Finance Fridays 2/10/12

Welcome to Finance Fridays! Every Biblical stewardship is critical to the lives of Christians.  Ecclesiastes 5:10 says “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whosoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.  This too is meaningless.”   Every Friday we’ll cover topics on biblical stewardship, spending, saving, budgeting and general ways to be frugal. Join me as we look toward God’s plan for our finances and away from the worlds. 

This week’s topic: Tips For Cutting Kitchen Cost

On average the American family will throw away 100 pounds, or $500.00 worth of food every year.  This is a tragedy on so many levels.  Polution, landfills, people who go without food.  Pick your poison. They are all valid reasons to act wisely in the kitchen.  So is your budget. 

Being frugal in the kitchen can cut your budget and still allow you to eat healthy.

Here are just a few tips to get you started (there will be more come!):

  • Meal Plan. I started meal planning about 9 months ago and I cannot tell you what a difference it has made. Now, instead of making a chicken and tossing the left overs a week later because they were forgotten about we have chicken Saturday night, chicken pot pie Sunday and chicken salad sandwiches for lunch Monday.  Plus, I make bone both/stock with the carcass.  This has been the biggest money save for us.
  • Scale back your recipes.  If you’re feeding a family of 2.5 like us, you do not need to make a 9×13 pan of maccaroni and cheese.  and 8×8 is plenty with leftovers for lunch.
  • Buy bulk when you can. It is cheaper per ounce to buy a 29oz canister of coffee then a 16oz bag.  You might pay more up front but the per ounce cost is less. Same goes for toilet paper, paper towels, etc
  • Name brand isn’t always necessary.  There are some good quality off-brand items that are way less expensive.  Aldi’s brand of paper towels work just fine as do their napkins and paper plates.  Does anyone really care if you’re using Brawny (and if they do tell them to bring their own paper towels.) 

What ways have you found to cut kitchen cost?

Until Next Time,

Be Blessed

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2 responses to “Finance Fridays 2/10/12

  1. Menu planning has been a huge thing for us! I do alot of the same things you do…. Use something once, and than figure out how I’m going to use the left overs! Our biggest waste is probably produce. If we don’t use it, it goes bad 😦 We also have a grocery store called Aldi’s and we can get a lot of food, for not a lot of money. We go after every pay day. Also, if I have the resources, I will double a recipe and throw the 2nd dish in the freezer to pull out on nights that I don’t feel like cooking. That way, we aren’t tempted to go out and spend $30 on dinner. 🙂

    • Oh Aldi how I love thee!! Aldi is an awesome store. I figure if I am not going to buy organic or natural why not buy it at Aldi?
      Yes those “I don’t feel like cooking nights” cost dearly don’t they!?

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