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The heart of the home is the kitchen.
It’s where you gather, where you cook, where you converse and where you share your life.
The kitchen is also the best place to start saving money and living more frugally.
How much was your last grocery shopping bill?
The average family of four can spend an upwards of $800 a month on groceries and 1/3 of that is processed, prepackaged foods.
So how do you get that amount down? How do you save money at the grocery store?
- Make a list and grocery budget and stick to it
- Download the money saving app Ibotta
- Shop your store sales and bulk buys
- Try your local discount retailers
- Shop local, farm to table
- Grow your own food
- Learn to meal plan
- Eat more vegetarian type meals
- Stock your pantry with beans, rice and other staples
- Invest in frugal kitchen must haves that make you want to cook
Home cooking is the best way to save money.
No more prepackaged meals, no more take out, no more dinners out three nights a week.
The easiest way to save money is to cook your meals at home and to have fresh fruit, vegetables and homemade snacks available.
And I am talking from experience. We used to eat out twice a week and hit the drive thru for coffee every morning. The cost adds up.
You can learn about all the stuff we stopped doing to save money. We saved over $1000 a month by cutting all this stuff out.
So what if you don’t like to cook? Or what if you don’t know what to cook?
Don’t stress about. You can invest in a great meal planning program that can provide you with easy to follow, fun, yummy recipes.
If you aren’t big on cooking, get your partner involved or your kids or stick to 5 ingredient meals or invest in some of the frugal kitchen must haves below that will cook your food for you.
Secret must haves of a frugal kitchen.
Now every frugal cook has their must have, gets used everyday items.
In order to keep this list efficient and useful I have included items that will save you money, make cooking or your life easier and the items are intended for the long hall.
There is no point in investing in a kitchen item if you are going to only use it once or twice and it gets tossed in the back of the cupboard.
We are interested in items that will save us time, save us money, set it and forget it cooking items. Items that will help us get dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less.
So here are the top 21 must have frugal kitchen items:
- Instant Pot
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven
- Kitchenaid Mixer
- Coffee Maker
- Travel Coffee Mugs
- Insulated Water Bottles
- Food Storage
- Canning Kit
- Blender/Food Processor
- Meal Preparation Containers
- Commercial Bakers Sheet
- Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
- Cookware Set
- Cloth Napkins
- Cutlery Set
- Cast Iron Griddle
- Kitchen Organization
- Kitchen Gadgets
Other frugal living, money saving posts you might like:
- 21 Things We Stopped Buying To Save Money
- 50+ Items You Can Freeze To Save Money
- Secret Must Haves Of A Frugal Home
- 101 Super Frugal Living Tips
Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity