When prices are skyrocketing in your country, food is disappearing, and unemployment is growing even faster, then simple recipes and saving techniques become the only way to survive in such extreme conditions. Nothing complicated, it’s just common sense.
By products. Do not take sausages or sausages, yes, fast and tasty, but too expensive. Buy meat. Do not take on the bones, fillet is better, it is more expensive, but in terms of net weight it is more profitable. You don’t eat bones, do you? Do not take heavily frozen meat, when defrosting, the volume and weight will be 1.5 times less. Especially if it’s something on the bone, like a ham. Take chilled. Meat can be replaced with mushrooms. In autumn, you can buy from grandmothers in the market. Be sure to take someone with you who fumbles in mushrooms or study everything yourself. In winter, take it frozen or on sale.
Milk, eggs, cheese. If you live in a city where there are private traders or farmers who sell their products, which are both better and cheaper than a supermarket. You can find them by the cluster of grandmothers at 6-9 in the morning with empty bottles and string bags. You can take chopped, if you know that you will eat them in a couple of days, they are discounted. Cons: you have to get up early, because these people bring milk immediately after morning milking, and they milk early, at 5-6 in the morning. Plus, it may not be enough for everyone, so it’s better in advance.
Under milk and sour cream, it is better to take your container. They may or may not be there (remember, this is not a supermarket), or they may just wash bottles after sodas. And how well they wash is unknown. In general, it will be calmer in your own.
Plus, it’s delicious and natural.
Bread is advantageous to take in small bakeries, where, as a rule, it is cheaper and always fresh.
Calculate the cost of coffee approximately in a ratio of 1: 1.1. Those. 95 grams of coffee should cost no more than 110-120 rubles. So, by the way, it works with other similar bulk goods.
It is also better to take vegetables at fairs from farmers, if there are such in your area. Plus, you can and should bargain there. Each farmer initially puts the price higher, because he knows that there will be bargaining. It is not profitable for him not to dump, otherwise he will take everything home, and everything will deteriorate.
By the way, about fairs. If you know what time it ends, then go to its end, there, of course, the choice will not be great, but they will give you almost for free, because taking food home for them means burning out.
Very important! Don’t go shopping hungry. Compare prices carefully to understand the ratio. More expensive does not mean better quality.
In the fixed price, by the way, you can take conservation completely, if you do not advocate for sardines, so that one to one. There, peas / fish / corn are smaller, but if this is an ingredient in a dish, then not bad. See the dates and that the jar is not wrinkled or swollen.
Life hack how to eat less and still eat up. Just trick your brain. Take flat small plates. The same portion on a large one will look like there is little, and on a small one it looks like a lot. Same with depth. Eat with a fork, the more you pick with food, the faster you get tired and full.
Simple ways to save money at home.
Get in the habit of turning off the lights. Buy LED light bulbs, they are more expensive, but they use less energy. By the way, it is better to take one lamp for 100 watts than 2 for 60 .
If we talk about austerity, then unplug unnecessary electrical appliances from the network, especially if they are not new, because in older models there is no sensor that blocks and stops receiving energy.
If your refrigerator is against a wall with a battery, move it. He spends more energy to cool, because his wall is heated. Close the refrigerator tightly, it is important for Soviet ones, because there the seal becomes stiff from time to time and does not fit well, wasting cold.
Make sure that the faucet and toilet bowl do not flow. Either turn off the water, or buy and replace gaskets and faucets.
When washing dishes, turn off the water so that it does not overflow. It is necessary to wash off – turned on. If you have a dishwasher – great, it spends many times less water.