So you've recently entered the workforce and are enjoying regular paychecks. You've worked out how much you can comfortably afford to spend on rent, and you've set aside a budget for clothes, socializing, etc. So where is all your money going?
The simple answer to this is food. Now that you're in the workforce earning steady money, it can be appealing to treat yourself to lunch every day. But even if this is just a simple sandwich, all this money spent will add up and leave you with little to spare in your bank account. So here are a few tips to cook at home, save some money and still have an interesting lunch.
Everybody Loves Leftovers
What's better than eating an amazing dinner at home? Bringing in the leftovers to work the next day for lunch of course! We can't quite put our finger on it, but there's just something about leftover dinner that makes the food taste that much more amazing. So whenever you're cooking dinner for yourself or your roommate, make a little bit more than needed and put away a container of it for tomorrow.
Share the Work
If you're living with a roommate, take it in turns to do the cooking. As well as saving money on lunch the next day, you'll also mix things up by combining two different cooking styles. However, this idea only works if your roommate actually can cook... you don't want to be living off frozen pizza every second night!
Eat More Vegetables
Once you're buying groceries with your own money, one of the biggest costs you'll notice is meat. Whether its beef, chicken, lamb or fish, meat is going to be one of your biggest expenses when cooking. And while it's a nice addition to your meal, you need to ask yourself - is it really necessary? One of the easiest ways to cut down on the cost of cooking is to replace meat with more vegetables. Alternatively, eggs or cheese can also be added to your meal to make it more interesting. You don't need to cut out the things you love completely, but by simply making them more of a treat than a staple item, you'll save yourself substantial money by cooking at home.