So, you say you are frugal, but are you organized? And if not, should you be? When it comes to the kitchen, there is one universal truth: everyone must eat, and it is expensive. A little known fact is how organizing your kitchen can save you hundreds a month. Here are a few of the ways you can save.
When hunger pangs hit, it is a universal truth that patience usually goes out the window. How often have you come in from a long day at work only to stand for five or even 10 minutes staring in the refrigerator. As you stand there with the refrigerator open, your money is floating away each and every second you stand there gazing. If you were organized, you could open the refrigerator and immediately know what you have or don’t have. Within seconds you can have your quick fix for those hunger pangs in your hand and the door to the fridge is safely shut again.
The chaos in the fridge may not be a problem for you, but if you have kids you can expect them to fling open the refrigerator and when they don’t find a quick fix they often will undoubtedly open the freezer. Now what could possibly be in the freezer that they need when they are hungry? Unless you have a budding chef in the house, that scenario is a recipe for wasted cash.
When a kitchen is organized it is more likely to stay clean. A clean kitchen is a safer kitchen, and preparing food in safety is paramount to staying well. There are a myriad of symptoms that can arise when food is prepared unsafely, ranging from the mild headache to the severe food poisoning that can cost you a visit to the hospital. It is surprising how seemingly clean environments can be riddled with microbes as well, so place the kitchen cleaner within easy reach and be sure everyone knows where the clean sponges are kept after you sanitize them in the microwave or in a pot of boiling water. Keeping things organized is the first step to sidestepping all types of contamination that can make you sick. In the future keep your money and avoid sick days, costly medicine or that budget breaking visit to the emergency room by tidying up and organizing your kitchen.
Frustration is probably one of the number one reasons people don’t cook or prepare lunches at home. When you can’t readily find the equipment you need to fix food, let’s face it, you won’t want to. Fast food is expensive and can add up to hundreds of dollars a month or even a week. An organized kitchen can be nearly as fast, and much healthier if everything has a place. If cooking at home is too hard it can be the number one reason you fall off of your frugal lifestyle.
Finally, when you organize your kitchen you are less apt to purchase the same product multiple times. You will know what you have and be able to use up the older food first instead of having to throw things away when you finally get sick and tired of not being able to find something and dump it all out. The whole idea of living frugal implies not wasting so you can save money. So, if organizing the kitchen keeps ‘dumping it all out’ to a minimum, then it is a ‘must-have’ solution.
There is also the idea that if you have things organized you are more likely to want to be in your kitchen, and eating out will not always be the solution to the question of , ‘whats for dinner tonight?’. The answer to the question of ‘do you need to be organized in order to be the most frugal?’ is quite clear, yes. When the food is easily visible and orderly, your taste buds are more likely to draw your mind towards eating it and just think of all the money and time saved. You didn’t have to spend gas, time and find yourself buying food twice only to throw out half of what you purchased at the grocery store because it went bad. Save eating out for that special occasion, and have fun enjoying saving while you eat in your organized kitchen.