Prepared foods, pre-cut fruits and canned vegetables are always very comfortable options when cooking. But they’re also unnecessary expenses if you can make your own, tastier meals!
Groceries are an important item in every home’s budget. Surely, you've heard about some tricks to avoid overspending in supermarkets, such as not going hungry or skipping snack shelves. But there are other pieces of advice to add that will help you save more money with little effort.
First of all, don't fall into the temptation of buying pre-made foods. They can look amazing in the pictures and have nice packagings, but surely they cost twice as much as the same separate ingredients. How hard can it be to cook rice with vegetables?
Secondly, avoid canned beans and vegetables. A pack of dried beans is much cheaper and it's very easy to cook them. They’ll even taste better than the canned ones!
Pre-cut fruits? Come on! Why pay for a tray with pre-cut watermelon, apple, mango and oranges when you can save money by doing it by yourself? If you buy fresh fruit, you can keep them in the fridge and cut them in the moment of consumption. Their vitamins will remain intact and you'll know for sure that they don't have any preservatives.
This advice also applies to pre-washed vegetables. They’re more expensive than the regular ones even though the only difference is that you have to put them underwater before making a salad!
If you want to go a little further in your grocery savings, you can start your own herb garden. No matter how much space you have, you can grow parsley, thyme, rosemary, ciboulette and other herbs. They’re excellent allies when cooking!