How to save? Buy food as manager
Wake up any college student and he will tell you in the middle of the night that you are talking about basic managerial roles. You can use a similar model when buying food.
Plan the number of servings
It is not necessary for you to write menus for the whole family every day. Then cooking becomes a slave and spontaneity disappears.
All you have to do is plan an adequate number of “servings” for a few days in advance.
Calculate that each family member needs one fair portion of food a day. One such portion tentatively consists of:
- 50 g vegetables ,
- 150-200 g protein components (meat, eggs, pulses, dairy products),
- 80 g side dishes (rice, potatoes, pasta).
We recommend shopping for a maximum of 4 days in advance, in a four-member household it means buying 16 servings of food.
So you can buy 900 grams of vegetables, 3,000 grams of protein ingredients and 1,280 grams of side dishes. What specifically, it already depends on your taste preferences. The rest of your purchase then consists only of breakfast (eg cereals) and light dinners (eg wholemeal bread, butter, quality ham and some vegetables).
Shop on schedule
Supermarket workers put eye-catching items into shelves at the eye level, attracting you with their packaging and price. Don’t succumb .
Write a shopping list at home and follow it exactly. This is to help it in that you go to the store bristling. Can you imagine an assistant to a company that is going to buy toners for a printer, and “just by the way” will they buy covers for office chairs and shredders? The boss would probably tear her up.
Store food correctly
Wrap the fresh bread in a linen or cotton cloth and keep it at room temperature – never store it in a plastic bag. On the contrary , leave the rolls in the bag, as they would quickly harden in the dishcloth.
Store “dry” food such as flour, salt, coffee, tea, spices or pasta in a dry place, ideally in closable containers. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables belong to an environment with low temperature and high humidity – a cellar is great.
Place meat, milk and eggs in the refrigerator; these foods are suitable for a dark place with a temperature of about 2-8 ° C. Beware of minced meat, the limit is 2 ° C maximum, it should be in a cooler environment.
Don’t forget to check
In companies they make regular inventories, you don’t have to call it so flashy. But when you review what you have at home once a week (or whenever you plan a purchase plan), you avoid buying unnecessary things.
Feel free to call it inventory optimization, but most of all, don’t buy what you’re full of. Even though it’s discounted. We saw households that had stocks of canned fish for about 2 years ahead. There is no need to buy more, during those 2 years they will be discounted several more times.