Frugal moms everywhere will love using these 5 Surprising Kitchen Savings Tips to stretch their budget just a bit further this month. These fun little hacks are a great way to save money and teach your family about being resourceful with little effort.
5 Surprising Kitchen Savings Tips
Make homemade broth
A favorite way to save money on an often used pantry item is to make homemade broths. Keep a gallon freezer bag to store things like vegetable peels, scraps, and those bits that aren’t eaten like skins and seeds. Keep this bag in your freezer and add to it weekly as you use things like onions, carrots, celery, potatoes and more. Once the bag is full, pour it into a large stock pot and cover with water. You can add some fresh herbs and garlic, then bring to a boil and let simmer for an hour or two to create a rich and tasty vegetable broth. Use bones from roasts, whole chickens, and other meats and save in a similar manner. Place them into a large stock pot with water and boil for some great homemade meat broths that are tasty and inexpensive.
Use vinegar to clean your dishwasher
Instead of buying fancy detergent additives that are supposed to clean your dishwasher, run a cycle with just vinegar in the soap containers. Vinegar will naturally cleanse, but also deodorize and help eliminate soap residue which leads to spots on glassware.
Freeze leftover sauces
You know that little bit of pasta sauce or even the gravy that was leftover from breakfasts? Pour those sauces into freezer bags and label them and freeze them. Pull out to add to a fresh batch later or to drop into a soup, stew or chili for a bit of flavor and added liquid as desired.
Turn off the heat dry option on your dishwasher
Stop wasting money using the hot, dry option on your dishwasher. Instead, open the dishwasher once it has finished and shake off excess water. You can also leave completely open to air dry your dishes and save money while still using the handier dishwasher method.
Use coffee grounds to scrub pots and pans
Instead of investing in abrasive cleaners use this common kitchen item. Simply dump your used coffee grounds into the bottom of that pot or pan that has caked on food. Use a sponge or cloth and rub the grounds into the caked on food. Then with little work, the food will scrub off.
Sometimes the best kitchen savings tips are all about thinking outside the box. Think twice before throwing things away. Use different options to create an end result that will save you money and still provide what you need. Your budget and your kitchen will thank you.