The age of austerity may have drawn to a close (at least on paper) but it doesn’t mean that households up and down the country aren’t extremely conscious of their expenditure. Indeed, as we see in the new year, many families across the nation look to the new year with a sense of hope and anticipation
Indeed, as we see in the new year, many families across the nation look to the new year with a sense of hope and anticipation… But also a great deal of apprehension. As the
Yet, wasting money is something that we as a nation are incredibly adept at doing. We like to convince ourselves that we are a thrifty and waste conscious nation but we can also be extremely wasteful in a number of ways.
From wasteful energy and water use to throwing away
It’s where meals and memories are made and the place where the whole family bonds over good food and conversation. With this in mind, if we cut down on money wastage in the kitchen,
Go plant based
You may, dear reader, have grown accustomed to seeing mentions of Veganuary flooding your social media timeline at the start of every year for the last few years.
Indeed, the global initiative that eschews meat, eggs and dairy products for a
ot only is it a (potentially) healthier diet with much less saturated fat and the absence of processed meats (which are, let’s not forget, type 1
Veggies, fruits, grains and pulses are cheaper than meat, eggs, dairy and offal and tend to last a lot longer helping you to cut down food bills and reduce food waste.
Keep your head in the fridge
Not literally, of course. But it’s worth sticking your head in the fridge every once in a while to take stock of what’s in there and plan the week’s meals accordingly. One of the biggest contributors to global food waste is poor refrigerator management.
For example, when you buy new foods, it may be quick and easy to position them at the front of the fridge. However, when we do this, we’re far more likely to forget about the stuff that’s lingering at the back. Before we know it we have a smelly fridge that’s half full of spoiled food.
Beware of false economy when buying cookware
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a reluctant cook or a culinary goddess, every kitchen needs plates, pots, pans and assorted cookware. However, as tempting as it may be to buy cheaper, it’s important to invest in high-quality cookware.
It might cost you a little more upfront but it will last you for years and years as well as making cooking (and washing up) easier and less stressful. Speaking of washing up…
Think twice about how you wash your dishes
Water is a precious commodity. There are still nations in the world where people struggle to get access to clean, drinkable water. If those people saw how we treat our readily available water supply they’d probably blanche with shock.
If you’re the kind of person who lets the water flow free while they do the washing you may be surprised to learn just how quickly all that water that goes down the drain adds up. Even a simple thing like buying a wash bowl can save you £25 a year.
Think twice before buying appliances that you really don’t need!
Finally, in many ways the kitchen is just like any other room in the house. It’s fun to put gadgets in your kitchen just as it is to fill your living room with them. They provide a talking point and can lend your kitchen an air of cutting-edge prestige… But how often do we actually use them?
It’s fun to look through catalogues and websites cooing over shiny chrome bread makers and those glorious (but criminally expensive) Kitchen Aid mixers. However, unless you’re a professional chef most of these high tech appliances are just a waste of money!