A friend on Twitter has been teasing me about having a financial disclaimer statement on Square Pennies (bottom of page) when he sees so many recipes here. I do have financial posts here too, Tony! Just the same I’m taking up his challenge!
Cooking makes so much sense to me when it comes to finances. Of course it’s cheaper than eating out, but eating at home also keeps you healthier. (That is if you are cooking things besides cookies all the time.) Staying healthy saves money and allows you to have more fun doing what you like. I try to post recipes that are healthy and inexpensive as much as possible because of that. They aren’t always easy to find, so I include them when I find them.
I also post recipes that work well for entertaining at home. That’s so we can all enjoy good times with friends and family without breaking the budget. Getting together at home is much, much cheaper than going out together, especially if everyone takes a turn at hosting. Socializing is good for your health and good for your wallet. How can it be good for your wallet? You develop a network for sharing and borrowing tools or whatever. You have a social back-up plan for any small emergencies (like needing a ride) or even large problems. Your friends may have contacts to help you find a new job if you need one someday. They are cheaper than therapy when you have problems (though you might need a professional for some situations). Friends help you live longer and can help you with your exercising goals–walking club, anyone? And besides all that you’ll have fun!
I am always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes because we have such busy lives. I love to find recipes with just a few ingredients that together turn out to be soooooo much better than the same ingredients separately. That’s value! I like to get the best food for the least amount of money, work, and ingredients. I know you can find plenty of recipes all over the internet. I’ll just keep posting ones that fit my criteria as closely as possible.
If you cook at home you can involve your kids so that they learn to cook some basics. That’s a life skill that will help them increase their health and wealth when they leave home someday. Besides you can have some real quality time cooking together!
If your family is having to watch the pennies more lately, it helps you feel that you have a satisfying life if you can enjoy food that soothes the soul. A good meal defines quality of life sometimes. Life is short; food is good. Why not taste some of the best? All it takes is a good recipe.
So, Tony, feel free to make fun of my recipes that need financial disclaimers. I’ll keep posting them! And I hope you have something wonderful for dinner!