There are a number of common food mistakes that costs dearly in money, health, and time. What are the significant mistakes made? What changes do you have to make? Here are some food errors to avoid.
1. Last minute meal planning or no planning in any way. The outcomes: not knowing what ingredients to consume and/or not having the ideal ingredients. Bad planning for purchasing; not knowing what’s available, what’s in season, what you’re out of, etc.. Result? One buys what isn’t required and spends too much on what is needed.
3. Convenience spending/cooking. Examples are; TV dinners, poultry cut up, items in ready-to-use/serving sizes, etc.. This purchasing habit costs a lot of money. Whole chicken at 49 cents a pound is significantly less than skinned breast at $3.89 per pound.
4. Unplanned excursions for missing ingredients. Buying an item at the last minute means paying full price and buying other items not needed just because you are there.
5. Buying”wants” not”needs”. This habit causes incomplete snacks or meals as meals. Additionally, it results in not having healthy food for meals.
6. Improper storage equals wasted food. A good habit to get into is to properly store food the moment you get home. Make it a family event. Each family member can put things in their appropriate place even if they can’t cut the chicken for freezing, or fix the
Carrots, celery, or anything for serving sizes to be kept in the frig.
7. Trying too hard can lead to 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 wish to try stir frying, don’t attempt to perform pressure cooking at the same time. Frustration causes some to quit.
8. Surprise! Company’s here! Unexpected company may place the budget in a sling. What recipes can be fixed beforehand and cooked at the last moment? What foods feed a crowd which may be stored year around?
9. Bad diet/bad eating habits. For whatever reason people often simply 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 is to take a good look at your purchasing habits. Decide what needs changed . Prioritize. Even if you’re good at sticking to plans everybody is in the habit of doing things certain ways. As you become hurried or worried you may fall back into old habits. Precautions prevent unnecessary spending in food purchasing and preparation.
Spending less money on food and eating better is possible for nearly everyone. Few are doing all they can. But don’t get all caught up with insignificant information. 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 may save food, time and money.