First and foremost it is advisable to always have some things at home,things like palm oil,crayfish,vegetable oil,salt,seasoning,dried pepper etc 

So here are our tips as listed below,

  • Vegetables are your best friends
  • Use seasonal foods
  • Buy from Abokis
  • Compare prices
  • Buy meat during the week
  • Know your market

VEGETABLES ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS

Vegetables like okro,ugwu,ewedu,water leaves,green leaves,uziza leaves etc.

Let ‘s do a little mathematics

Okro : 100 Naira

Smoked Titus : 250 Naira

Garri or Loi loi (fufu) : 100 Naira

Pepper : 50 Naira

Crayfish : 100 Naira

Onions : 50 Naira

Seasoning of choice : 50

Ugwu : 100 Naira

Salt : 100 Naira

Palm oil : 100 Naira

TOTAL : 1000 Naira

Now this is 1000 Naira because we bought things that we should have at home going by the introduction of this article,if we had some things at home we would not have spent up to 1000 naira,it really helps to have some food stuffs at home,some meals here would even be a bit less than 500 naira if some items are readily available.

SHARP SHARP JOLLOF RICE AKA CONCOCTION RICE

Rice 1 Derica cup : 300 Naira (you can use 1/2 cup this is dependent on the number of eaters)

Tomatoes : 100 Naira

Fresh pepper : 50 Naira

Dried ground pepper :50 Naira (optional)

Egg : 1(50 Naira) ( You could buy more depending on the eaters)

Onions : 50 Naira

Seasoning : 50 Naira

Groundnut oil : 100 Naira

Cucumber : 50 Naira for garnishing

TOTAL : 800 Naira

WATER LEAVES SOUP

Water leaves : 100 Naira

Uziza : 50 Naira

Shawa(Bonga fish) : 200

Crayfish : 100 Naira

Onions : 50 Naira

Dried pepper : 50 Naira

Palm oil :100

TOTAL : 650 Naira

 

SHARP SHARP SPAGHETTI

Spaghetti : 200 Naira

Tomatoes :100 Naira

Dried pepper : 50 Naira

Egg : 50 (1 or depending on your desired quantity)

Seasoning : 50 Naira

Spring onions : 50 Naira

 

EWEDU SOUP

 

Ewedu : 100 Naira

Dried pepper : 50 Naira

Crayfish : 100 Naira

Shawa (Bonga fish) : 200 Naira

Iru (Locust beans) : 50 Naira

TOTAL : 500 Naira

 

UGWU SOUP

Ugwu : 100 Naira

Ofo (Thickener) 50 Naira

Dried pepper : 50 Naira

Onions : 50 Naira

Crayfish : 150 Naira

Smoked Titus : 200 Naira

Total : 600 Naira

 

WHITE RICE AND PALM OIL SAUCE

Rice : 1 derica cup (300 Naira)

Dried Cayenne pepper (ata gbige) : 50 Naira

Crayfish : 100 Naira

Ponmo : 1oo Naira

Iru : 50 Naira

Onions : 50 Naira

Ejakika (dried round fish) : 200

TOTAL :850 Naira

Please also note that for some of these list i did not state  salt or seasoning because we already bought for some and we all know we can not finish 100 naira salt (1 pack )for a small pot of soup.

 

USE SEASONAL FOODS

These ones are usually cheaper cause they are in season,has anyone noticed that avocado pears all over the place?You know the price would not be the same as when it was not in season.

 

BUY FROM ABOKIS

Aboki is actually a hausa word for friend,they are men from the north that sell vegetables most times,they are usually cheaper than the regular sellers,i prefer buying things like okro,carrots,cucumbers,ginger,garlic,lettuce,celery,cabbage,spring ,cauliflower,mint leaves,runner beans,onions,green pepper etc from them because it is usually cheaper,for the sake of this article it is advisable to buy from them except of course you are a bargaining guru lol.

 

COMPARE PRICES

Do not just ask for the price of a thing in one shop/stall and then buy!No!check other places and then compare prices,at least check 3 stalls,know how to bargain,it is an art lol.

 

BUY MEAT DURING THE WEEK 

Meat is usually expensive on Saturday because a lot of people go to the market ,funny isn’t it?

So it is advisable to buy your meat during the week not on Saturdays.

 

KNOW YOUR MARKET

You might have places to buy cheaper things from same market,ironically same quality too,for example in Ajah market in Lagos Nigeria,esam(periwinkle) is sold for 300 naira outside the market and 250 naira inside the market,if i did not know the market i would not know,so now you know if you went to Ajah market,you know where to get your esam lol.

You might say ah !ah! it is just 50 naira,yes it is but look at this scenario if i were buying 3 cups i would have saved 150 naira,if i added 50 naira to 150 naira it would buy me 2 packs of serviette ,that would be very useful to me at home.

Please note that the derica cup is a tin tomato cup used to sell cereals in some Nigerian markets.