Of course, I would love to say that I was incredibly frugal before my husband quit his job, but I can’t. I didn’t have to be, and I got lazy. I’m not proud of it, and I’m really thankful for the opportunity to turn this habit around!
As we’ve made this transition, I’ve discovered some kitchen tips that will save you money! I want to share them with you (and don’t forget to share your tips in the comments)!
10 Kitchen Tips that Will Save You Money
1. Save the strawberry hulls
Do you throw away the green part of the strawberry when you cut it up for your toddler?
2. Reuse your plastic bags
Plastic zip top bags come in handy, don’t they? But boy are they expensive!
Instead of throwing them out, wash and reuse them over and over and over again. It’s cheaper and better for the environment.
After you wash out your bag, turn it inside out to dry on the counter. Easy peasy!
3. Save the end pieces of your bread
I don’t like to eat the end pieces that come with a loaf of bread. I think they are chewy. So we use them for bread crumbs, French toast, croutons, and breakfast casseroles.
They are most often used as bread crumbs. Just stick them in a blender, pulse a few times, and you have bread crumbs! If you want to take it a step further, then try out these easy homemade bread crumbs.
Just making my own bread crumbs saves us money! Plus you have less waste!
4. Buy fruit in bulk and freeze it for later
Now we live in the High Rockies where berries don’t really grow, and I make do with store bought berries.
Nevertheless, our grocery stores rotate the sales throughout the summer months, and whenever the fruit hits rock bottom prices, I clear the shelves. We work these purchases into our budget because this allows us to have fruit throughout the winter.
You can can it or freeze it. Either way works!
5. Cut veggies into snack size portions
How often do veggies go bad before your family eats them? For us, it was too often, and I discovered it was because we were always in a hurry and didn’t want to take time to chop the vegetables.
Now, as soon as I get home from the grocery store, I do some food prep to help save money. I cut the celery and carrots into snack size portions. Then store them in containers that are easy for grab-and-go.
I also cut a few salad size veggies to be able to throw together into a quick salad!
6. Make a fruit salad
Same thing with fruits, especially melons. I learned this trick from my mother-in-love.
Each week she makes up a huge fruit cocktail filled with seasonal fruits. It makes getting your daily fruit serving much easier without the daily work of washing, chopping, and serving. Plus less fruit goes bad; thus saving you money in the kitchen!
7. Keep greens longer with a napkin
I’ve found I can get my greens like spinach, romaine lettuce, etc to last longer if I will put a napkin or small, kitchen towel in bag with them.
The napkin attracts the moisture keeping your greens from wilting and rotting as quickly! You save money since your greens last longer.
Are you catching the pattern here? Less waste = more money in your pocket!
8. Toss over-ripe bananas in the freezer to add to smoothies later
We don’t like to eat bananas once they’ve started to turn black. And since I’m not a big baker, I don’t make banana bread or muffins often.
We’ve found that just tossing the whole banana into the freezer is much easier. We drink a lot of smoothies, so frozen bananas are a staple in our house!
9. Buy diced tomatoes in bulk and freeze the leftovers
I always find big cans of tomatoes on sale. It’s usually a better deal to get the 32 ounce containers, but I rarely use that much in a recipe.
I found that when I saved the leftovers in the refrigerator, it was getting lost, going bad, and what I was saving by buying in bulk wasn’t being saved at all!
Now I will use what I need, put the rest into a glass jar, and then instantly put it into the freezer. It’s easy to thaw a few days later if I need it. Or it can keep for months!
10. Use a stick of butter to grease your pans
I don’t buy cooking spray. Honestly? I think it’s a total waste of money.
Before I got married, cooking spray was all I knew. It’s what my entire family used. Every house had their cooking spray right above the stove. However, the sticker price made my stomach hurt even when I was lucky enough to have a coupon.
When we started our natural living journey, I began to rethink everything. Cooking spray was the first to go when I finally gave it some thought!
Just use a stick of butter for crying out loud. 😉
Rub a little butter on the pan and smear it around with your fingers. Coconut oil works great for this too (and goes much further).
I did the hand to forehead when I figured this out. You might know this and still buy cooking spray. That’s alright. But if you’ve never thought of this, then – you’re welcome! You can now save some money!
I’m sure you have even more kitchen tips that will save you money! Share them with me in the comments!
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