Eating Well on a Budget
Today we have a guest post from an award winning Financial Services firm in Melbourne. If you love food and you’re also on a budget, chances are you find it difficult not to overspend. Luckily, there are some tried and trusted tricks. Here are our top picks:
Buy in Bulk
If you buy in bulk you’ll pay less per item. It can feel pretty costly upfront because you don’t necessarily need a case of canned tomatoes, but over time, the savings are huge. Try shopping at Costco or ordering meat in bulk online.
Make friends with your freezer
It’s easy to resort to takeaway food when life gets busy but the cost can add up. Try cooking up large batches of stews and curries and freezing individual portions instead. That way you’ll have them ready to go when you don’t have time to cook.
Plan Ahead & Budget
Saving money & Budgeting at the supermarket requires foresight. Always go to the store with a list made up. I’ve noticed that if I don’t have a list I’m guaranteed to buy a heap of things that I don’t need (and that usually end up going off in the fridge anyway). Take the time to plan out your meals for the week ahead and shop accordingly.
Pack Your Lunch
While it may not be as fun as long lunching with your work mates, eating a packed lunch is less expensive as well as healthier for you and your wallet. Take the time to pack a lunch you know you love the night before so you can look forward to eating it at work.
Avoid the Supermarkets if you can
Although the supermarket may be convenient, it’s definitely not the cheapest option out there. Get your fresh food at the local farmers market or order food boxes. As well as being cheaper, it tends to be much fresher which means it lasts longer in your fridge!
Avoid Eating Out
Although eating out is fun, it can quickly drain your finances. Save eating out for special occasions and host at-home dinner parties with your mates instead. Plan each dinner with a set budget, that way you can enjoy each other’s company and relax in the knowledge that you won’t wake up the next day with an empty bank account.
Catch the Rising Tide are Financial Planners based in Melbourne.
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