Here’s a simple tip for those of you wanting to cut costs and trim your waistlines: Learn to measure food carefully!
Over-sized portions cost you more money. If you’re filling up your big cereal bowl to the brim instead of measuring out a one-cup serving, you are going to be spending a lot more money on cereal. The same is true for snacks. And you won’t just be spending more money on food. With all those extra calories, you just may have to buy new clothes or deal with health problems as a result of weight gain.
If you don’t have a measuring cup or spoons handy, remember this handy guide to portion control from the Mayo Clinic.
Another reason to measure: Baking! Unlike cooking, where improvisation is welcome and encouraged, baking is more of an exact science. It’s very easy to bake a flour brick instead of a loaf of bread if you’re not careful – something I learned when I went to the Taste of Home Cooking School.
So invest in a good set of measuring cups and spoons and use them regularly. You’ll see results!