Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Thrifty Thursday That Saves You Money in the Long Run

So I will be the first to tell you that today's tip doesn't seem very thrifty at first.  What I am going to share with you will cost you money up front, but in the end it will save you time and money.  Want to know more?
Something that cost me some money up front, but has overall save me time and money is my Instant Pot.  I waited until I found a great sale on it and then purchased it.  Interestingly enough this sale was in late summer not after Thanksgiving or near Christmas.  I got my Instant Pot for around $80 and on some sizes the prices have come down more now and other sizes are more, but they are bigger and have more features..  So $80 was a lot initially, but overall this gadget has saved me lots of time and money.
I often get so busy with school and the kids that I forget to get meat out of the freezer until 2:00pm or later.  This used to be an issue because then I would have to defrost the meat in the microwave and then hurry to cook it in the oven or on the stove to get dinner done on time.  This would leave the meat tough and without a lot of flavor.  Other times by the time I realized I forgot to pull the meat out, it would be way too late and I would just run and pick up dinner somewhere which would blow our budget.   Now that I have my instant pot, I can throw the meat in frozen and still get it done in about an hour or so.  I can cook entire meals in there and have dinner in about 30 minutes or less.  I also use it to cook boiled eggs in under 10 minutes that peel easily.  I throw whole potatoes in it to make mashed potatoes and it cooks them in 10 minutes.  I cook tons of stuff in there.  The other benefit to my instant pot is that if I need to take dinner somewhere, the lid locks and I don't make a mess in my car.  So yes, it did cost me some money in the beginning, but it has more than paid for itself in saving me time and when I get busy, I throw dinner in the instant pot instead of running into town to buy dinner.

Do you own an Instant Pot?  What do you cook in yours?  If you don't own one yet, check it out and put it on your wish list.

*This is not a sponsored post.  I did not get paid to tell you about my Instant Pot, I am just sharing how I save myself time and money.  This post does contain my Amazon Affiliate link which means if you choose to buy from my link, I make a small commission from Amazon.

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