I don’t know about you, but for us, January is often pretty tight when it comes to finances. It’s right after the Holidays and though we have a budget for our Christmas spending, January is a time when our family tends to buckle down on spending. I’m married to a frugal farmer, so we don’t tend to spend much in the first place, but even more so in January. January for us is cutting back on spending and on other things as well!
How many of you have had to wear your comfy pants for Christmas dinner? All the festivities and celebrating with food seem common for most during the Holidays. Winter makes me want to hibernate because with -20 something temperature plus windchill, the cold is too harsh to enjoy our favourite outdoor Winter activities.
Yet, we still need to keep busy and active.
Some of the things I do to save time and money in our house:
- Make food stretch – I know this sounds extremely frugal of me, but I often use one piece of meat (enough for 1 person) to feed my family of three. Instead of everyone getting their own steak, I use a single portion and do a stiry-fry with loads of veggies.
- Cook in big batches and freeze – Kind of like Canadian Beef’s “big batch beef” recipe. I find if I make batches of chili, lasagna or cabbage rolls and freeze some for future meals, it cuts down on time and prep…and saves a busy mom’s sanity.
- Keep our freezer full – As a farming family, our freezers are always full. I freeze the produce from our gardens for Winter use. We have a freezer for beef and other meats, a freezer for vegetables and fruits/berries, and a freezer for other things like bread, baked goods, etc.
- Make a list & avoid impulse shopping – Having a list and knowing what you need at the grocery store really does save time and money. Go in, get what you need, pay, and leave! Easy in and out shopping helps avoid the risk of impulse shopping. We’re usually pretty good at this, except when Little One decides she’d like to buy something like ready-made sushi or something! Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry!
Canadian Beef has some great tips on saving as well!
Canadian Beef’s Registered Dietician, Karine Gale shares some fabulous tips on Balancing My Budget here.
Some other fabulous tips for saving include: Top 5 Beef Tips to help you save money and time, and Top 10 grocery shopping tips to stretch your food dollar. I love these tips! I’m happy to say that I do most of these. Some are new to me, but I’ll definitely be putting into practice (like 1. Do Some Legwork &
Plan out a week’s worth of meals in advance and 10. Store your Groceries Properly to Avoid Waste).
What are some of the things you do in your home to save time and money?
Disclosure: I am a Canadian Beef Ambassador and have been compensated for this post. However, all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way by my association with the program.