July 29, 2012
Supplanting a quick caveat to the article below, the only portion in which I would disagree with would be in microwaving the food after its frozen. A better option would be to bake the food in the oven or to cook it on the stove.
Through research it was found that Russia had banned microwaves due to them destroying up to 97% of the nutritional content of foods. Other then that, the article below shows very creative ways in which families can save money in these hard economic times.
We must not overlook the value of proper nutrition though, as most disease surfaces due to incorrect nutrition and essential vitamin deficiencies.
by: George Ure and Gaye Levy
July 29, 2012
Of all expenses people can control, perhaps the one with the biggest variation (percentage-wise) is food budgets. If you eat out all the time, these costs can be enormous. Or, at home, they can be modest – and with some gardening they can be very low.
The problem with budgeting, though, is it is no fun whatsoever. You get so many dollars set aside for eating, and that’s it.
So instead of such a dreary approach to food budgeting, George has been noodling some more interesting ways to make ends meet. How about eight simple budgeting strategies?
This idea occurred to me because on our recent adventuring around the country I was keeping track of our expenses every single day. As a result, I looked at our bank card and checking accounts every day online. What quickly became apparent was the fact that we had a fair number of “zero dollar days” – that is, days when nothing came out of checking or went on the credit card.
Extending the concept a bit, I figured that one way to really stretch the food bill would be to buy everything in containers that are as economical as possible – without having things spoil, of course – but stocking up for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.
Sure, you might have to resort to frozen veggies for the second half of the period, and maybe toss in a $5-dollar jug of milk, but mainly you’d be able to go longer and longer periods of time between trips to the grocery store.
We did this a fair bit back when Elaine and I were living on the boat, but for some reason it didn’t occur to me to make this an ongoing protocol. Sure, Gaye covers a lot of this on the Backdoor Survival site, but I hadn’t seen it written up as a budgeting plan: Pretend your home is a sea-going ship and you’re stocking up for a two-week voyage and that’s it. It changes how you spend money, that’s for sure.
Zero garbage days
This is another weird one, but it follows along from the same kind of thinking. Pretend that instead of a ship going somewhere, you’re in a spacecraft and all the stuff you take has to be hauled back home with you. What this immediately does is get you into the idea of cooking in batches and then storing frozen or refrigerated containers of this, that, or the other thing.
The more garbage you’re creating, the more packaging you’re throwing out; and packaging isn’t free, and usually (but not always) big sizes of everything pay off over time. If, that is, you can store the portions and that means some small investment in Tupperware or similar plastic containers.