Feeding yourself and your family can be really expensive. A tight budget shouldn’t mean that you can’t eat well though. There are many things you can do that will help save some money on food. The more you do these things, the more you will reap the results. Some things cost more money upfront but save over the long run and some are instant money savers.
1. Buy In Season
To save the most money, buy mostly produce that is in season in your area. You’ll save money and enjoy better-tasting foods. This handy guide not only tells you when it is in season, but how to cook it too!
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2. Buy In Bulk
Buying things like grains and potatoes in bulk will save you money in the long run.
3. Know What To Look For
Sometimes buying fruits and vegetables is a guessing game. Is this ripe? Too ripe? This helpful guide can show you what optimal produce should look like. You’ll never buy an overripe melon again.
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4. Ripen Up Produce
It can be super frustrating to buy things that won’t be ready to eat until next week. Learn how to store things to get them to ripen up fast here.
5. Cook It Right
Grains are a great addition to bulk up meals but they can be tricky to cook properly. Nobody wants to eat overcooked rice or beans so save yourself from throwing away food by using this guide to cook it right the first time.
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6. Is It Safe?
“Best by” and “sell by” dates are just a suggestion and a best guess. Don’t throw away perfectly good foods because the label says so. Use a guide like this one, which can tell you what foods last forever and which ones you should err on the side of caution with.
7. Store Meats Properly
Keep your expensive meats from spoiling by storing them in the proper places in the refrigerator or freezer.Here is a helpful guide to keeping things safe.