MONEY MANAGEMENT : SAVE MONEY ON FOOD!
One thing must kill a man and for some people, that thing is food. For the rest of us, we shall eat.
Food is one of the major channels of insensible money loss i.e money that gets spent but because you feel it's for food, in your head it can't be that much or it doesn't really matter. It does! If you're looking to save some extra cash, minimising your spending on food is a wonderful place to start.
Here are some tips to help you save money on food:
Learn how to cook: A lot of people buy food or eat out because they cannot cook. Don't worry, I'm not judging you, but you should probably learn a few recipes. There are several blogs, Instagram pages and YouTube channels that give detailed instructions on how how to prepare several dishes; Sisi Yemmie, 9jafoodie, Ifys Kitchen, Dooney's kitchen are some of the ones you can check out.
However, it's not enough to learn how to cook. You should learn how to cook healthy meals that will keep you full for longer so you don't have to spend extra money in between meals.
Have a meal timetable: After you've learnt how to toss a few things together to make something edible and appealing, or maybe you even know how to cook already, you can draw up a meal timetable. For the new chefs, you don't have to cook everyday at the beginning, you can alternate eating out and having home-cooked meals at a decent ratio while you work on learning more recipes to completely fill the timetable. For the veterans, you can throw in eating out a couple of times a month to spice things up a little and as a reward.
Meal Prep: Meal prepping is a great way to save time and money. After drawing up your timetable, pick one day of the week, could be the weekend or your day off during the week, to prepare the home-cooked meals you have on your timetable and store them in your fridge. It might seem cumbersome at the time of prepping but you'll be glad you did when you wake up in the morning or get back from work and you don't have to go through the stress of cooking. It'll also help you cut down on unexpected eating out that could arise from being too tired or lazy to cook.
Make nights out, nights in: Dates and hangouts are very efficient money pumps. It's not entirely bad to have your dates and hangouts at restaurants but you can save a lot of money by cooking and having some of those dates at home instead. You and the boo(or girls, or boys) could pick a nice looking recipe, get some ingredients at the local market or a grocery store and whip something up in someone's kitchen. Cooking together can make for some amazing bonding time.
Not every time eat out, sometimes eat in.
What I've shared above are only a few of many ways you can save money on food. If you have anymore tips, please share in the comments.