Let’s face it: life in Santa Barbara is fantastic, but a little expensive. To maintain your lifestyle, you need to be wise to all the little ways you can save money. One of the most costly day to day expenses you face is groceries, so let’s start cutting grocery costs by looking at ways to save money on groceries in Santa Barbara.
There are a few different ways to go about saving money on groceries, and they all involve changing your habits as well as learning more about Santa Barbara County government regulations. The first place you can save money without dealing with any extra taxes is to grow your own organic food. This is a great way to ensure that you and your family always have fresh, organic food. Organic fruits and vegetables are less likely to have pesticides or herbicides because they grew from fields not treated with these chemicals. They also contain less preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, and nutritive enzymes that could have been removed by the chemicals.
Planning Your Foods
While growing your own food may seem like a lot of work, it is actually a time saving endeavor because you won’t have to go to the grocery store to get your groceries. The share of fruits and vegetables needed to make one meal is larger than the size of a regular meal. In turn, you will need to shop less, and eat more meals at home. This will not only save you money, it will help you lose weight since you are consuming most of your food intake at home.
Planning your meals can be the most challenging part of your budget cutting campaign. It will be especially difficult to eat the right foods to get your recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. You may find that there are certain foods that are overpriced or nutritious that you may not have in a pantry, and you could spend more than you anticipated on fresh fruits and veggies.
Since the New Year will be less than a few weeks old, it is likely that you will be writing more checks with the Budget Bash Event than with other dinners you have hosted. This is the perfect time to start talking about ways to better manage your budget and eat more healthfully at dinners you host.
Party, Wedding or Company
All of us expect to attend a dinner party at least once a year. If you are hosting a dinner party, you don’t always have to spend as much as $1000 just to have fun. You can have a great time, enjoy great food, and meet new people without spending a lot of money. You may even have fun, share a plate of beautiful food, and have a great time talking to your friends without breaking the bank!
Plan your Caterer’s Garland
Make a good impression at your next dinner party by dressing up and going with a fun and energetic theme. If you are planning to have the dinner outdoors, keep it casual. Instead of using classic Christmas decorations, try going with Animals, flowers, or something seasonal. Also, you could use the Sombreros, Enamel signs, or classic Christmas trees to decorate.
Have a ‘fection’ tasting
Every few weeks, having a ‘fection’ tasting allows you to taste sample the delights before you. This allows you to be a part of the eating community, without the worry of over sharing or having too much to eat. The only worry you have is making sure that everyone is enjoying themselves.
VPPA (Parents Pork proposals)
This is the perfect gift for parents that like to provide their kids with healthy alternatives to traditional meats. Don’t worry, kids aren’t asked to make any compromises in the ingredients. In fact there are quite a few recipes on the market that fit withiniatric guidelines. In addition, you can get your kids to try 2 of these recipes for free.
Be a part of the holiday party scene. If you are a parent or have a friend that is a parent, why not throw a party? There is no greater message to your child’s soul and mind than to accept and celebrate being healthy. Weight loss is a very real issue and when you are healthy and well balanced it is a beautiful thing.
Keep up with the kids. Don’t let them catch you slacking off. If they ask you to do something, do it. Chances are you’ll be feeling great by the time they leave to college, and you’ll be able to enjoy years of relaxed, balanced life. Don’t ruin that potential by choosing the wrong career or health concern.
Even though you may not have planned it, being a parent is the most rewarding experience there is. Find a way to make it special just for you. Do some of the things you’ve come to dread, but make it special to your child, and they will be amazed at your pretend.