Aside from pulling the ‘I don’t have time’ card, the most common excuse for people who can’t focus on a healthy weight loss diet is the cost of food. Even though this has some truth to it, food prices are not actually what thin out our wallets the most.
While piling up food for several days might be an investment, there are mistakes people make unknowingly that actually cost them the most money. Read on to find out what these mistakes are and how to avoid them.
Less Is More
The usual philosophy behind buying food comes down to buying more to have more. This is actually completely wrong, as this is the main reason you spend so much on grocery shopping.
When your grocery list is overfilled, you’ll buy much more food than you really need and end up with an illusion that you have enough to last a century. The real problem surfaces when you cannot possibly eat everything you bough, and your food starts to go bad.
Another mistake people usually make is overdoing the cooking part. Instead of concentrating which ingredient to put in a dish, make sure you’re careful with how many servings you’ll prepare and how big are they.
More often than not we cook more than our family can eat and the excess food goes to waste along with the money you spent on it.
If you can’t quite hit the mark with the amount of food you should prepare for a meal, there is an alternative you can try to avoid wasting both food and money – leftovers.
First, you adopt the idea of storing leftovers and secondly, you need to start using them. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to eat the same thing for lunch two days in a row, as you can use what’s left of your previous meal in a different way.
For example, barbeque and grilled meat leftovers can be wrapped in a sandwich, while the vegetable-based dish you ate yesterday can make for an excellent salad topping today.