Yahoo! is running a headline today that links to the Wall Street Journals list of 10 Money Moves That Will Always Pay Off, it’s Thrive Thrifty Thursday so I’ve been on the look out for money saving ideas to share. I clicked on the link and read the article. Most of the article is based on big money financial advice. But of course the one point that applies to day to day money savings caught my eye.
“8. Buy a bread machine
You want a certain winner? If a $50 breadmaker saves you, say, $7 a week on buying bread, that’s $350 year. The easiest dough you’ll make. Modern breadmakers are, well, a piece of cake to operate. The return on investment: 600% in year one and 700% after that.
Wall Street’s best year ever? Just 74%, in 1915. Ha. Amateurs.”
Hilarious. This point prompted comments saying it was stupid and it was leading us back to the days of the caveman. It made me crack up; and it proved my point that among these ‘serious’ financial tips everyday changes can make a difference.
Breadmakers are a cinch to operate; it’s as easy as pouring in a few ingredients and pushing a button. A few hours later you have fresh made bread. Another reason I think this is a great addition to your kitchen is that you can add to the bread what you like. You can choose what type of sweeter you put in the bread and you know that there are no preservatives in the bread to keep it fresh through the grocery store track.
I have said it before and I will say it again: some of the things we have done in the name of convenience has made us worse off. The idea that everything should be packaged is insane.
I do not think it takes us back to the days of the caveman. What I do believe is that we need to re-evaluate the way we run our households. Eating fresh foods and taking the time to prepare your own meals saves money. The less money you spend the less time you have to invest toward the rat race to make more paper. There is nothing wrong with a back to basics mentality.
If all the prepared foods we consume was the same quality as the home made foods we prepare -at the same cost- that would be a different story. This is not our reality. We skimp and cut corners with the quality of food we eat so we do not have to take the time to prepare our own meals. Then we get sick from the poor diets we perpetuate. Then we run around talking about we need health care insurance.
No you need to care about your health. And face the true cost of putting our health on the back burner. Get this concept and you can consider yourself a real top earner.