With inflation on the minds of everyone, I realized it’s been a while since I wrote anything about saving money. When I started this blog a billion years ago, I would often write about little tricks to save money. Well, now there are so many websites with so many tips. You can literally for “how to save money on toilet paper” and get a bunch of articles.
However, that doesn’t mean that all those old ideas are invalid and don’t work anymore. As I was looking through my old articles, I thought it might be interesting to highlight a few of them in one post.
- 5 Cheap and Easy Slow Cooker Recipes
It’s a little odd to start a top-five list with another top-five list, but sometimes weird is good. The slow cooker is the ultimate in Lazy Man food prep. I can put together some spaghetti sauce, sausages, peppers, and onions and turn on the switch and have a great meal later that night.
- Meal Prep for College Students
I didn’t write this one, but I wish I had. Meal Prepify has 54 meal prep ideas for college students. At $2 a meal, it’s a good way to save money. Don’t be embarrassed to eat like a college student. I’m 46 years old and I still eat instant Ramen noodles. (I just use less salt/seasoning.)
- Budget Hack: Shredded Chicken
When I wrote that article in 2015, I wrote, “For years now I’ve seen [boneless, skinless chicken breast] at $1.99/lb. price. Who knew that chicken was immune to inflation?”
The price of boneless, skinless chicken breast is still about $1.99/lb. near me. I can still find the occasional sales cheaper than that. In fact, it’s so cheap that I started to put shredded chicken in my dog’s food instead of cheese. (He’s picky and needs something.) It’s great healthy and versatile. While on the topic of healthy meal prep, Meal Prepify has some healthy, cheap recipes
- Does Foodsaver Save You Money
I’m including this article because I almost forgot about the Foodsaver. Back in 2007, we used it for everything. Now, I don’t think we’ve used it in the last 4-5 years. It’s also funny to see what constituted a somewhat quality blog post worth getting 20 comments back in 2007. It’s almost like comparing black and white TV to 4K.
I’m inspired to get out the food marinator though. You put the meat in a plastic thing with the marinade and suck out all the air so the marinade gets into the meat much more quickly. The key to saving money comes from avoiding the plastic bags and using the wide-mouth jar sealing attachment.
- Things I love – InstantPot
I think InstantPots were not super popular back in 2016 when I wrote the article, but they are everywhere now. I still haven’t learned to work it. My wife is great with it though. She belongs to an InstantPot Facebook group and has a bunch of attachments. We had fajitas for Cinco de Mayo. It was much better than going out to the one Mexican restaurant in our area that had a 3-hour wait last year.
The InstantPot saves us money by helping us avoid restaurants when we don’t have anything defrosted or prepared.
In retrospect, some of these ideas may not be great ways to save money. They may fill a role for some people though. As a bonus, here’s an easy homemade hummus recipe. When I was shopping for hummus for my wife in California back in 2009 it was expensive. Nowadays, we have an Aldi and hummus is cheap there, so we don’t make it from scratch anymore. I think there are a lot of places that don’t have an Aldi option – and inflation may make these prepared foods more expensive – so maybe it’s useful? Let me know in the comments.