Meal prep is an increasingly important skill in my life. The price of food, fuel, and labor are going up. Most of my food is made twice a week. I freeze things to avoid eating the same thing every day. My diet is plant-based and weird so I save a lot by making my own casseroles and lasagnas ahead of time. Cold brewing my own coffee has changed my life. My cold brew supply is limitless. I have more cold brew coffee than you, and I am proud of it.
A lot of people learned to dye their hair during the pandemic, and were shocked to learn hair dye costs $5 and that the internet has a whole beauty school full of free tutorials. Now, a lot of them ruined their hair, at least the first time. Your mileage may very, but a lot of things that cost $80 at the salon cost barely anything at the beauty supply store. This is something the “artsy” kids have known for a long time.
Speaking of restaurants, have you ever been to your local restaurant supply store? The one I shop at is amazing. It is everything I have ever wanted out of a membership club, without the membership. I don't know about anyone else, but I go to Costco to spend money, not save it. They usually have great electronics and big-ticket items on the cheap. I have heard great things about their liquor and prescription drug prices. The food court got me through college, but their groceries are spendy and you have to buy a pallet of them. My local restaurant supply is much more economical and you don't have to buy everything in bulk, but when you do you save significantly.
You might be asking yourself how you are going to find time to do any of this stuff. I have had much success combining self care with leisure. A large part of cooking is waiting. Netflix baking competitions are better when you are playing along at home. I play video games while I am dying my hair. Finding time to DIY often means doing multiple things at once, and doing a balancing act to maximize downtime.
How do you DIY? What are your favorite meal prep recipes? Any other hobbies that help save cash, or maybe just pay for themselves? Please let us know in the comments.