Why do we love to buy takeaways? More than 50 percent of Kiwi’s Believe that eating takeaways is saving them money. However, according to NZ Food and Grocery this is a myth that has been busted many times- especially when one is buying for a family.
Couples or small families could find takeaways a cheap alternative but like everything else in this world, you get what you pay for. You wouldn’t buy cheap products that are of bad quality and do not perform their job efficiently- so why do we put bad quality food into our body? Breaking the takeaways habit will benefit your bank account as well as your health.
There is only one solution to your takeaways habit and that is pre- planning. Create a meal plan every week, fortnight or month. The internet is the perfect resource for recipes. Do not get carried away on Pinterest with extravagant meals, you need to be realistic and keep it simple during the week to save your time and energy. There are many cheap and easy meals out there. You’ve seen the ads,’feed 4 for $15′ and ‘Jamie Oliver’s money saving meals’.
Use a meal plan to create your shopping list. You will save money at the supermarket by sticking to your list. This way you will not buy any unnecessary items or items that will go to waste.
We all have our days when we simply do not have enough time or energy to prepare meals. On these days choose the frugal leftovers. Zap your leftovers in the microwave for an effortless meal. Left overs can last even longer in the freezer. Freeze left overs such as lasagnes, casseroles and even soup for ready to go pre made meals- perfect for work lunches too.
Protect your family’s health by cooking healthy homemade meals, decreasing their risk of obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and weakened immune system. Your family will enjoy sustained energy for productive days, less sick days and medical bills!
Break the takeaways habit and see how much you can save a week, a month and even a year. You may even save enough for a family holiday!
Disclaimer: The above information is general in nature and not intended to be financial advice. You should consider seeking professional advice before following any suggestions in this blog/website.