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Cutting Down the Cost of Food

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Has anyone noticed the price of food going up lately? From fruits and vegetables to meats and diary products, it seems like things are getting more and more expensive. It’s not just your imagination. According to the food price outlook from the USDA, cost is on the rise. Gas and housing prices are also going up. With expenses of everyday living on the rise, keeping a budget and cutting costs where you can will enable you to have more money at the end of the month for more important things like putting money away in your retirement fund, emergency fund, or even a deserved vacation.

Now when it comes to food, there are a lot of things you can do to help keep costs down even when prices are increasing. We’ve all heard about cutting coupons and looking for deals and buying in bulk. These are the basics of saving money on food. You’ll also want to eat out less since you really don’t need to pay extra for someone else to cook your meals and clean up after you. The cost of a meal for two at an average priced restaurant is enough for 3 or more meals depending on what you eat.

For lunch, prepare food from home instead of going out. Not only will you be saving some money but you’ll also be less likely to end up eating things like fast food. This may mean you might have to learn to cook some decent meals but if eating healthy on a budget is important to you, it’ll be worth the effort. For meal ideas using stuff you already have in your fridge, check out SuperCook.com. Just input the items you have and it’ll give you a list of recipes using just those items.

Another way to save some dough is to cook food in a way that will allow you to store the food such as using one of the pressure canners. It’s a bit more complicated to use than a regular stove top but once you get used to it, you can buy, cook, and store food for months at a time. This is great for those of you who don’t particularly like cooking and would rather make a batch of food in one go.

One more way to cut down on food cost is to grow your own food. Start out small with simple vegetables and fruits and then expand from there. Let’s hope it will never happen but if there were ever a food shortage, you can at least be able to depend on your home grown food. It’s better to be prepared than unprepared but even if a shortage never happens, you’ll be growing organic foods that are much healthier and cheaper too. Check out this page if you want to learn more about grown food at home.

Now if you think buying cheap food is the solution, check out this video.

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