Saving Money in the Kitchen – 6 Simple Tips
I’ve been thinking about some of the little ways I’m saving energy and there are several items that I use that have become second nature.
Living in a small space is an added incentive. That’s it. Nothing too expensive or fancy involved. Just plain old common sense tools. If it was good enough for Grandma, it’s good enough for me. What do you think?
Money-saving Tip #1
I’ve pretty much quit using my electric mixer. I’ve got a series of wire whisks that I just love and use almost all of the time. Different sizes and shapes. Great little tools.
- Balloon whisks (most common plus they conform to the shape of the bowl)
- Butterfly whisks (great for whipping egg whites & cream)
- Ball whisks (especially suited for whisking in straight sided pans)
- Spring whisks (good for stirring and whisking with an up & down motion)!
- There are tiny little whisks and very large whisks. See examples of each below.
I use whisks for beating batters, eggs, sauces & gravies. Just about anything that has to be mixed can be done as easily with a whisk as an electric mixer.
Whisks combined with rubber scrapers and wooden (preferably bamboo) spoons are just as slick as can be.
A Variety of Whisks
With a variety of whisk styles and sizes, you’ll be sure to have just the one you need for whatever whisking needs to be done!
Energy Saving Kitchen Tips – YouTube Video
Here’s a really short video with excellent tips for saving energy (and money, of course) in the kitchen.
For example, only preheat the oven if you’re baking recipes that need to rise. If you’re cooking casseroles or meats, you don’t need to preheat. You’ll save energy (money) and your dish will be perfect.
Money-saving Tip #2
Reusable Microwave Cover
I bought one of the Tovolo collapsible microwave covers in California while we were housesitting because I saw it at a shop and thought it was a great idea as an alternative to using wax paper or paper towels. It worked great.
I gave it to a daughter when we left but picked up another one when we got home. I love it. The microwave stays cleaner, the food heats up better and I just throw it in the dishwasher. (Well, I don’t actually THROW it in, of course).
This cover is collapsible but I almost always use it expanded like in this photo but being able to store it flat is great. I just put it in the dishwasher or wipe it with a soapy sponge and it’s ready to go, again.
But there are others that work beautifully, too. Check out this selection:
Money Saving Kitchen Tip #3
Reusable Refrigerator Bowl Covers
My very clever sister-in-law gave me some of these last year and I’ve saved a ton of money by not buying plastic wrap. They’re plastic covers with elastic around the edge and they come in a bunch of different sizes. You do have to wash them but that’s not a big deal. A quick swish in some soapy water and then rinse.
I’ve seen a little wooden gadget made just for drying them – little posts attached to a base that you just hang the covers on while they’re drying. I’m going to buy one of those.
Another alternative is to use waxed paper and a rubber band. I use rubber bands all the time, anyway. They’re terrific for holding spaghetti boxes closed after you’ve opened them. Or bags of snacks…all kinds of uses for rubber bands
Even if you have storage bowls and have lost the covers. These will do the trick! They’re inexpensive and will last a long time.
A dryer for your plastic bowl covers
You can also use these to dry plastic bags that you wash to reuse. AND they’re perfect for drying baby bottles. Get a couple of them!
No Twist Ties Needed
So when you open a bag of chips or a box of cereal, how do you keep the chips or cereal fresh? I use clothespins or rubber bands. But clothespins are my first choice. I even use them for resealing frozen vegetable packages if I don’t use the whole bag.
Here are four easy choices…inexpensive AND reusable. Win-win.
Money Saving Tip #4
I don’t remember the last time we purchased paper napkins for use at home.
We’ve got lots of cloth napkins that we use every day. I’ve got dozens…all different patterns. We don’t fuss about whether or not they match when we’re not entertaining.
They’re better than paper and you can just throw them in the laundry. I don’t even iron them unless it’s a special occasion. You can pick up gently used napkins at thrift stores, too, but they might not be less expensive than buying new. A new set of 12 napkins is pretty economical.
One of my best friends taught me that using terry cloth washcloths is perfect when you’re feeding kids. They can just wipe their little mouths and hands which totally absorbs any moisture. Quite frankly, it’s a good idea for grown-ups, too.
I haven’t any idea how much money we’ve saved using cloth napkins but it’s got to be significant.
Buying cloth napkins is a smart money move!
Money-Saving Kitchen Tip #5
“Real” Plates & Cups – Not Disposable
We don’t buy paper plates or paper cups, either. I mostly use our everyday dishes even if we’re eating on the deck but we do have a couple of sets of unbreakable dishes, too.
My theory is that some poor woman, after serving a gazillion people at a family reunion and after spending hours washing the dishes, invented paper plates.
I don’t blame her. It was a brilliant idea and caught on quickly with milliond of other women. This may or may not be true. But it’s totally logical.
In any case, using “real” dishes will save a ton of money and trees and landfill garbage. Sure, you have to wash them instead of just throwing them out but with dishwashers, it’s just not all that hard to do. You’re always going to have a few things that have to be washed, anyway, and the dishwasher is much more efficient when it’s full, so it’s another no-brainer (in my opinion).
Buying reusable plates is another smart money move.
Which reusable product is the best to own?
So these are great products that help save money in the kitchen. Which do you use or do you think you’d use?
What are some ways that you save money in the kitchen? I’d love to include some of them here on this page.
I’ll update this page when I discover other ways to save money and energy all over the house!
Thanks for stopping by. As always, I appreciate your comments and suggestions. Stay tuned!