It didn’t take many additions to our family to realize we needed to pull up our boot straps in our budget!
Where did I foresee the MOST need to save money, you ask?? My hubby & I both agreed that even though we differed in our spending styles, we both realized the area that we typically spend the majority of our extra money is for meals. While I’m still not 100% ‘reformed’ in this area, I still enjoy eating out when possible, I do see the benefit of eating mostly home-cooked meals.
For the frugal family, we have to ask ourselves how we can prepare meals that are: tasty, nutritious, stretch far, and are easy to prepare.
*Below are my TOP TEN tips for doing just that; they’re simple really…but if you implement even ONE in your home, I’m sure you’ll be able to slim & trim your spending. Enjoy!!!
- Use Meal Plans That Can Be Regularly Repeated! (i.e. keep them simple though~ SAMPLE can be found in this pos
- Your Slow Cooker Must Become Your Best Friend! (i.e. meals that take little prep time, but can be quickly put together after breakfast for dinnertime; if lacking recipes you can find tons of FREEBIES on Pinterest)
- Find a Whole Sale Super Store Near You to Purchase Your Staples in Bulk! (i.e. Costco’s, Sam’s Club)
- Involve Your Children in the Process As Much As Possible! (this increases the likelihood that they will actually consume AND enjoy what your prepare)
- Consider Finding Fresh Veggies Somewhere More Affordable in Season! (i.e. grow your own garden, trade extras with friends, local co-op or farmer’s market)
- Where Possible, Buy Meat in Bulk! (meat is one of our costliest items; buy straight from farmer or butcher)
- Bake Your Own Treats! (most baked goodies are really overpriced OR full of non-nutritious additives; so baking your own equals WIN~WIN)
- Instead of Purchasing Individualized Portions, Where Possible Buy Larger Portions & Divide Using Tupperware, Glassware or Smaller Baggies! (i.e. yogurt, apple sauce, pudding, crackers, etc.)
- Double Batch! Saves Tons Over Time!!! (triple, quadruple…freeze extras unless consuming within a few days)
- Some of My Fav ‘Frugal’ Meals Include–> soups, stews, casseroles & meal salads! These can all be made to be nutritious, delicious AND affordable for the average (or larger than) family 🙂
Could you share with us one tip that was most HELPFUL in saving money in your kitchen?