On a tight budget? Fret not as here are some ways to feed yourself when you are low on budget!
A lot of people struggle to put food on the table and have a hard time feeding themselves. You will have a harder time looking for food when you have young ones to feed too. The amount of stress and worry is immense for you.
There may be charities and organizations that provide monthly help for anyone who is struggling. Besides all of that, we are sure you will want to know how to make your penny go the extra mile.
Or you may not be someone who is financially struggling. You may just be looking for ways of not always having to spend so much money on food.
Being a bit of a penny-pincher myself, I can totally understand why you’d like to save some money and expenses on food. Here are some ways you can put food on the table under budget.
1. Make food for the week
This is the most common suggestion if you are to do a quick search online. It shows up in almost every budget-eats suggestion article, including this one. Nothing wrong with making food for the week.
What you can do is to buy food during the weekends. Then when you get back, you can start preparing your meals for the week. Put them in containers, then label them before you put them in the freezer.
If you think making food by the week is too much, we understand. Your other alternative is to make food for the next 2 to 3 days. That way your food won’t really go bad. It’s less likely you will “get bored” of the same food too. It all depends, really. Some people can’t be bothered with making food every 2 to 3 days. Perhaps they are tired after coming home from a long day’s work, hence no energy.
2. Buy reduced price fresh foods
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Fresh foods in Malaysia are expensive, though not to the extent of costing an arm and a leg. Not every supermarket or farmers’ market has a reduced fresh fruits and vegetable section.
However, you can ask your local farmers’ market if they have fruits and vegetables that are about to go bad. Pretty sure they will try to have their “about to go bad” fresh produce be sold as soon as possible. Get those. It can help you save some money.
The thing is if the fruits are about to go bad, you can either juice them or turn them into pastries. It’s still food nonetheless.
3. Freeze your food
One way of making your food last longer is to freeze them. Meat items can be frozen for a few months and not go bad. Vegetables and fruits, less so. Nonetheless, it works. Sometimes what you can do is to buy your fresh produce in bulk and then freeze them.
If you want to keep your cooked dishes in the freezer, you can do that too. They might not last as long but it works too.
4. Buy off-brands or budget brands
Ever went to the supermarket and see budget brands sold alongside international brands? Well yeah, budget brands or in-store brands exist. And they are cheaper by a certain percentage too.
We get that sometimes budget brands may not taste very good. However, there are some budget brands that are actually not as bad. Maybe what you can do is to buy some of them and try them at home. There’s bound to be 1 or 2 in-store brands that are actually all right. Some are even better than international or well-known brands too!
5. Buy products at a reduced price
Certain supermarkets have sales during certain days of the week. The supermarkets near where I live have weekly membership sales every Saturday and Sunday. From the weekend prices they advertise every week, I can say they are cheaper by up to 50% sometimes.
The only catch? You’ll have to check the expiry dates. Sometimes the prices are greatly reduced is because the food is close to expiring. However, sometimes expired food can still be consumed within a certain amount of days after the printed expiry date. Just make sure you consume it within limits and thought.
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