It's no secret that almost half of the monthly incomethe usual average family goes to food. We leave our money in big supermarkets, in markets and in neighboring shops. And often we do it thoughtlessly, in a hurry, and therefore we spend much more than we could. And after all, according to statistics, the competent planning of spending on food allows you to save up to thirty percent of the monthly family budget. Agree, the amount is decent. Especially in our difficult times, when the crisis makes us constantly think about the day to come and does not leave room for careless treatment of money. But how to buy and at the same time save money? How to get out of the store with food for a week and at the same time rejoice that there is still money left in the wallet? And is it even possible? After all, you need to eat a variety and full, especially if it concerns children. Of course, we often save on clothes, and it seems easy. But the question of tasty food for many of us always remains in the first place, and it is not always desirable to reduce the cost of food. However, in any process there are nuances and subtleties. So let's try to understand and understand how you can not only reduce the cost of food, but also do it with benefit to the body. So, we save correctly and at the same time we improve and diversify the diet!
Cooking tasty and inexpensive
Councils, which are given by experienced housewives, incertain time faced with the need to save money family, a lot. Some of them are aimed precisely at organizing the right process of cooking. They not only allow you to save the family budget, but also help to make the ration of your family more diverse and, of course, useful. Here are the basic rules of how to treat food in order to spend less money on it. Rule one: homemade semi-finished products are better than store Do not buy ready-made frozen convenience foods in supermarkets. Do not argue, it's convenient, fast and relatively inexpensive. But let's face it: besides obvious advantages, there are significant drawbacks to this food. And the most basic of them is the composition of such products. As a rule, the quality leaves much to be desired, because instead of meat stuffing in dumplings and vareniki, soy and fat are usually present, the same goes for ready-made pancakes, cutlets and meatballs. Think first of all not about how to give up this food in order to save, but on whether you need all this for your family members, especially children. It is better not to be lazy and on your own days to cook with your own natural and quality meat similar blanks and freeze them. And help you in this will be able to children and spouse, for example, under your guidance nalapiv domestic dumplings and dumplings. With your own workpieces you will be able to always please those close to a quick and, above all, high-quality dinner. For the sake of interest, you can calculate the cost of the products needed to prepare your semi-finished products. I think you will be surprised when you realize that for the same money that you had to spend on store analogs, you get a greater output of home products. And it's not necessary to talk about how much use is in such food. The second rule: we prepare ourselves bakery, chips and biscuits Do not buy ready-made cakes, pastries and other sweets with a short shelf life. Firstly, you can not know exactly the conditions under which this food was stored, and risk getting food poisoning. And secondly, the ingredients of such ready-made sweets are not always natural and therefore not suitable for children. Of course, in each supermarket there is a confectionery department, a kind of paradise for sweet tooth. And the hand itself stretches for a cake, a cookie or another temptation. But instead, learn to save and try baking a charlotte with apples or a chocolate biscuit yourself. The recipes of these dishes are so simple that the child can cope. And the benefits from them will be much more than from purchased analogues with a heavy oil cream. So you will not only save money on food, but also make home with fragrant pastries without harm to their health. Do not buy chips, crackers, salted nuts and other harmful foods. If you can not do without these products, do them yourself. As for chips, you can not abuse them, but sometimes you want to eat something harmful, right? Believe me, there is nothing easier than cooking them at home. It is only necessary to thinly cut the potatoes and quickly fry it on sunflower oil. Crackers are made even easier: cut any hard bread into squares or stripes, add and dry in the oven. You can sprinkle them with spices to taste. So you will find a successful application of stale bread, which probably went to the garbage, and cooked from them delicious croutons, bring pleasure to the family. Nuts are also more profitable to buy raw in a large package and toast in an oven or pan. You can save on this in other favorite foods. Do not be afraid of experiments and try new recipes. The third rule: we choose seasonal vegetables and fruits and do conservation Do not buy summer vegetables and fruits in winter, and winter ones in summer. This simple rule not only allows you to save money, but also protects the health of your family members from nitrates and chemicals, which are not full in food for the season. Therefore, fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, pepper, cabbage and the rest should be bought at the appropriate time for their ripening. The same applies to fruits and berries. And in general, when choosing these products, try to give preference to those grown in our country or in the near abroad. Since it is the domestic vegetables and fruits that are most useful for us. By the way, pediatricians generally prohibit the use of oranges in the summer, as imported citrus often cause a serious allergic reaction. Do not buy store conservation. This applies to popular pickled cucumbers, and jam, and the rest of the food from this category. To save, but not to deny yourself in canned products, they are cheaper and more profitable to make themselves in the summer and early autumn. Moreover, home preparations are much more useful. And if in your family once there was a tradition of gathering forest mushrooms and berries, then it's time to return to it. After all, such food is not