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 a few food mistakes to avoid.
1. Last minute meal planning or no planning at all. The results: not knowing what components to consume and/or not having the ideal ingredients. Bad 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 is needed. 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 much less than skinned breast in $3.89 per pound.
4. Unplanned trips for missing ingredients. Buying an item in the last minute means paying full price and purchasing other things not needed just because you’re 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. Improper storage equals wasted food. A good habit to get into is to properly store food the minute you get home. I call it “divide and conquer”. Each family member can place 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.
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 exactly the exact same time. Frustration causes some to stop.
8. Surprise! Company’s here! Unexpected company can place the budget in a sling. What recipes can be fixed beforehand and cooked at the last minute? What foods feed a bunch 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 have a great look at your purchasing habits. Decide what needs changed . Prioritize. Even if you are good at sticking to plans everybody 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 don’t get all caught up with insignificant details. Life is too short. Decide what will work for you, and don’t stress about it. You want to reserve energy for more important things. Avoiding common mistakes can save food, time and cash.