Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series.
52 Ways to Save: Use a Slow Cooker
I happen to think that using a slow cooker can save you quite a bit of money. After all, everyone wants to eat healthier, but planning, shopping and prepping meals all.the.time can get old really fast. While I don’t mind cooking, it’s not one of my favourite things to do, so making the task easier is a priority of mine. 🙂 The fact that I can quickly put ingredients together into the slow cooker, turn it on, then walk away while it cooks all day practically makes me giddy.
Using your slow cooker on a regular basis can help you save in quite a few ways. Read on for some of my favourite tips, tricks and recipes for making your slow cooker a great money saving tool:
1. Purchase Cheaper Cuts of Meat
When you have a slow cooker, there’s no need to buy those expensive cuts of meat. Because the slow cooker cooks slow, it’s great for tenderizing cheaper cuts of meat.
2. Save on Electricity Costs
Did you know that slow cookers actually use less energy than the stove top or oven? It’s true! Don’t just save dollars on your grocery bill, save on your electricity bill too!
3. Use Less Meat
Perhaps it’s the recipes I use, but I’ve noticed that I use less meat when I make a slow cooker meal. Meat can be one of the more expensive things on your grocery bill so making it stretch can help a ton. I often times shred the meat I use or the vegetables far outweigh the meat quantity. Of course, you can skip the meat entirely and create a delicious pot of baked beans, lentils or what ever strikes your fancy.
4. Resist the Take Out
The slow cooker sort of takes away a lot of the excuses you could have for ordering take-out. After all, you put together your meal in the morning, when you’re (hopefully) your freshest. So when you’re tired at the end of the day, your dinner is already cooked!
5. Double Up
Or in other words, make a huge batch and freeze the extras for a super easy meal that you can just pull out and heat up!
6. Round up the Fridge
Do you have a few leftovers that are staring to pile up in the fridge? Vegetables that are just about on their last legs? Throw them into your slow cooker and create a delicious soup or stew! Try out this Pantry and Pasta soup for some ideas.
7. Not Just for Soups and Stews
Slow cookers are good for sooo much more than soups, stews, and chilis. Check out this post for 5 Unique Ways to Use Your Slow Cooker.
So, are you convinced that the slow cooker will save you money? How often do you use one? Do you have any great recipes to share?
Below, you’ll find a bunch of our favourite slow-cooker recipes: