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How to Save Money in the Kitchen

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In the kitchen, we tend to waste a lot of food, water, and supplies. Here are some ways to save money when buying and preparing food from The Old Farmer's Almanac.

  • Reuse dishpan water on garden beds. Leave the dishpan under the faucet to catch water whenever you rinse your hands or sponge off a countertop.
  • Instead of letting the cold water that precedes the hot water out of the faucet run down the drain, capture it in a pot or kettle for later use.
  • Wash glass jars and plastic food containers and reuse to store leftovers, lunches, and so forth instead of buying new containers, bags, and wrap.
  • Making a cake? Use the oven's heat to bake potatoes or other foods at the same time. When you turn off the oven, leave the door ajar to dissipate the heat into the room.
  • Out of croutons for the salad or soup? Popcorn is a good substitute.
  • Bring your own shopping bags(s) to the store. If you are a clever seamstress, make colorful sacks from scraps of fabric. Some grocery stores give you 5-cent credit for each one of your own that you use.
  • Use vegetable scraps (broccoli stalks, celery greens, cauliflower centers, and the like) to make vegetable stock for soups. Freeze the stock until you are ready to use.

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Heidi Stonehill

Heidi Stonehill is a senior editor for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, where she focuses much of her time on managing content development for the Almanac’s line of calendars. Read More from Heidi Stonehill

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