A watched pot never boils, it is said. I’m not so sure about that. When I was a kid I kept my eye on a pot on the stove, and sure enough, it boiled. Electric bills are out of control. There are so many phantom energy drains in the average home that half or more of electricity consumption goes down the drain without any benefit to the homeowner. Read more about recording your electricity consumption here. This one simple step can lower your energy costs significantly.
Try buying stuff on sale in luxury and nice area grocery stores! Rich people won't buy things for the DUMBEST reasons. Just got a bottle of evoo for half price because the bottle was oily - totally sealed Ann's everything! Oh and the FRESH PRODUCE, god help me, the reduced trolley was so freaking cheap you wouldn't believe!
I feel like this is a piece of advice for beginners that should be added to the sidebar: it's substantially easier to cook if you can do it before you're really hungry! I used to be the type of person who hated cooking, mainly because I thought it was too frustrating. Turns out I would get frustrated because I was cooking when I was really hungry. Prepping things before you're hungry is so much better!
Just tried this today - I threw some onions in with some oil in a pressure cooker, let them cook and let out some water for a bit. Pop a lid on the cooker and let them cook for ~20 minutes (I have one of the old-school pressure cookers with a weighted release so YMMV), throw in a splash of water to deglaze, and bam, delicious caramelised onions in a fraction of the time they would have taken otherwise!
I was casually looking at the dollar store freezer, where there's usually just boxed meals stuffed with sodium and fat when I found something different: frozen berries. I grabbed the package to see because I immediately assumed it would be full of conservatives and chemicals. Turns out it's purely berries. No added sugar, HFCS, nothing. For $1, it seems like a good deal. I bought a bunch of them to eat with oatmeal and/or ricotta cheese for breakfast. Fresh blueberries at my local grocer were $5 for a small box, so for me that was a great finding.
Over the past month and a half and I haven't checked out the discount section and NOT found charcoal of one variety or another. Cuts the cost of grilling way down!
This one takes some practice. We’re just not accustomed to listening to our bodies anymore. We’re always on the go-go-go and don’t take the time to eat. So we shove the food in our faces and end up feeling stuffed. We’ve forgotten what it feels like to just be full. Cut what you are eating in half for a few meals and see what your body thinks. Your body is going to want more food. But most times it’s a mental craving, not a physical craving. *This is not intended to be medical advice and you should consult with a doctor before doing anything crazy with your diet or nutrition.
Americans are notorious for heaping plates of food. Limit yourself to reasonable portions—here’s a visual guide to what moderate servings actually look like. In the long run, portion control will help you maintain a healthy weight and save tons of money. One of the easiest tricks is to use smaller plates. Adopt this attitude when you eat out, too—those loaded appetizers and main dishes are perfectly shareable. And you don’t have to eat them all in one sitting—take some home for later.
Vegetable-rich one-pot meals save you time and supply tons of healthy leftovers, which you can always freeze.
Save your residuals from meat and vegetables like bones, onion tops, carrot tops, even wilted veggies, and brew your own batch of broth. It’s easy: