Save $1,000 in September – Day 2 – Cook Your Meals At Home

This is part of a series of posts for our Save $1,000 in September campaign, where we show you how to be $1,000 richer in just 30 days.

Save $1,000 in September with Queenslanders Credit Union

Potential Savings: $50-$200+/month

Cook Your Meals At Home

Yesterday we talked about creating a shopping list by planning your meals for the week.

The example list given in that post contained meals that were easily cook at home in a short time (well, okay, maybe the vegetable lasagna would take you a little bit of time, but it would be worth it!)

Saving Money

There is a reason why I listed meals that you can easily cook yourself – they will save you money!

Today is all about cooking at home. And it doesn’t need to be difficult.

Cooking from Home is Easy

When you think cooking from home do you think cooking shows making crazy difficult meals to impress the judges or up-themselves cooks who have been doing it for the last 20 years and make it look easy?

The truth is, you are just cooking for yourself and your loved ones. No-one will judge you (okay, maybe your partner will) and no-one is telling you to make world-class cuisine.

You just need to cook simply healthy meals.

With that in mind you need to find recipes that are both healthy and easy to cook. And thanks to the internet you don’t even have to buy a cookbook!

What To Cook

Below are a list of cooking websites that you can use to access thousands of recipes, all rated and reviewed by ordinary people like you:

AllRecipes
Best Recipes
Taste

Your Kitchen Set Up

Are you new to this cooking from home? If so, you will need a few things to get you started (but don’t worry, you can get away without buying fancy kitchen gadgets):

  • Large non-stick fry pan
  • Colander
  • Tongs
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Sharp knife
  • Wooden cutting board
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Oven tray

Did I miss anything? Comment below.

What To Do

Simply combine this with yesterday’s tip and you have a recipe for saving a lot of money.

Oh, and get cooking!

Do you have home-cooked meals? Or are takeaways draining your cash reserves?

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2 comments on “Save $1,000 in September – Day 2 – Cook Your Meals At Home
  1. Caroline says:

    Kitchen scales are handy for portioning out ingredients that require a certain weight, baking dish, and saucepans of various sizes.

    Also try to find freezer-friendly meals that can be prepared in advance, frozen, and reheated during the week.

    This way, if there is time over the weekend, meals can be cooked, portioned out, frozen, and reheated as required.

    ***If someone cooks healthily at home, there may also be benefits to the person’s health, and wealth.***

  2. Russell Allert says:

    Very true, Caroline.

    Frozen meals are a great idea! And it is true that if you eat healthy you will most likely save in the future on medical bills as well. A double saving!

    Russ

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