In many homes, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Probably because (like it or not) we spend a lot of our time in the kitchen. Unfortunately, it’s also far too easy to spend a lot of money in the kitchen. Between the food we prepare, the products we use, and the appliances we keep in it, the kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms in the entire house. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are 10 frugal kitchen tips to help you save money in the kitchen.
10 Smart Ways to Save Money in the Kitchen
These simple tips will help you save hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars per year in the kitchen.
1. MEAL PLAN
I’m sure you’ve heard this one many times before, but you really do save (lots of) money simply by planning your meals out before you go shopping. You can save even more money if you plan your meals out according to what’s on sale.
Yes, it takes time to meal plan. But not as much as you may think. Especially if you draft up a master list of meals ahead of time which you can refer to when planning each week’s meals.
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2. DO YOUR DISHES
Why in the heck am I listing “do your dishes” in this list of ways to save money in the kitchen? Think about it. Do you really feel like cooking when your sink is full of dishes and you can’t even find your countertop? That’s what I thought.
Dirty dishes are a sure sign that a trip to the drive-thru is in your near future.
3. EAT THOSE LEFTOVERS (AND LIKE IT)
I’ve met so many people who simply don’t like leftovers. What’s up with that? As the solitary person in our home who prepares all of the meals for 4-5 people each and every day, leftovers are a life-saver! In fact, I’ll frequently cook double batches of food in order to avoid having to cook the following day.
It’s entirely possible that you (or someone you live with) are a ‘leftover hater’ because you’re going about the art of leftovers all wrong.
You see, eating leftovers does not mean you have to eat the same exact thing several nights in a row. For example, a large batch of taco meat could be taco salad one night, taco stuffed peppers another night, and Mexican beef and rice yet another.
Mix things up and get creative with your leftovers. I promise, in the long run, it will save you a ton of cash!
4. GO PAPERLESS
The average family spends just under $10 per month on paper towels alone. Now, add in the cost of napkins, paper plates, disposable cups, and plastic utensils, and you’re looking at some serious pocket change being wasted over the course of a year.
My friend June, at This Simple Balance, has written a great post about going paperless in the kitchen. Check it out here.
5. DITCH THE SINGLE-USE GADGETS
How many times have you fallen prey to those “as seen on tv” single-use kitchen gadgets? You know, the ones that promise to give you perfectly sliced tomatoes, toasted quesadillas, and stemless strawberries in no time.
The truth is an ordinary kitchen knife will slice tomatoes (and a bunch of other stuff), you can toast quesadillas in a skillet (which most kitchens have), and you can scoop that strawberry stem right out with a teaspoon.
Speaking of single-use gadgets, I have been able to replace a slow cooker, rice cooker, a couple of pots, and steamer supplies with just one awesome Instant Pot. I seriously love this invention!
6. SUBSCRIBE TO AMAZON PRIME
I have found that the best way to save money is to stop going to stores. Novel idea, huh? Unfortunately, our family still runs out of basic necessities and my pantry still needs to be stocked. Which is why I use Amazon Prime. With Amazon Prime, I get free two-day shipping on all things Amazon plus I get (free) access to Prime Pantry, so I can have frequently purchased items automatically shipped to me on a reoccurring basis.
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7. USE MONEY-SAVING APPS
There are a ton of money-saving apps to choose from but my two favorites are super easy to use and often contain the same instant rebate offers (which means you get double the savings!). The best ways to save money in the kitchen is to use Ibotta as well as Checkout 51. Both of these apps work the same way. All you need to do is:
- Find the offers you want to use located in the app
- Buy the products at the store listed (save your receipt)
- Redeem the offers by taking a photo of your receipt
- Get cash added to your account (which you can later transfer to your bank/Paypal)
By the way, both of these money-saving apps are totally free to use (otherwise I wouldn’t recommend them to you).
Sign up for Ibotta using my link and they will credit you $10 as soon as you redeem your first rebate! Be sure to use the code: “brjekqd” if they ask.
8. SHOP THE DOLLAR STORE
Gone are the days when the dollar store was only good for cheap party supplies. Shopping at the dollar store (Dollar Tree, Dollar General, etc.) can save you a bunch of money on kitchen supplies (and food) such as:
- Dish Soap
- Cloth Napkins
- Dish Cloths
- Cleaning Supplies
- Disposable Baking Pans
- Measuring Cups/Spoons
- Canned Goods
*Surprisingly, purchasing paper goods at the dollar store will cost you more than buying them in bulk/using coupons. Who knew? (Well, I did and now you do too!)
9. TURN OFF THE HEAT DRY SETTING ON THE DISHWASHER
As with any appliance that utilizes a heat source, you’ll spend more if you set your dishwasher to “heat dry”. (About 15% more according to experts). In my experience, dishes dry just as well when I leave them in the dishwasher on the “air dry” setting overnight.
Did you know, when it comes to hot water usage, using a dishwasher (versus handwashing) actually saves you more money? Also, if you have a fairly new dishwasher, there’s no need to rinse your dishes before you load them. Simply scrape the dish off into the trash/garbage disposal and load. BOOM! I just saved you about $.63!
10. USE IT UP
It drives me bat-poop crazy when my beloved hubby opens up a container of whatever before the old one is completely gone! My grandmother taught me that you always take one of those rubber spatula “thingys” and scrape every last bit out of everything. She would even use her finger to scrape out the inside of eggshells.
Cause, you know that once you open a new one you forget all about the mostly-empty old one. Until you notice mold growing in it!
What are some of your favorite ways to save money in the kitchen?