only a great way to diversify the menu, but also a wonderful occasion to rest the whole family from the city bustle and breathe clean forest air. But do not forget from caution and collect only those mushrooms that you are well aware of. Rule four: meat and fish are better than sausages. Give up sausage and sausages in any form. In this meal there is practically no meat, but there are a lot of substitutes and flavors, and its price is not that low. Better buy chicken fillet, pork and beef, which you can not only cook, but also tasty bake. This is not only a good way to save, but also the possibility not to use harmful food. Do not buy meat and fish thoughtlessly, if you want to save. For example, if you decide to cook an ear, then pay attention not to the expensive fillets, but to the fish head. The quality of the broth will only benefit, but money will be saved. The same goes for meat. The whole chicken in the end will be cheaper than each part of it separately. If the menu is planned cutlets, then do not buy cuttings, because it does not work to save. It is better to buy, say, a piece of a scapula. Rule five: preference for juices, compotes and morsels Refuse sweet soda - its harm to the body has long been a proven fact. It is better to cook compotes, make fruit drinks and fresh juices. In winter, they can be prepared from pre-frozen billets and seasonal fruits. If you calculate the cost of one liter of home compote, then it will be two times less than the cheapest sweet soda. It is also worth mentioning here about ordinary drinking water, which we have long been accustomed to buying in the store. But there are pump rooms, where you can dial it for free. And many companies today offer the delivery of quality water to the house, however, this service is also worth the money, but in any case it will be cheaper than buying in the supermarket.
Organization of economical purchases
In the matter of saving on food, an importantrole plays and the correct approach to their selection and acquisition. Therefore, people who want to reduce the cost of food, you should pay attention to the basic principles that will help you learn how to properly make the necessary grocery purchases. Here are some tips for those who want to save on food. The first tip: visit the supermarket less often, do it with a list and on a full stomach. Accustom yourself to the need to make purchases no more than once a week. This will allow you to spend all products and not throw spoiled food into garbage. Going to the store, take with you only cash, and leave the credit card at home. This will allow you to understand how much you have spent. By the way, before a global purchase, have a good breakfast or lunch, otherwise thoughts about food will not allow you to save, making to commit a lot of unnecessary expenditure. Before you go to the store or the market, think through the menu for the next week and carefully make a list of necessary products. Do not be superfluous for you and conduct a kind of price monitoring to determine the most profitable in this respect the supermarket. However, remember that a trip to a store for products with the least cost may sometimes not be as profitable as buying in the nearest market. After all, we must also take into account the cost of the road. Do not forget about discount cards and coupon codes. They will help to save and buy products at a more favorable price. The second tip: know the measure, remember the storage times and do not forget about the market. Remember that there is a system of non-waste sales in the supermarket. Therefore, choose those dairy products that are in the back of the shelves. And do not be lazy to look at the lower and upper shelves, because at the eye level there is a more expensive product with an earlier production date. Do not take risks and give preference only to fresh food. Do not take a lot of products with a limited shelf life. Their number should be equal to the needs of your family, because you can not save by constantly throwing spoiled food. Conversely, durable goods, for example, cereals, sugar, sunflower oil, are purchased in bulk. It is cheaper and therefore more profitable. Do not hesitate to involve friends in such purchases, perhaps one of them knows a small wholesale base with excellent prices, but alone can not save money by using such a useful find. And by cooperating, it's quite possible to do it. Go to the market, especially for seasonal vegetables and fruits. Remember that good discounts on food the local traders are ready to offer in the afternoon, towards evening. Of course, the choice at such a time is not very large, but the benefit will be in any case, and the number of buyers will decrease significantly, which will allow you to choose the right product. Do not forget that you can save on food not only at home, but also at work. For example, discard drinks from coffee machines. Instead, buy good coffee and cook it yourself. This will not only save you, but will also improve the quality of the drink you drink. Give preference to homemade food in the form of sandwiches, instead of buying lunch at a nearby cafe for dubious quality. There is, of course, another tip for those wishing to save money. It is to eat less. No, do not starve, and cook exactly as much as is required for one full-fledged meal of the whole family. After all, it often happens that everyone is already fed up, but I do not want to leave extra food for the next time - and we always eat up. Try to cook less, and maybe you do not have to sit down on another diet, as excess kilograms melt magically without much effort. Perhaps, after making the first attempts to follow at least several of the savings methods described above, you will immediately feel positive results. For example, relatives will often admire your culinary talents. Or the time your family will spend in the kitchen, participating in the cooking process and helping you, will be much more than it was before. And that in your family there are no questions about why we save, after the first two successful months, demonstrate the amount of deferred money and offer to spend it on new things or entertainment. Motivations like this will surely contribute to the further process of rationalizing the expenses of your family's budget. We advise you to read: