A WOMAN has revealed the extreme lengths she uses to keep tabs on her spending.
Sarah, a home economist, teacher and naturalist who lives in the United States, posted the video to her TikTok account, peeliesnpetals, where it has been viewed more than three million times.
Many users have asked Sarah why she saves so much food and keeps an entire room full of canned goods and preserves.
She explained that her family rarely eats out, meaning all three meals are eaten at home and she often cooks from scratch, including pasta, noodles and bread.
Sarah said: “I also run my home like a business.
“It’s so I can make sure our dollar stretches as far as possible, that we reduce our carbon footprint on the earth by growing and preserving our own food.”
This means that Sarah must save enough food from one growing season to last until the next.
She shows a batch of peaches she saved after buying them wholesale for $40 from a local farmer and said she made them almost two years ago.
By buying in bulk, she was able to save enough peaches for herself and her family for two years.
She added: “I keep an Excel spreadsheet of what we use every day in all of our meals and how many canned jars and how many she uses.
“I adjust this each year so that I appropriately grow what we need for the following year.”
While most people’s pantry consists of a few cupboards, Sarah uses an entire room to store her curated possessions.
Sarah shows the extent of her canning in another video, which includes a variety of fruits, vegetables and condiments such as; carrots, corn, potatoes, bbq sauce, soup and a variety of meats.
She calculates how much food she needs by estimating that she uses one can of each food per week to feed her family, which means she needs 52 cans to last a year.
When Sarah sees a good price for food, she stocks up; “When asparagus was a dollar a pound, I would buy 60 pounds, which gives me enough jars to last all year.”
Her top tips for saving as much money as possible when buying food are to grow your own food, buy cheap local food when in season, and store food to last.
Not only does her carefully planned pantry help her save money, it also means she can help reduce food waste and live a sustainable life.
Sarah also said that if they ever lost their jobs or got sick, the family would always have enough food to keep them going.
Users were inspired by Sarah’s extreme organization and the amount of work involved in preparing food, with one writing: “Your level of organization is truly inspirational. I wish I had you with me when I was growing up to teach me all this, but I’m glad to have you now.”
“That’s so cool, but I’d also trip if I stood in line behind someone buying 60 pounds of asparagus.” commented another user.
A third person wrote: “It’s very smart to think if you get sick or lose your job etc. Few people think that way and we all should.”
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