Finding ways to save a bit of cash around the place is my specialty at the moment.
I kind of have to as my other specialty is online shopping when stressed and I have just done two weeks of school holidays while the Mr has been away.
I like my new dresses.
When I am on track with my grocery shopping and following these tricks below I am able to make my shops go a lot, further saving cash in the kitchen.
Don’t just shop the specials
When I am shopping (solo preferably) I don’t just grab the items that are on special. Always read the part of the shelf tag that says the price per kg/100ml/each. I will often find that the special still isn’t as good of a price per weight on the next size up.
You can normally find the price per weight in small print under the item price. This is something I am in the habit of doing and some items cost, like nappies, is embedded into my brain.
Having an idea on what you want to cook for dinner each night will give you a more streamlined approach to your grocery shop. You know what you need for what the plan is and you don’t end up over-spending by purchasing random items that you think you might use.
The only way I stick to meal planning is to have a notepad (like this one at Kikki-K) on my fridge. There are so many great free downloadable planners too but my issue is I never have one in easy reach each week and for me that is key.
Speaking of planning your grocery shop, I do the majority of my groceries online.
For one, it is just easier while the Mr is away for work and two, I am put off buying anything extra.
Today, for example, I needed milk and yogurt. I walked out of Coles having spent $143, Leni had already eaten a portion of food in my trolly and Ari was bribed with a little plastic fantastic toy. Having both kids with me never works out well, plus this time, I went in hungry. Bad planning right there!
I used to get everything delivered but now Click and Collect is how I like to pick up. The rebel in me never liked being told I had to be at home for a certain window of time and my deliveries always arrived in the last 30 minutes. Click and Collect is free (with a minimum spend) and I can just schedule it in when I know I will be out and about. Easy!
Big batch cooking
This one I really have to be on my game for but not only does it save me money, it cuts back waste and keeps healthy meals easily available.
Big batch cooking is also handy for school lunches and afternoon snacks. This year I have been invited to two big batch swaps. Each had a theme (one was lunch box and the other was weeknight dinners), we all just said the dish we were going to make (to avoid double ups) and then got together for the big swap. Great community spirit and pretty, bloody handy!
I have my eye on this book at the moment which is filled with big batch recipes.
My husband jokes that if NASA ever needed a family to go into space we would be the perfect candidates.
Our kids love a pouch but my purse does not. Convenience costs and yes it is very handy but a reusable pouch filled with better quality and healthier product is far better for the environment, your child and your bank balance.
I started using Little Mashies pouches a while ago with Leni. She is far more flexible with her eating, just as long as she is being fed. There are plenty of pouches on the market. From the few that I have tried, I liked Little Mashies because I found them easier to clean and dry out with the help of a whisk.
Note that they are easily thrown out by those not in the know. I have lost two from helpers cleaning up after the kids. So keep an eye on them and let people know they are reusable.
Recently, Little Mashies offered me a box so I could try their product. Except I had tried it and loved it because I had won a box from another lovely blogger. Instead of me keeping another 10 pouches I am offering them to you.
All you need to do to win a 10 pack of Little Mashies reusable squeeze pouches is tell me what you would fill your pouches with.
Competition is now closed.
Congratulations to our winner: Reannon!
Terms and Conditions:
- This is a game of skill. Entry via a comment on this post on Calm to Conniption as per the question above.
- One entry per person.
- The winner of the giveaway will be chosen by Karin O’Grady based on the most creative answer.
- This giveaway is open to all Calm to Conniption readers in Australia.
- This giveaway is hosted by Karin O’Grady via the Calm to Conniption blog at www.calmtoconniption.com.
- The prize consists of 1x 10 Pack of Litle Mashies.
- The giveaway opens on Tuesday 12 July 2016 and closes midnight AEST on Monday 18 July 2016.
- The giveaway winner will be announced on Calm to Conniption on Tuesday 19 July 2016 and will be notified by email (if provided) or reply comment. If no reply by midnight 22 July, a runner-up will be chosen to receive the prizes. The Second Prize winner will be notified in the same way.
This post is in no way sponsored by Little Mashies (or Coles I might add). They sent me a product to try but I already had and they are a part of our everyday life so I am giving one of my readers a chance to try Little Mashies instead.
Do you have any thrifty tips for saving dough in the kitchen? Pun completely intended!
And don’t forget it you want to win those Little Mashies; what would you put in those pouches?
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