We all realize that going grocery shopping for food is expensive. However not many stop and consider just how much of our weekly or monthly budget that food and other kitchen related items actually consume. If you took the time to sit down and do the math, I’m sure that you would be shocked. I know I was when I did the very same thing last fall. To my horror I realized we spent $600.00 on food and other kitchen related expenses last November.
I knew I could be doing better and I should be doing better. Since then I have been taking steps to create a frugal kitchen. I’m nowhere near perfect and there are other things I need to keep working on but my monthly expenses have already decreased by $200 and I am continuing to find ways to get my kitchen related budget even lower.
Eleven Tips For Creating A Frugal Kitchen
Stock Up When Things Are On Sale. There are specific times of year when things go on a deep discount. For example: school and office supplies are purchased during the fall back to school sales. Canned veggies are the cheapest they will be all year right before Thanksgiving. When those dirt cheep prices hit, that is your chance to stock up on items.
Make Bread. Fresh homemade bread is less expensive and healthier than store bought bread. It’s easier than you think and can save you over $140.00 a year!
Drink Water. Growing up and even in my early 20’s I hated drinking water. It wasn’t until I married my husband that things changed. I am so lucky that my boys love driking water as well. Not only is water healthier than all those surgery drinks, it’s cheaper in the long run. Avoiding extra sugar will help keep teeth and bodies strong.
Go Paperless In The Kitchen. We have had a paper free kitchen, for the most part, since 2008. Instead we use cloth napkins for dining and old washcloths for deep cleaning. I will buy an occasional roll of paper towel but that is very rare. Whatever you can do with paper you can do with cloth.
Brown Bag Lunches. Instead of running through the drive through or buying a hot lunch in the cafeteria pack a lunch. It will be less expensive and only takes a few extra minutes in the morning.
Save On Pre-Rinsing Your Dirty Dishes. As tempting as it is, don’t use warm water to rinse your dirty dishes. Instead use cold as it cost no money to heat it up. Also resist the urge to have the faucet running on high. A smaller stream of water means there is less money going down the drain.
Monthly Dishwasher Maintenance. Keeping up on maintenance and monthly cleaning of your dishwasher will make it run more efficiently . When your dishes get cleaned the first time you save money.
Keep Your Chest Freezer Full. Did you know that it takes more energy aka money to keep a partially empty freezer cold? An easy and quick way to fill that space is to simply fill empty milk jugs with water and keep them in the bottom of the freezer. Should your power ever go out, they will help keep things frozen longer.
Grow A Garden. While this takes a little more effort than some of these other suggestions it can save you a lot of money on fresh produce. You don’t need a lot of space and can even grow a few things in pots. Having a garden has the added benefit of teaching your children responsibility, a work ethic and where their food comes from.
Home Canning Can Save You Money. For me, home canning goes hand-n-hand with having a garden. While there is a little bit of an investment to get started in the end it can save you loads of money on produce throughout the year.
Save Money With Coupons And Coupon Apps. Those of you who have been following my blog know how much I love saving money with my coupon apps. Combining them with digital or paper coupons makes your savings go even farther!