FAMILY FINANCES FRIDAY!
12 Healthy and Thrifty Kitchen Cs for the New Year!
How many people agree with me that the Kitchen is the part of the house that gulps the most money in every household? If you do, then you will also agree it's an area we need to look into if we really would have a successful financial journey and achieve all our goals. I'd share with us today 12 Cs we should bear in mind for 2016 with regards to taming those kitchen/food related expenses!
1.Cook More Reduce eating out to the barest minimum. Some buy breakfast, lunch and even dinner outside. As a woman, whether single or not; why would you keep empowering eateries and bukas and supressing the potentials of your own kitchen? Apart from saving money, you also preserve your health!. We once discussed the benefits of packing food to work. Invest in a cookbook. Ditch the canteen, save money.
2. Combine your Grocery/foodstuffs shopping for each month. Everyday grocery shopping is an outlet for wastage. It makes you buy the unnecessaries, spoils your budget and makes balancing of your accounts frustrating!. Combine purchases from Mile 12, Apongbon, Costco, Tesco, "Isaleco", or wherever! Once you identify your budget for the month, group your purchases, save time, money and avoid the temptation to overspend. You can "pool-buy" with friends too.
3. CANS - Reduce them: in this day of canned tomato, canned fruits, canned fish, canned pepper, canned everything, we are losing the benefits of natural foods. Ditch the cans sometimes(I know they could be very convenient) and go natural! Cut your vegetables for your fried rice, buy your fruits for your fruit salad. If you have to use cans, use them sparingly. Don't can your health away!
4. Contents of your family diet. A lot of people don't review what they eat or serve on the table for their family. All carbs, no veges, small protein all make an imbalanced diet. You see mummy taking 3 pieces of meat and giving their children one piece to share! Who needs the protein more? Mummy or junior? The younger, the more protein should be the rule; not the other way round. Children need calciulm( in milk) for the bones, the various vitamins for development. I always wonder why children overseas look taller than their agemates in this part of the world. I think it's more diet-related. . (my opinion). With all due respect, let's stop feeding our children with junks. Not saying we shouldn’t indulge them but sometimes let carrots, cherries, cucumber replace the cheese balls and cocopops. Put cherries in cocopops and grapes and bananas in cereals( eat them too). Introduce cabbages, cucumbers and Vitamin-C-enriched drinks rather than caprisone all the time. Some children even drink 3 per day: God is watching you in 3D! Don't complain your child is overweighed! Good nutrition is key.
5. Cakes: Every woman must be able to bake basic cakes and cookies! Indulge your family occasionally. You should to learn to bake the most basic of all as cupcakes; sponge cakes etc. Leave the cakes for special occasions to the professionals. You don’t have to frost/ice. Invest in a small cupcake maker, or a small oven. You’d be glad you did. Slip them into your hubby's food pack and the children's lunch pack; they'd boast about you everywhere! . Please don’t say I told you, you could with N1,500 or even less make a 500grams size of cake. We'd have Claire Abdul-Azeez Ogunbona teach us basic recipes for home baking. Check youtube videos too!
6. Croaker, Chicken, Cat fish Family: Keep the Doctors away, do less of red meat or none at all. There are many equally good sources of protein. Be careful also about frozen chicken/ turkey. You can do point and kill. It's fresher, healthier and tastier!
7. Chapman and Cocktails: Ditch the Colas and the "Chis". Some of them tell you the drinks contain 100% this and that...Hehehe, marketing gimmicks! Embrace your home made drinks. Learn to do them. Sometimes, turn your living room into a cinema and serve from the supplies from your kitchen. Do your home made cocktail, pop your corn (there are 1 min microwaveable popcorn) Make your club sandwich etc. You'd be amazed at how much you'll be saving.
9. Calendar: Sometimes, it's good to create a Kitchen Timetable/Calendar to serve as a guide for what to cook and buy. It works wonders, I do use a calendar. Mark out days when you would want to make special meals for the family too.
10. Clean Kitchen: Keep your kitchen clean. No plates in the sink overnight. Pack up your foods into the refrigerator too. Don't leave Food in the pots on the cooker overnight. The cooker must be cleaned in readiness for the next day's job. Clean Kitchen, less germs, less visits to the doctor, proud mum, happy family. Some people's microwaves harbour enough germs to feed the amoeba world! Clean, Change, Clear!
11. Cut into pieces. When you shop in bulk, cut and arrange into bits, label them by dates. Same thing when you cook in bulk; soups, stews, whatever. Keep them tidy and handy. Bring out just what is needed for one or two meals. Allow thawing time. Use the microwave less! And I hear it's better to warm your food in microwaveable dishes( not plastic) and always cover whatever you are warming.
12. Cookware, Cooker and Cutlery: Invest in a good set of Cookware,Cutlery, Cooker and Cups. That's a woman's pride. Learn how to plate food well. There are different styles. Don't put soup on rice for your hubby; serve the food in an interesting manner....Hehehe. Make everyone glad to be at the table during mealtimes, Let them look forward to it.
Remember,what a man eats is what he flies with....It all starts from your kitchen...Take Charge!
Watch out for next year, we'd be having physical sessions on learning different meal types..
Sola Shiphrah Adesakin
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