What do food and work have in common? We can’t produce if we don’t fuel. Getting back to basics allows us to do so wisely, and save money in the process.
Tough times call for creative and practical measures. Whether we’re experiencing an economic downturn, where we need to stretch our dollars to get by, or celebrating a financial windfall, where we need to invest for the future, wise spending just makes cents.
One of the ways I save money is to cook from scratch, buy in bulk, and freeze extra batches of food for fast, convenient, and less expensive meals. If you don’t cook or bake, it’s a good place to start stretching your dollars.
Buy store brands, forego name brands: Replace a few of your favorite name brand items with a store brand counterpart. If you don’t like the change, you can always go back. But especially in cooking and baking, you can save a lot of money by using less expensive products.
Use healthier choices in recipes. I also experiment with healthy alternatives, like substituting canned pumpkin for cooking oil in baked breads and desserts. There’s no taste difference, and the consistency is firm yet moist.
I use Pinterest to save favorite recipes and add new ones I’d like to try. The Internet offers lots of options for making all kinds of home-cooked goodies. Modern technology can help us get back to basics and save money.
How do you fuel for productive work?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
Leviticus 6:21 (NIV)
It must be prepared with oil on a griddle; bring it well-mixed and present the grain offering broken in pieces as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.