A lot of people think that cooking at home is a great way to save money, but that’s not always true. Between the cost of the groceries and the food waste you end up with, it can actually become pretty costly.
But with a few simple tips — like learning how to minimize food waste and repurpose your scraps — you can turn cooking at home into a fun and budget-friendly hobby.
Here are twelve thrifty cooking tips that’ll save you some serious money:
1. Buy your most-used grocery items in bulk to avoid paying more for excess packaging.
2. Try meal prepping. It’ll help you utilize the same ingredients in multiple ways so you don’t end up buying more than you need.
3. Turn a budget-friendly rotisserie chicken into multiple meals…
4. Avoid processed produce like diced onions or cut fruit. It’s usually more expensive than whole produce and not nearly as fresh.
5. Learn a few simple recipes that transform food scraps into delicious meals…
6. Save your veggie scraps in Ziploc baggies and stash them in the freezer to make homemade stock with.
7. Don’t be afraid of cooking with frozen fruits and veggies.
8. Store fresh salad greens and delicate herbs with paper towels so they don’t go to waste.
9. Learn how to make a handful of delicious vegetarian recipes and aim to cook less meat.
10. Make a mental list of what ingredients are worth splurging on, and which are good no matter what.
11. If you notice that your fresh veggies are about to go bad, cut them up and stash them in the freezer.
12. Give your leftovers a new life.
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