Practical Ways of Feeding a Large Family
There are still people who live from paycheck to paycheck. With the rising cost of living, having a large family means getting a big portion of a stagnant income in providing food on the table. While this is a reality, it does not mean that we should just go about living in despair and desperation because we can still be on top of everything and give our big family the healthy meals that they deserve on a meager budget. Below, tips will be given on how you can do this successfully. You just need to give time to work and use your creativity and you will experience peace of mind from knowing that your family is eating healthy meals.
Going back to basics is the first lesson that we should learn. We should stop buying pre-cut foods or branded products which are higher in prices. Why not buy whole vegetables and cut them at home, instead? And instead of buying branded products, why not buy their cheaper alternatives? Both branded and alternative products have the same value but the branded ones are just more expensive.
There are many things that you can make instead of buying and you can use pantry ingredients that are available. So, instead of buying packed cookies or canned dips and pre mixed salads, you can bake cookies and chop your cheap whole vegetables and start making your own. When things give us convenience, they are usually more expensive. Picking up things and eating them straight is convenient but you have to pay the price. Make things yourself if convenience is too costly for you.
Instead of simply buying pre-packed foods, why don’t you set aside time each week to prepare food for your family. You children can learn if you make them help in the preparations.
Do not go shopping without a list or else you would end up buying more than you need or buying things you don’t really need. Things that you can make at home, make it and don’t buy these stuff.
This can be done if you plan your week ahead. A list of needed items should be ready before you go out to shop. Your list should be written after you have checked what you still have in your pantry. It is good to estimate the amount in your list and if there are discounts of special offers, make use of these.
Frozen foods are also great items to buy. It is also great to include frozen meat, frozen fish, and frozen vegetables in your meals. The nutritional value of the frozen items are just the same as the fresh ones, but the frozen ones are much cheaper. Don’t miss out on special deals on fresh foods. You can buy plenty of these and freeze them at home to eat later.