How to Plan Your Meals When You’re on a Tight Budget
March 23, 2015
Cheaper Meal Planning
December 15, 2014
Just because you've reduced your food budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor.
Bring out big flavor with a small budget. Use these tips and meal ideas to create a variety of meals on the cheap.
Do you want to spend less money on food? Then plan ahead. Most shoppers waste money on impulse buys or last-minute trips to the supermarket for missing ingredients. When you're ready to put the skids on wasteful cash flow, try these purpose-driven strategies.
Sit down with supermarket sale circulars before heading to stores. Plan out menus based on specials and in-season produce.
Always make out a shopping list. Shop and stick to the list.
Clip coupons from newspapers, magazines, or the Internet for products that you buy routinely. Take advantage of double coupons days or in-store specials.
Consider stocking up on frequently-used items while they're on sale.
Go through cabinets routinely to use up canned and boxed staples.
Buy in bulk when the savings prove good.
One of the simplest ways to cut costs is to dine globally. Make it an adventure for your family to try new cuisines. You'll learn fast what most foreign cooks already know: cooking with lots of vegetables and grains keeps food costs low.
Adopt an Asian mindset toward meals. Fill plates with vegetables and starches like rice and noodles. Let expensive meats and seafood, if you use them at all, act as flavorful condiments.
Play around with spices. Indian cooks add ingredients like coriander, cumin, and turmeric to build depth in dishes that contain large amounts of vegetables or lentils.
Focus on whole grains. Italian cooks stock the cabinet with dry pastas (either regular or whole wheat varieties), and add roasted vegetable sauces, tomato sauce, or a sauce where meat is a minor player.