Frugal living doesn’t necessarily mean you have to eat unhealthily. The cost of fresh fruit and vegetables is often cited as a reason for not including these foods in your daily diet.
Tackling your monthly budget can be daunting, especially if it means feeding a growing family quality food. But with a little careful planning it is possible to enjoy a nutritious, yet affordable meal.
- Pack a better lunch for work
This is one of the easiest ways to save money. Buying lunch every day at the canteen or the convenience store can add up. Not to mention the fact that it is far easier to grab something unhealthy. Packing your own lunch means you can enjoy a healthier meal at the office. Consider a jacket potato and a salad. Or even a wrap filled with tomato, pesto and chicken. You could even take leftovers from the night before.
- Grow your own
Growing your own vegetables is rewarding and fun experience that will teach children a valuable skill. Food gardens are also becoming more popular particularly in disadvantaged communities where fresh produce is a luxury.
- Work out a meal plan for your family
In the same way that a monthly budget helps you save and plan financially, a weekly meal-plan will save you time and money. Make a list of groceries before you go shopping to ensure that you only buy what you need.
- Shop for local, seasonal foods at farmer’s markets
Buying direct from the producers is often a lot cheaper than buying it from the retailer. Show your support for South African farmers by buying from a local farmer’s market. You can also save money by buying seasonal fruit and vegetables. Imported produce retails at a premium.
- Use less expensive cuts of meat in creative ways
Instead of buying premium cuts of meats you can substitute with less pricey cuts. They are as nutritious and you use them very successfully to make tasty stews and casseroles. Add extra vegetables to your stews to bulk them up and make it go further. Buying meat in bulk and then freezing it also a great way to save money.
There are many ways to save money without comprising on quality or making drastic changes to your lifestyle. Saving money simply needs a little extra effort and creativity.