Five Appliances that Can Save You Money on Your Food Bill
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Five Appliances that Can Save You Money on Your Food Bill

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 11:25 am
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Sometimes a little investment can go a long way to save you money. This is especially true when it comes to food. Groceries can take a big chunk of the budget each month. I have found the following small appliances very helpful when it comes to cutting down our food bill.

Computer

From printable coupons to online grocery deals, having a computer with Internet access has really helped me get more food for less money.

Slow Cooker (Crockpot)

I own two different sized slow cookers, and I find that they are invaluable for saving money on groceries. Throwing a bunch of easy ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, means that a hot dinner is waiting. No more take out or expensive prepared meals to buy.

Bread Machine

Sure, you can make your own bread without one, but a bread machine makes it a lot easier, which means that I am much more likely to make bread from scratch. Compare the cost of ingredients at less than $1 a loaf, compared to $3 or more. Nice breadmakers can also make quick breads, cakes and jam.

Coffee Maker

Making coffee at home and bringing it with you can save just a ton each month. Shave $3, $4 or $5 off of your coffee expense daily when you tote your coffee rather than stopping at the cafe.

Freezer

Make ahead meals, deals on frozen foods and bulk purchases can all save your money when you have the ability to keep them all well in a freezer. Single people or couples can take advantage of less expensive “family” packages of foods, and families can cook ahead to avoid eating out.

What do you think? Is there anything in your kitchen that really helps you save money on your food bill?

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.