Moving creates its own set of small difficulties, from where to place furniture to figuring out what to throw away. One of those little things is figuring out what to do with food before a move. It seems like a small task, but it can present its own challenges. We’re here to share a few tips on how not to waste money you’ve spent on groceries.
Step 1: Figure Out What You Have
Unfortunately, this step requires a little time. It also requires a little elbow grease. It’s been (semi-jokingly) said that the best way to clean a house is to move out. Make a plan to clean out refrigerators, freezers, pantries, cabinets, and other food storage in your kitchen. Throw out expired or spoiled items (hey, we all have them) and make a list of what you have.
The majority of the time, people know when they’re going to move. This gives plenty of opportunity to clean out food.
Step 2: Meal Plan
Have you ever tried meal planning? It’s a time- and money-saving cooking tactic that helps you buy what you need and use what you’ve got. It’s especially helpful when you know you’re moving. If you know that you have 10 pounds of frozen chicken breasts, start making dinners with chicken. Not only does this feed your family…it gets rid of the food in your freezer.
Need help with some yummy but quick meals since you’re busy planning for your move? Check out our Pinterest page.
Step 3: Pack What You Can
Don’t want to get rid of the specialty olive oil you ordered from Italy? Don’t! Just make sure that you pack up or set aside the items you want to go with you. There’s no need to toss basic non-perishables or high-quality food items just because you’re moving.
Step 4: Cook In Bulk
Since moving can take up a lot of your time, we recommend making large batch meals. Not only are you able to avoid eating fast food every night, you’re able to clean out the fridge in no time. Additionally, it’s easier to cook once or twice a week and heat up leftovers.
Step 5: Share The Wealth
Be sure to ask neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers if they would like to take perishable items. Think frozen foods, dairy products, and meat. You could consider hosting a “packing party” and host a meal after you’re done for the evening.
Also, you can talk to your local soup kitchen about donating food. Many of these charities are non-profit and exist solely on donations. Every little bit helps them to feed more hungry people daily.
Step 6: Making Moving Day Snacks
Think sandwiches, chips, cut vegetables, crackers, sweets, and anything else that can be eaten on the go on moving day.
Wow. This blog really made us hungry! If you’re looking to have help with you move (food or otherwise), remember that Brothers offer free quotes on all of our services.