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You know you are running low on an item by simply opening your well organized pantry and determining what needs to be restocked.
Planning Your Meals
Now that your kitchen has been cleaned and well stocked, it's time to put it to use.
It works best if you plan following days meals, night before. This is not hard or very time consuming. Five minutes before going to bed, simply open your cupboards and see what you can plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for following day.
Start off just planning one day at a time. Later, as you adjust to this style of living, you'll be able to plan whole week just by looking at contents within your kitchen.
What also is a must is creativity. Try to steer away from traditional hamburger and hot dog meals. Get creative with your meals. There are literally hundreds of different combinations that can be made to give you and your family variety they need.
For example, think of all combinations you can put together with rice or potatoes (ie: rice and vegetables, rice and beans, rice with chicken, rice and soup, rice with eggrolls, etc...) And that's just with rice! You have a ton of options. Take time to think of, or search for some.
Here are a few websites that offer a number of recipes and cooking ideas:
The whole goal of this exercise is to eliminate unnecessary trips and excessive spending at market in addition to creatively using what you have in your kitchen to prepare meals for week/month.The more times you go to market, more chances you have of spending your money on foods you may not need.
Organize and master your kitchen, plan out your meals, stock your storage areas, and you can save $100-$400 a month (depending on your spending habits ;-)
Best of luck mastering your kitchen!
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