Home cooking is not only an opportunity to prepare meals and snacks made with nutrient-dense ingredients. It can also help you save more on your food budget. While preparing meals from scratch may seem like a daunting task, you will find that there are a lot of really good cookbooks out there to help you create mouth-watering and healthy dishes. You can enjoy trying a wide array of recipes and swap ideas with your sustainable and clean eating group if you want.
1. Batch: Over 200 Recipes, Tips and Techniques for a Well Preserved Kitchen by Joel McCharles and Dana Harrison
Highlights: This can be your go-to guide to everything related to preserving. Find tips and guides on canning, fermenting, preserving, smoking, and more.
2. Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source by Terry Walters
Highlights: This is a great resource for eating local and using in-season ingredients.
3. Easy. Whole. Vegan.: 100 Flavor-Packed, No-Stress Recipes for Busy Families by Melissa King
Highlights: This cookbook only shows that you can’t be too busy to prepare scrumptious and nutritious meals.
4. My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season by Bonnie G. Colby
Highlights: My New Roots will help you make simple, easy-to-prepare meals using seasonal ingredients.
5. The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas
Highlights: Enjoy the more than 160 traditional foods lifestyle recipes for a more sustainable and healthy diet.
6. Part-Time Vegetarian: Flexible Recipes to go (Nearly) Meat-Free by Nicola Graimes
Highlights: Want to eat less meat and embrace a more plant-based diet? Part-Time Vegetarian provides you with a wide range of recipes for an almost vegetarian diet.
Saving money may seem easier said than done for some people. While there are money-savvy individuals who make it look like a breeze, others struggle in figuring out how to save on top of all the expenses and bills that need to be paid. And getting started is not just the hard part. Sticking to the habit of saving for a financial goal has its share of challenges. If you want to become better at managing your finances, here are some of the basics that could prove handy in seeing your savings grow.
Work on a budget
Mindless spending is one of the factors that make it more difficult to save up. Unnecessary purchases, regardless of how small the amount involved may be, all add up to money you could have saved. A great way to break the cycle of needless buying is to have a budget plan and stick with it. Work on a budget that includes having money set aside for your savings fund and sets a clear limit of how much you can spend every month.
Record your expenses
Keeping track of your expenses lets you see your spending habits. It gives you a good idea of how much you are spending and where your money goes. Make it a habit to record every single purchase you make. Categorize and organize all the information you have. The available data can be quite useful in analyzing your spending habits and in making some adjustments or changes, if needed.
Set financial goals that will inspire and motivate you to get started. Evaluate your income and budget to see what would be the realistic amount you can save every month. Once you have figured out an amount, prioritize putting your money to your savings account. Cut back on your other expenses instead of using up your savings for the month when you exceed your budget.
Make savings a priority
Most people have different priorities for saving money. You may have varied reasons for setting your own goals. Focus on what you think is most important and make it a priority. Save money for every money goal you have. If you have to choose, pick the one that matters most to you and set aside the money for it regardless of how difficult it may get at some point.
Find opportunities to grow your money. Start investing your money. Look for ways to maximize your savings. Learn about interest rates and other ways to grow the money you have saved.