How Dirty Dishes Cost You Money
Having a sink full of dirty dishes costs you money and hurts your budget. Think about it.
How often do you look to just grab “take out” or popping something in the microwave when the dishes are dirty?
Well, if you are like me, the urge is pretty strong. And it does seem easier to grab the convenience foods rather than take the few minutes and just wash the dishes.
However, convenience foods and take out are both more expensive than making a meal from scratch. The nutritional value of the meal you and your family is eating is greatly reduced as well.
The misconceived idea that “take out” is faster can be part of the problem. Because cooking from scratch in most cases, puts dinner on the table just as quickly as packing everyone up and going out.
- The time needed to get to the restaurant,
- grab drinks,
- sit down,
- make sure everyone has the right cardboard box,
- and finally eat.
Think about it—it is usually 20-30 minutes or more from the time you left the house to eating. Was this relaxing for you?
Keeping The Dishes Washed
It might take a bit of shifting of your regular routine, however, but you can quickly learn to keep your dishes washed up. And with very little extra effort too.
I know, you groaned. Yes, I hear you, but the dishes need to be done. If your children are too young to have this as one of their chores, then you are going to have to wash them yourself.
There are a few ways that you can do this.
Use Your Dishwasher
Perhaps you own a dishwasher and normally use it. In this case, you just need to figure out why your dishes aren’t being regularly washed. You have no reason to have dirty dishes in your home.
What you need to do is reorganize your daily routines and find the best time to turn your dishwasher on.
A built in dishwasher would be the easiest to just set and go, especially in the evening. However, if you have a portable dishwasher, it is wise to be close at hand to turn the kitchen tap off when the washing cycles are complete. But this could also be done in the evening, even if just before you go to bed for the night.
Then you can either open the dishwasher door and let the dishes air dry, or let the dishwasher complete the full drying cycle.
This is my personal favorite way to keep my dishes clean.
Hand washing the dishes is actually quite simple and takes less than 20 minutes in most cases. To learn how you can hand wash dishes quick and easy, read more here in this step by step article.
Again, keeping your dishes clean this way is just adjusting your schedule to find the few minutes to do it, and then keeping it done.
3 Times Of Day
There are 3 times of the day that work well for me to hand wash the dishes.
- I find that doing the dishes first thing in the morning can work very well. (After relaxing with my first cup of coffee, of course.) This way, other than the dishes that will be dirtied again at breakfast, the kitchen will be clean and tidy for the remainder of the day.However, I will point out that I am a morning person. I can be up and ready to start working anytime after 4 am most days. In fact, I’m writing this article, with my cup of coffee, before 6 am. Barry is still sleeping. He’ll be up by 6:30 am.
- Another time of the day that works well for me to wash dishes is immediately after dinner. This works best if you do it right after dinner. Don’t relax too much, or you’ll be doing them in the morning before breakfast. And if you are not a morning person, this will just probably make you grumpy, even with a cup of coffee.
- This last option, is to wash them just before making dinner. For me personally, this doesn’t work quite as well if Barry and I have worked hard all day. Barry will come in and look at the disaster zone of the kitchen and say, “Let’s go out.” This is Barry’s way of helping me out, but it doesn’t help our financial situation. I know that I can whip up a dinner for $5 or less, but eating out will easily turn into $30+. So, I have to try really hard to make sure Barry doesn’t see the kitchen in this dirty state at dinner time.
Clean Dishes Saves You Money
By keeping your kitchen cleared of dirty dishes you will save money. Money that can then be used to increase your grocery budget and put more real food in your home. Or perhaps the extra money saved can help pay down another bill. The choice of what to do with your savings from keeping your dishes clean is up to you.
However, I would strongly advise that you keep your basic housing expenses paid up, and put real food on your table. After that, pay down other debts. Then add extras into your budget as you can afford them.
Having clean dishes has several benefits:
- it is refreshing
- and encouraging
Come home to a clean kitchen. Be refreshed at seeing it. This will help you with your meal making creativity. Be inspired, get in there, and get cooking.
Keep Your Dishes Clean
In order to keep your dishes and the rest of your kitchen clean on a daily basis, read this article that gives you 10 tips to easily keep your kitchen clean.
Then instead of 20 minutes from now eating in a fast food restaurant, you will be serving up fresh vegetables and meat to your family. The nutritional value will be greatly increased too. And that will only help the health of your entire family.
Keep the dishes cleaned up and enjoy the simplicity of easy wholesome meals at home. Your home will be a safe refuge. A place to come home to and enjoy and relax with your family. Cherish this time and keep your dishes clean.
And save money too!