How to Save Money and Time
Many people who live alone and cook for themselves find that it is not always easy to get the most out of their money when cooking for one. Much of the food that is sold these days is geared towards families and family size portions. But if you live alone and only cook for one, you do not need to cook a meal that feeds four. You want to be able to cook good meals at home and save money and not waste food. Well, here are some very sensible tips for cooking for one to help you save money and food.
Use your freezer.
Even if you find that you have this wonderful recipe for something that is meant to feed 4 or 5 people, go ahead and make the recipe as is. Make sure that it is something that will freeze well though. Using your freezer and freezing can save you both time and money. Make a big batch of lasagna and freeze the leftovers and when you are tired from a long day, all you have to do is come home and heat up a piece of your frozen lasagna and you have dinner that night.
Look for bulk bins at the grocery store.
Now, you may think this sounds funny since you are only cooking for one, but it makes a lot of sense. When shopping for nuts, beans, fruits, vegetables, and grains most packages carried by grocery stores are too much for one meal for one person. If you buy this stuff in the bulk bins, you are able to control how much of the food that you are buying at once. This can save you money, since you are only buying what you need at that time and also help food not to be wasted and thrown away. Another great place to look is at the grocery store’s salad bar counter area. Most will have cheese, lettuce, vegetables and fruits that you can use in your recipes and not necessarily just for making salads.
Plan your meals wisely with leftovers.
If you know that you are going to make baked chicken on Monday, then plan accordingly for the week and make a dish later in the week with the leftover chicken. Maybe something like chicken enchiladas. This can save you tons of money, while mixing it up and not having the same old leftovers later in the week. This also makes it easier to make a shopping list and not buy food that you will not eat and not have to run out to the grocery store four times a week for dinner.
Cook with a friend.
If all else fails, find another friend that lives alone and cooks for themselves and trade nights and make each other dinner. You can easily save money this way since most of the food you cook is too much for one person anyways. By trading nights during the week of who cooks that night, you can save your time and money since you are not always wasting food eating alone.
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