Many of us have our resolutions for 2020, and one of those is to save money and eat better. Eating at home can tackle both. It’s cheaper than a restaurant, and you often eat healthier when you cook at home. With that said, you may wonder what the best ways to save money in this year are. Here are a few tips to get you started on saving!
Getting Your Protein in
Many people want to try the keto diet in 2020, but keto food is pricey. There are, however, ways for you to save. Here are a few ways to eat some protein without spending a fortune:
- Eat more eggs. These are a protein and a nutrition-rich snack, and they are a lot cheaper than other meats. Eggs aren’t just a breakfast food; they’re great for any time of day.
- Beans and legumes are good as well. You may have to see how many carbs they have, if you’re going on a keto meal, but if you’re not, they’re great for your protein source.
- Buy chicken and cheaper meats rather than spending too much on beef. It’s packed with protein and is overall healthier than you.
- Also, look for smaller portions if possible.
Invest a Little in Kitchen Tools
Do you have a little holiday money leftover? Why not invest in the hottest kitchen gadgets that can save you time and effort cooking. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on a mixer; that is a little counterproductive, but if you can purchase Instant Pots or slow cookers to make meal prep easier. If you just have a stove and a microwave, spend a bit. It may be an investment, but you can end up saving more in the long run.
Try Generic Brands
Many people want to have the name brand, but in 2020, why not try the store brands? Many store brands, especially in the big name shops, are just as good as their counterparts. In fact, if you did a blind taste test, you may not be able to tell the difference. Sometimes, the price difference between name brand and generic doesn’t seem that much; for instance, it may be 50 cents. However, that adds up after a while!
Another thing you need to consider is the cost of going to the store and driving. Sometimes, that cost may be a little too much. Services such as Instacart may be beneficial if the cost to make it to the grocery store is less than their services.
In addition, many stores have free shipping for some items, especially non-perishables. If you're a Sam’s Club shopper, having a Plus membership gives you free shipping on most non-perishable food items. It’s great if you're running low and a certain food item and don’t want to make an extra trip out.
Cut your portions and eat less food. Not only is this great if you have a weight loss goal, but you just feel better doing it. Of course, there are many times where you have a hard time controlling what you eat. In that case, go to counseling or speak to someone else who can help you.
There are many websites and publications that give coupons, but not enough people use them because they feel like they’re a waste of time. Don’t think like that. There are many reasons why using a coupon is a smart move, and you should give it a try if you’re not doing it. With that said, never give the cashier too much grief if they don’t accept your coupon, or it’s expired!
Don’t Throw Away Food
Unless it’s gone bad, try to avoid throwing away food. Often, foods that have a sell-by date are still good even after their date, unless they’re extremely perishable. Always eat everything, and use leftovers for next night. Avoid throwing away any food if you can help it.
In 2020, it’s important to save a little money and leave a smaller footprint, but have a bigger bank account. Look at your grocery budget and see what you can do to get the most out of it.