Inflation is eating away at our money, and it’s not just a problem for families. Here are 13 simple tips that will save you big bucks when dining out.
Inflation rises and rises. The biggest driver is energy costs, but groceries are also becoming more expensive. According to the Federal Statistics Office, we had to pay 14.8 percent more for food and drink in July than a year ago (for comparison: the inflation rate in January was only 5 percent). No apparent improvement.
But if you follow these tips, you can save a lot of money when shopping and cooking.
13 Tips to Save Money on Dining Out
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1) Pay attention to suggestions: Every supermarket has new offers every day, and some even have entire shelves or freezers full of products that are about to expire. Bargains are plentiful, especially on Saturdays before the shops close. And there were brochures posted in many corridors. By the way, crouching is also useful – the cheapest groceries are always on the bottom shelf.
2) Seasonal shopping: Spinach and cauliflower in April, pumpkin and grapes in September – buying seasonally not only brings flavor and vitamins to the plate, but always saves money. Our seasonal calendar shows when it’s ready.
3) Make a weekly plan: Every time we leave the supermarket, there is more than planned on the trolley. Because once you’re inside, you run the risk of making unnecessary impulse purchases (a bulk bag of Toffifee, a bottle of wine, a delicious fruit salad…). It is cost-effective to make a shopping list for several days at the store and work through it consistently.
4) Choose frozen and canned foods: If you turn your nose up here, you’re wrong. Frozen fruits and vegetables stay fresh for months because of their health benefits and are inexpensive. For example, if you refrigerate fruit for breakfast muesli instead of buying it fresh for a few days, you save a lot and you don’t have to throw anything away, because the manufacturer freezes everything immediately after harvesting. Therefore, the quality of frozen goods is not inferior to that of fresh goods. The same goes for canned chickpeas, corn, or tomatoes.
5) Use food apps: Very Good and Food Sharing apps help you get cheap or free food. Very Good connects you with restaurants and stores that have tableware or food scraps and sell them to customers who collect them at a discounted price. With the “Foodsharing” application, you can get free food from others and get rid of yourself.
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6) Clean up! The pods and stalks can also be delicious and filling—they don’t require anything extra. For example, you can cook asparagus soup in the skins, use cauliflower and kohlrabi leaves, cut broccoli stalks into skewers, or make crispy chips from the skins of (sweet) potatoes. Blogger Kate’s recipe can be found here: Make Your Own Potato Peel Chips.
7) cooking: Anyone who precooks and freezes large quantities of sauces or soups will always have supplies on hand, saving time, expensive energy, and money.
8) Retro kitchen: This is not always necessary beautiful be Noodles with tomato sauce, cottage cheese, mustard, boiled potatoes – today there are many dishes that are very cheap. Here you can find recipes under 5 euros.
9) Zero waste: Almost 30 percent of our food goes to waste. It is also dangerous and expensive. By not throwing away food, you’ll save a ton of money. You can freeze the leftovers or make a casserole, pan, casserole or casserole. Here are our ideas and recipes for leftovers.
10) herb garden: If you often use herbs such as basil, dill or rosemary, it makes sense to get the appropriate plant. Saves plastic and money!
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11) Bread and buns: Confectionery unfortunately dries out and hardens quickly, but even then they have potential. You can bake bread and rolls, make toast, make croutons or bread dumplings. Baking your own bread also saves money: baking mixes for 69 cents.
12) Thirsty! Drinking tap water instead of bottled water saves money and energy. Open the tap, put the glass down, drink! Or to make it taste better: bottle and refrigerate.
13) FDH (“Eat Half”): Seriously!? Okay, this may sound harsh at first, but most of us want to lose a few pounds. What could be more obvious than eating less? Experience has shown that it is not easy, but given the high cost of food, it can be easy to resist culinary temptations. Or as Dr. Ann Fleck on the BRIGITTE Woman Podcast “Mean Me. Women in the Midst of Life” on weight loss? “Some people eat 17 or 20 meals a day, because even a latte or a glass of juice is food for the body,” he says. Can you save money sometimes?