Yes, that’s right! My next 2020 goal is that I will no longer employ any servants. I can hear the question now. American Dreamer you use a servant? You must be very rich!
Nope, I am not rich. I would bet that all of you have employed servants at one time or another.
If you have purchased any kind of convenience food, you are paying for a servant. When you purchase, cut up fruits and vegetables, you are paying for someone or a company to do that for you. Their pay is included in the price you pay and the price is not cheap. Fire those servants and do the cutting yourself! Save that money!
When you purchase any TV type dinner that is just heat and eat, you are paying for the company to make it for you.
When you purchase many things like frozen pizzas, bread, rolls, cinnamon buns in a refrigerated can, cupcakes, cakes, brownies, or cookies at the bakery, things like Spanish rice packets, mashed potatoes in a box or packet, macaroni and cheese in a box, and a myriad of other prepared meals, you are paying for that.
If you buy spaghetti sauce, spaghettios, ravioli in a can, you are paying for a company to make that.
When I buy Fresh Express salads or salad kits, I am paying a premium for someone else to make them.
Salad dressings is another big one. They are easily made at home. Why pay someone to make them for you?
Frozen packages like green beans in butter sauce or broccoli with cheese sauce cost you more money than making them yourselves. Why pay a servant to make them for you! Frozen cakes, pies, and many other desserts you are paying for someone to make for you.
Frozen vegetables with just the vegetable in them are fine. They were frozen at their peak so are cost efficient especially when they are out of season. But you don’t need cheese, butter, or cream sauces on them. If you want sauce on them, make them yourself.
Buy what ever vegetables are in season for the best prices. But I do check to see which is cheaper per pound, frozen or fresh, and that is what I purchase.
Snacks, like junk food, you are paying a huge premium for. Have you ever figured out what you are paying per pound for those items? It would blow your mind. I would rather buy meat or poultry than pay the exorbitant prices for junk food. I can make celery and carrot sticks with dip, cheese and meat trays, cut up fruit, pop my own popcorn, etc. for snacks.
I have been guilty of paying for servants for years. in 2020, I am not going to pay for servants for things that I can make myself.
We will be sticking to basic ingredients that we can make other things from. Will it be easy? Nope. I will have to think about every purchase I make and the cheapest way to make it.
Certain things like SF products that I can’t make, like the SF syrups that we use in our coffee would be impossible. But most things I can do myself.
There will be another exception. My grandchildren love ice cream so I will buy that. To make it from scratch would not save us any money. I can buy it cheaply with coupons or at Aldi.
Will we use up what we have already purchased that we can eat that is in our stockpile? Of course, not to would be a waste of money.
So those things that we pay a hefty price for will be gone from our shopping! 99% of the servants that we pay for will be banished from our shopping.
Will we go out to dinner once in a while? Sure. But we don’t go out very often. Just a few times a year and the money for that comes from our entertainment budget. Not from our grocery budget.
Fortunately, we have never purchased food from places like Home Chef. I think they are the biggest waste of money there is. You are really paying a huge premium for them to prepare that package for you and you still have to cook it.
Do you pay for servants that you could fire?