More and more people feel that a month is a few days too long in financial terms. You have just too little left to do anything fun and in some cases you can’t even make ends meet. However, you can save more money if you put everything in order. You can save a lot of money by shopping.
Many people buy groceries just before they eat. Because the appetite for a meal is great, you are inclined to throw some extras in the shopping cart and not strictly stick to the shopping list. Therefore, go shopping after you have just eaten. After all, you feel satisfied so that the urge for something extra is less great.
The supermarket brochures and newspapers that are distributed door-to-door always contain the offers of the week. For example, in one case these are the steaks and in the other the soft drinks or fruit. Most of us are used to going to the same local supermarket out of habit. That is purely out of convenience. It takes a little more time to go from one supermarket to another, but it is really worth it. So remove that no sticker from the letterbox and let the leaflets flutter freely on the doormat.
In the previous tip I had beef steaks on offer as an example. For example, buy three times the amount you need and divide it into portions to freeze. Did you know that you can freeze most vegetables once you have blanched them? Blanching involves immersing it in boiling water for three to five minutes and then immediately cooling it under a cold tap. Divide into portions and freeze.
It is easy to go to the supermarket once a week and that is why we go en masse by car because we often see shopping as a necessary evil. Parking is not free everywhere and therefore costs extra money. Why not by bike or on foot. Spread the groceries over the week. You can then focus much better on offers and you don’t have to take so much with you at once. Plus, a little extra exercise isn’t bad for most of us.
Most supermarkets have their own house brands. These house brands often come from the same assembly line as the much more expensive A-brands. Only the labels are different. You really have to be a connoisseur if you want to taste the difference between, for example, brand A or own brand peanut butter. The difference in euros can be quite significant at the checkout.
Most fresh products are available all year round. Only the price may vary from season to season. Peppers and tomatoes are simply more expensive in winter than in summer. In addition, tomatoes leak less in winter because they are not sun-ripened. Cabbage, beetroot and Brussels sprouts are typical winter vegetables and are therefore the cheapest in that season. Eat seasonally as much as possible.
Most legumes can be bought dried and are much cheaper than buying them in a jar or can. Moreover, they contain more proteins and they taste much better. Legumes also contain vitamin B complexes, minerals and carbohydrates. In combination with grain products, they are good meat substitutes. Dried white and brown beans must be soaked overnight and boiled for about an hour. The Dutch do not eat as many legumes as the Spaniards, for example. In winter we eat pea soup, capuchins and brown beans. There are many summer and winter recipes with legumes that are absolutely worth trying.
Older people among us know the expression: ‘On the market your guilder is worth a thaler’. And that is not an empty statement. If you have the opportunity to go to the market in your area, I would definitely do so. A visit can be worthwhile, especially at the end of a market day. Most market vendors want to get rid of their goods and that is why fish, vegetables, fruit and flowers are for sale for next to nothing. Be careful on hot days because spoilage can quickly occur.
Ready-made fruit drinks are extremely popular. Research from the TROS Radar program showed more than a year ago that fresh fruit and vegetables are much healthier. You can make the most delicious drinks with the fruit you just bought cheaply at the market. With a fruit or hand blender you can make the most exotic drinks yourself. You can store it in a tightly sealed jar or bottle in the refrigerator for a few days. You can even freeze it. It is also wonderful to make your own yogurt drinks. That saves a sip on a drink.
We tend to throw away old bread, leftover food, and poorly squeezed tubes. Bread doesn’t have to go stale if you divide it into portions and freeze it. You can breathe new life into rolls that are one or two days old by wetting them and then baking them in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for five minutes. They then smell delicious and taste crispy. You can freeze leftover food until you have enough for a meal at some point. If you think that a rolled up tube of toothpaste is completely empty, you may be mistaken. Just cut it open. You can probably brush your teeth with it twice more.