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. You can still be successful on this when you follow some important tips that are given below. Just a little creativity and hard work will ensure that your family has healthy meals to eat each day which will surely give you the peace of mind that you need.
It is a good thing to go back to basics. This means that we no longer buy foods that are processed for us, like pre-chopped vegetables from the store, or buying only products that are popular. The reality is that it is cheaper to buy whole vegetables and do the cutting yourself at home. And instead of buying branded products, why not buy their cheaper alternatives? When it comes to nutritional value, you will not find much difference; but the great difference lies in the price.
Check your pantry and find out what you can actually make instead of buying. Baking snacks for your kids is a lot cheaper than buying pre packed cookies, and making your own dips and salads from cheap ingredients are health and affordable. When things give us convenience, they are usually more expensive. It is more expensive to buy pre processed foods which you can eat instantly than something that you have to make from scratch. If you don’t want to pay for convenience, then do it yourself.
Set aside time to do the preparations instead of buying pre-packed foods. And let your children enjoy by making them help you in your 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. And again, don’t buy things that you can make yourself at home.
Planning ahead will allow you to do this. List down the ingredients for the meals you will be cooking for the week before you go out shopping. Check out your pantry for supplies so you don’t need to buy what you still have and then make your list. 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. Your meals can include frozen meat, frozen fish, and frozen vegetables. The nutritional value of the frozen items are just the same as the fresh ones, but the frozen ones are much cheaper. Buy fresh foods if there is a special deal on it. You can then buy plenty and freeze them.