When you have a big goal that requires money, one of the first things you probably cut out of your budget is eating out.
What that means brewing coffee at home, packing a lunch every day for work, and eating in at night.
This may not be hard at first because of your enthusiasm for your goal, but over time it can become frustrating if you do not plan well. And if you are like me and more of an “event” cook than a day-to-day cook, you may already be feeling the stress of having to provide delicious meals to your family every night in addition to all your other responsibilities.
This is when it becomes very tempting to call for pizza or go out for dinner, and before you know it, your plan to save on eating out is out the window.
Investment cooking is simply thinking ahead by setting aside one day a month to plan, shop, cook, and freeze your meals.
Investment cooking can:
- Keep you on your budget
- Save time by having delicious meals ready to eat when you get home from work
- Give you the food variety that last-minute cooking cannot
- Insure that you are getting the proper nutrients
- Prevent food spoilage from good intentions that didn’t make it to completion
Investment cooking is an art, and it takes planning, proper kitchen setup, and smart labeling practices.
Here are a few tips to get you started with your own investment cooking experiment:
- Plan your menus and find recipes to keep everyone happy
- Create a master shopping list,with tips on navigating the grocery aisles
- Organize your kitchen for a “big” cooking day
- Research time-saving tricks/tips for creating multiple meals
- Lay out the containers for your meals in advance
Are you ready to take charge of your food budget? Think of all the money and frustration you can save by avoiding last-minute dinner decisions.