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Make Cooking More Fun & Save Money

We naturally do the things that we like and that come easily to us. Since cooking at home can save us money, it’d be good to make it fun and easy. We’ll do it more often and reap financial rewards.

Make Cooking More Fun and Save Money: We naturally do the things that we like and that come easily to us. Since cooking at home can save us money, it'd be good to make it fun and easy. We'll do it more often and reap financial rewards.

I suppose it’s a bold statement to say that if you like to cook you will save money. As someone who has always loved cooking, I can testify that I’ve also spent a small fortune at kitchen stores. So, my statement needs to be qualified a bit.

I think it’s fair to say that we naturally do the things that we like and that come easily to us. So, if you hate to cook, you probably will avoid it like the plague. Like me and cleaning.

Unfortunately, if you can’t cook or don’t want to, you are bound by the constraints of restaurants and convenience foods and (un)happy meals. You’ll spend more time and money eating through those resources than if you make it yourself at home.

Eating at home will save you money.

If you can make cooking at home easy or find ways to enjoy the process, you’ll be more likely to do it more often. And you’ll save money.

Conclusion: Learn to like cooking. I don’t say that in a bossy pants, ordering kind of way, like when my dad would threaten, “You’ll eat it and you’ll like it.”

Umm, no. But, there are ways to make cooking more fun, less painful, and full of financial gain.

Read how to learn to like cooking here.

Make Cooking More Fun and Save Money: We naturally do the things that we like and that come easily to us. Since cooking at home can save us money, it'd be good to make it fun and easy. We'll do it more often and reap financial rewards.

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  1. Stephanie M. says:

    It’s hard to make some fun out of doing something you don’t like. I would always rather be in my kitchen than cleaning the house. That said, I like a clean house so if I want it clean, I have to clean it. I try to make it bearable by setting a timer for each room I clean and try to get that room done by the time the bell goes off. I also keep the TV on loud enough that I can hear it from wherever I am. And I don’t try to clean the whole house in one day; I do one room each day and by the end of the week, it’s all done.

    Since I love cooking so much, it’s hard for me to imagine someone that can’t stand it. Not liking cooking is one thing; not knowing how to is another. If you don’t like cooking, you have a choice: try to cook easy things; do some freezer cooking so you don’t have to be burdened with cooking every day, reward yourself once each month by going out to a favorite restaurant after having made an effort to cook something every day. With all of the money, you will have saved from buying convenience foods or going out, you will have a nice little wallet full with enough to go out and really enjoy yourself.

    If you don’t know how to cook, that’s a simple one: none of us were born knowing ANYTHING and that includes how to cook. We all had to pick up that spatula and the frying pan and the chicken and try to do something with it. Spend some time at a table or on a bench at the book store with a few cook books, find a book that looks good and purchase it. If you don’t want to buy a cookbook, go on the internet. Just type in what you are trying to make and loads of interesting recipes will come up. When I do that, I always read the reviews. If most reviews are good, I’ll try it; if most are not, I’ll move on. A lot of people will give some small tips on what they did to make the recipe better for them and it might be something you would like too but did not think about it.

    The most important tip I can give for people who don’t know how to cook and find it daunting is this: Start out with something really simple. Believe it or not, cooking a beautiful roast pork with some potatoes or noodles on the side is a much easier job than to make something like veal cordon bleu. There are less steps, the roast cooks itself in the oven. Spice it up, rub it with a little oil, add some water to the baking pan, maybe a few veggies, throw it in the oven and forget about it till it’s done. Same thing with roast chicken, turkey, or roast beef. And these meals, will provide a decent amount of leftovers depending on how many people are sitting at your table. More leftovers, means less cooking! Good food does not have to be fancy. What’s wrong with meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and a veggie and/or salad? This is real comfort food and if you stick with easier, quicker things, you probably will be encouraged later on to become a little more advanced, especially if you find that putting a nice dinner on the table really is not that difficult at all. The important thing is to just get started; don’t be afraid. We have all goofed; me, many times. But, we just keep on cooking and the recipes that don’t come out the way we expected, we either change them to the way we think they would be better, or get rid of them and try something else. And reward yourself once a month too by going out and letting someone else do the cooking since you worked so hard during the month. 🙂

  2. I enjoy cooking much more than cleaning!

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