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Bills are going up a lot right now, and more price hikes are on the way, so everyone is looking for ways to cut expenses. Living cheaply is definitely the way to go. The good news is there are lots of easy ways to save money. Read on to find out what some of them are, especially when it comes to your kitchen.

Don’t Overfill The Kettle

This is a tip that has proof to back it up. The Energy Saving Trust found that around seventy-five percent of homes boil more water than they need, which wastes a lot of money and isn’t necessary. Instead of wasting money on energy, you don’t need, just put as much water in the kettle as you need.

Instead of pouring water directly into the kettle, why not put the water in a cup and then tip it into the kettle? In that way, you will be sure to get exactly what you need.

Eat From The Pantry 

There are a few things you should always have on hand in your kitchen pantry so you can throw together a quick meal whenever the mood strikes. Canned goods like tuna, beans, grains, and tomatoes can help you put together a dinner without having to go to the shop. Foods that can be stored on a shelf for an extended period of time also require less space in your refrigerator and freezer. 

If you are short on time or resources but still want to eat well and feel full afterward, all you have to do is do a quick internet search to get a wealth of ideas for quick and cheap dinners you can make from the ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Get An Air Fryer

Faster cooking times and less energy are used to make air fryers more cost-effective than conventional convection ovens, despite their reliance on electricity, which is more expensive than gas in most cases. Overall, by switching to an air fryer, you can save a lot of money. 

The great thing about air fryers is that you can cook pretty much anything in them, so you might even be able to stop using your oven altogether. From cooking a baked potato in air fryer to an entire roast dinner, the options are limitless once you know what you’re doing. 

Put Lids On Your Saucepans 

Covering a pan when boiling, steaming, or frying food will cut down on the amount of time the food spends in the pot and the amount of energy used to cook it.

This may seem like common sense, but it’s actually a useful trick for getting dinner on the table much faster, which is especially helpful on weeknights when time is of the essence due to having to get the kids off to practice or homework and so on. 

Defrost The Freezer

Freezers are meant to be cold, so surely having ice forming on the door and the walls are not such a problem? Actually, it can be. If your freezer is full of ice, it can’t work as efficiently, and it has to work a lot harder to keep a steady temperature. That costs you money because it uses more energy. 

Defrost your freezer every few months to ensure it is running at its most efficient. 

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