There has been a lot of doom and gloom in the news this week. In the past month, food prices have risen and fuel is turning into an extravagance instead of a necessity and best of all wages are staying the same.
As I always say over here at The Lean Times, when facing adversity we need to think smarter. There are a few changes we can make to ease the financial pain. A lot of them have to do with how and what we eat. The reason I seem to keep going back to food is that is one area where we have choice in how we spend our money.
1. Lessen your meat consumption. In the post Eat like a Peasant. I spoke about making meat a flavouring instead of the star of the meal. Many families are having Meatfree Monday and if the economy gets worse it will probably extend into more days.
2. Eat seasonally. It is always cheaper to eat local produce as you are not paying as much for the transportation. Have a look at the website Eat the Seasons, it gives you a weekly list of what is in season and recipes.
3. Cook the right amounts. Throwing away food is a crime and one that is easily avoided, know how much to make and plan for the leftovers. If you make a bit batch of something like chili or stew immediately freeze the leftovers then in a couple of weeks time you will have a pre-prepared meal.
4. Feed the freezer. Your freezer runs more efficiently when it is full so take advantage of sales. So many things can be frozen from milk to mozzarella. To freeze mozzarella, you drain the water surrounding the ball. It will not be firm enough to use in salads but fine for a bake.
5. Hunt out the bargains. The big supermarkets are going to be fighting for sales so visit My Supermarket to find out who is selling what you need at the lowest price. I still vistit the site when I am going to shop in store and I have a choice of stores. I want to know who is selling toilet paper the cheapest.