ll actually eat in a sitting.

Prepare the meal again a few days later but with different sides or garnishes and you’ll be saving money by not wasting the leftovers that are rarely eaten. In households with small children, resealable packages can be especially lifesaving. Often these children eat only a fraction of a serving, so being able to pull out a single waffle and resealing the rest will help your food last much longer.

Cook One Meal

Many mums are in the habit of preparing multiple meals for various family members. This can add up tremendously. Include a loaf of bread and peanut butter in your weekly shopping and then plan to make only one meal a night. If a child does not like what is being served that night, have him eat the parts of the meal he does enjoy or allow him to make a peanut butter sandwich to tide him over to breakfast.

Buy Generic

Adverts might tell you generic tastes the same as name brands, but that’s not true in most cases. However, in certain cases it really does make a difference. Look for generic items that you mix into casseroles or include in other dishes. Buying generic can save you quite a bit, especially in items such as toilet paper, paper towels, milk and diapers. Remember of course, that there is no benefit to buying generic products you’re not going to use or that don’t do the job properly. A pack of generic diapers that leak are a complete waste.

Share Take Out

And of course, there is the infamous take out menu. Busy parents turn to it more and more, but take out is horrendously expensive in most cases. You can cut corners here, however, by sharing meals. Order one meal for both of your children to share unless they clear their plates at every sitting. Order an appetizer or split a large meal with your partner to cut costs. Always be on the look out as well for coupons and specials the take out restaurant might be offering. A “Kids Eat Free” night is always a great deal for parents.

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