There are several common food mistakes that costs dearly in money, health, and time. What are the significant mistakes made? What changes do you need to make? Here are a few food errors to avoid. Last minute meal planning or no planning at all. The outcomes: not knowing what components to have and/or not having the right ingredients. Poor preparation for purchasing; not knowing what’s on sale, what’s in season, what you are out of, etc.. Result? One buys what is not needed and spends too much on what’s needed.
3. Convenience spending/cooking. Examples are; TV dinners, chicken already cut up, things in ready-to-use/serving sizes, etc.. This buying habit costs lots of money. Whole chicken at 49 cents a pound is significantly less than skinned breast at $3.89 a pound. Unplanned trips for missing ingredients. Buying an item in the last minute means paying full price and purchasing other items not needed just because you are there. Purchasing”needs” not”needs”. This habit causes incomplete meals or snacks as meals. Also, it results in not having healthy food for meals. A good habit to get into is to properly store food the moment you get home. I call it “divide and conquer”. Each family member can put items in their appropriate place even if they can not cut the chicken for freezing, or mend the
Celery, carrots, or anything for serving sizes to be stored in the frig. Trying too hard can result in giving up. Changing the way you cook or buy can be exciting and frustrating, especially if one tries to do too much at the same time. If you want to try stir frying, do not attempt to perform pressure cooking at exactly the same time. Frustration causes some to quit. Surprise! Unexpected business may put the budget in a sling. What recipes can be fixed beforehand and cooked at the last moment? What foods feed a bunch that may be stored year around?
9. Bad diet/bad eating habits. For whatever reason people often just fall into bad eating habits. Unhealthy foods costs more. Eating too much of certain foods costs more.
One way to spend less and feel better would be to take a great look at your purchasing habits. Decide what needs changed . Prioritize. Even if you’re good at sticking to plans everyone is in the habit of doing things certain ways. As you become hurried or stressed you may fall back into old habits. Precautions avoid unnecessary spending in food buying and preparation.
Spending less money on food and eating better is possible for nearly everyone. Few do all they can. But do not get all caught up with insignificant details. Life is too short. Decide what will work for you, and don’t stress about it. You need to reserve energy for more important things. Avoiding common mistakes can save time, food and money.
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