If I had to guess, 98% of people who buy the Instant Pot do so because they’re trying to get dinner on the table faster.
Another 1% bought it because everyone else was buying it.
And then the last 1% of people are seeing if the Instant Pot saves money.
Turns out, that last 1% are on to something…
I honestly hadn’t thought about using my Instant Pot to save money until I started the Instant Pot Basics challenge. What started as a goal to use my Instant Pot once a day, making a bunch of things I normally make anyway, turned into me having to get a bit creative with the daily posts.
The thing though, is by having the Instant Pot on my counter and at the ready, it’s already saved me money. Here’s how.
6 Ways the Instant Pot Saves Money
1. The Instant Pot Reduces the Temptation to Eat Out
When you know you can cook a whole chicken hands-off in under an hour, it’s a bit harder to load up the car and drive to the restaurant to wait for a table… and then wait for food that takes who knows how long to get to your table…
Just KNOWING that the Instant Pot can make you dinner just as fast – if not faster – than both delivery and take out makes it harder to eat out.
2. The Instant Pot Uses Very Little Energy to Operate
According to this chart, the slow cooker is #2 in terms of which appliance uses the least amount of energy.
But according to the Instant Pot website, electric pressure cookers have taken over that spot and are more energy efficient than slow cookers. Why?
- The Instant Pot is a fully insulated external pot, which loses less energy as it is being used.
- The Instant Pot uses much less water, requiring less energy to cook.
- The Instant Pot can monitor the internal temperature when it’s cooking and in turn, will stop continuously adding heat (and in turn using as much energy) when it’s reached the necessary cooking temperature.
- The Instant Pot cooks faster than the slow cooker, so it’s not on as long.
3. The Instant Pot Reduces Household Energy Consumption
Let’s assume for a minute that you’re cooking anyway… whether it’s on the stove or slow cooker or whatever. You’re cooking dinner.
Most kitchen appliances put off heat one way or another. We used to live in a rental house where the kitchen faced West. The oven in that kitchen was a heating BEAST. I did everything I could to avoid turning it on for dinner time, and honestly, Friday night pizza nights were brutal.
The Instant Pot is insulated, which means it keeps the heat in and your kitchen cool. I’ve used it daily for nearly a month now and not once have I ever noticed my kitchen being warmer than usual.
For those of us who live where summers are hot (they don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing!), the Instant Pot is a lifesaver!
4. The Instant Pot Can Help You Cook from Scratch
We all know that cooking from scratch saves money, right? Well the Instant Pot gives you the ability to cook a good chunk of your grocery list, from scratch, in less time that it would take you to go to the store.
This isn’t an all inclusive list of course, but if you’ve ever put these things on your grocery list, the Instant Pot can make it for you for a fraction of the price!
5. The Instant Pot Can Reduce Your Grocery Bill
One of the biggest benefits to an Instant Pot is being able to buy the cheap, tough cuts of meat and cooking them like a boss:
- Chuck Roasts
- Top Blade Roasts
- Bottom Round Roasts
- Round-eye or Eye-round Roasts
- Shoulder Roasts
All of these roasts are no match for the Instant Pot. The best part is that they’re ready in an hour AND you don’t even have to marinade them ahead of time!
6. The Instant Pot Really Does Save Time
We’re all busy and as the saying goes, time is money. I wouldn’t cook everything in the Instant Pot, but 90% of my test recipes have come out fast.
For me, that means less time spent cooking, doing dishes and cleaning up kitchen messes… and more free time to spend with my family!
I always get questions on what Instant Pot I have, what size is best for your family and if there’s anything you should know before you jump in. I highly recommend reading my post on 20+ Things to Know Before You Buy an Instant Pot, plus my article on How to Make Slow Cooker Recipes in an Instant Pot. Both are extremely helpful for both new and seasoned Instant Pot owners!
Do you have an Instant Pot? How has it helped you save money? Leave your stories in the comment section below!