Depression tips

Learn how to preserve food

Canning is an excellent way to get the most out of your dollar especially if you enjoy saving money by purchasing vegetables and fruits in bulk. When the season is over, you will have some to get you through the winter and less to buy at the store.

Have a baking day

Just like batch cooking, having a baking day can help you save money on common baked goods you will use such as bread, rolls and even lunch box desserts. You can make loaves of bread for pennies on the dollar and freeze for later.

Batch cook

Batch cooking is a great way to save money, but also save time in the kitchen and was a big part of great depression living, especially if you have a larger family. Bulk cooking can work for any family size, though and is perfect for those that just want to make meals in a flash without much prep throughout the week.

Buy your food in bulk

Buying food in larger amounts is a sure fire way to save money and something folks were accustomed to doing during the great depression. This is especially true for things you use frequently like sugar, flour, spices, seasonings, and other dry goods. They will last for a very long time, too.

Don’t waste food

It seems so simple, but food waste is one thing that adds up after a while in a grocery budget. Make only as much as your family or yourself will actually eat. If you have leftovers, have a plan for them so they don’t end up in the trash.

Use the bones to make broth.

Keep a soup stock bag in the freezer. It makes a great recipe starter and it’s like getting something practically free from a meal you already ate. You can also get bones really cheap from a butcher to make this as well.

Buy the whole chicken

When you do buy meat buy a whole chicken or a whole roast instead of smaller cuts. You will save money by purchasing meat in larger or whole cuts. Roasts can be cut up into smaller pieces and a whole chicken can be cooked once and then used to create 3 to 4 meals.

Cut back on meat in your meals.

Beans, lentils, rice, and mushrooms can all be used to stretch dishes. Oatmeal is a great meat extender in meatballs and meatloaf.

Cook from Scratch

There were very few convenience foods in the depression-era. People made what they used from scratch for the most part and buying bread was very rare. This money saving tip is something that can be applied to today and will save you a bundle.

Stop Eating Out

If your Grandma is like mine, she can feed the family for a week (or longer) on the amount you spent the last time you ate out! Use your day off to make a meal plan, go grocery shopping, and cook some meals ahead of time, so you are less likely to stop for takeout on busy nights.