The hours spent within a kitchen are ones you’ll never have again. It is this philosophy that guides you as you lean across a hot stove, feel the splashes of steam against your skin. The endless preparation and tastings, the stains of grease and salt: it is a process you despise — but this makes you no less of a parent. You take care of your children; you offer support to your spouse. You simply detest the act of cooking. It’s a chore you’ve never understood. With so many restaurants and drive-thrus available, you see no sense in slaving in front of an oven. You can instead simply let others do the work for you: sparing you the stress and allowing you instead to spend more time with your family.
It seems like the perfect solution.
Because your budget can’t afford it. Too often do individuals find themselves paying for meals, devoting an excess of their monthly funds to takeaway. Precious dollars are given to a cost that is utterly unnecessary — and this must stop.
While cooking may seem to be a burden, it can instead save you money. By simply avoiding expensive restaurants, you can keep hundreds of dollars a month. All that is required is clever shopping and a willingness to try recipes (ask you family for help when the kitchen becomes too tedious).
Create menus each week, detailing what you intend to eat. This will spare you from choosing items you don’t need and wasting cash. Purchase only what you must have — along with nonperishable items that can remain in your pantry and offer variety. Buy in bulk; use coupons; and look for special deals. Many are available in your local stores.
These gestures may seem time consuming but they will still prove helpful to your budget. You will see instant rewards, as well as earn the ability to master the stove.
It is an effort worth attempting.