The topic of food is a negative one for many budgets. Filled with spur-of-the-moment cravings and restaurant bills, most “expense” categories could use some help in this department. Follow along for more on how you can invest in your food.
Prior to recommendations on this topic, it is interesting to pause and consider the food budget.
Food and entertainment are the two popular categories where most households get themselves in trouble. Why is this the case? The answer is obvious – these are the areas where it is easy to splurge a little bit. After all, going out for a nice dinner and a movie, a sports game, or bowling, for instance, can be a great way to have some fun after a hard day at work.
Unfortunately, you can not literally invest in your food. It would be great if you could make up ground, though you could with excess funds in a savings account or in some term deposits. However, and as we look at ways to save money with food, you can make an investment to benefit the food-related category of your budget.
Upgrade Your Portfolio
Forget about eating out for a second. How many skills and tools do you have to eat well without spending money “going out?” If there aren’t too many, perhaps it’s time to look at investments you can make for food.
While you don’t have to be a world-class chef to enjoy the food that you make, it does help to be comfortable in the kitchen. One investment that may be worth your while is a cooking class. Not only will you learn some valuable skills to apply in your kitchen, but you can explore new cuisines and dishes, meet some people, and enjoy the experience for a small price.
You also might be able to upgrade your tools. For instance, perhaps the following would be welcome additions to your home:
• Grill (indoor or outdoor)
• Rice Cooker
• Specialized Cooking Utensils
• Other Small Cooking Items
You’d be surprised what a difference one of these can make. If you’ve fallen in love with the rice at your local Chinese place, you could get a nice rice cooker and make it yourself. It would save you a great deal of money in a short amount of time.
Don’t forget about food. With your skills and knowledge (cookbooks anyone?) and with your tools, having the right food will help you move away from eating out as much. Find food that you love to take it easy on your budget, and likely your diet as well (if you do it right).
Realize Your Investment
Eating out isn’t a budgeting sin. However, it can be if you get too reliant upon it. And of course, there is the topic of eating out with your budget in mind.
Consider what you could do to invest in your food budget. What would a cooking class, a cookbook or two, and some cooking tools do for your eating habits? Perhaps some of these could be what you need to rely less on eating out.