6 Ideas to Save Money on Your Meals
Tips that will help you save money on food
While you can eliminate many other expenses to save some extra cash, spending on food will always be a part of your budget. You can still eat right and maintain a healthy diet, without leaving all your salary at the grocery store. Follow these 6 simple tips and combat cooking and shopping crisis once and for all.
1. Go to the supermarket alone and on a full stomach
Go to the supermarket after you have eaten so you don’t find anything that falls at sight tempting to buy. It is also better to go by yourself, since you would be able to think rationally rather than be influenced by someone else’s opinion.
Taking the kids to the store is also a challenge when trying to save, since they would demand everything that grabs their attention and sometimes you may give in and buy it for them.
2. Purchase store brands
Store owned brands, meaning the products which are labeled with the name of the supermarket, are a way for stores to trademark and sell products on a lower price. That doesn’t make them of less quality, but they usually have the lowest price in the shop since supermarkets purchase them in bulk and get a good discount.
3. Go for seasonal products
If you purchase fruits and vegetables according to the season, you will avoid paying the extra cost for imported products. Moreover, non-seasonal veggies are processed with chemicals so they wouldn’t spoil during transportation, so try to avoid them.
4. Take advantage of leftovers
No need to throw food away. You just need to make an effort to be creative and "recycle" food. Make grilled chicken for dinner and use the leftovers to prepare a rich caesar salad the next day.
Dry bread can be transformed into bread crumbs to make croutons and older or slightly damaged fruits and vegetables make great smoothies. There are many ways to take advantage of leftovers, you simply have to use your imagination.
5. Prepare a romantic dinner at home
Want to enjoy a romantic evening with your partner but are scared of the restaurant bill? Then why not prepare a romantic dinner at home. Cook your partner's favorite dish, set a beautiful table, add some candles, flowers and have a great night. If you have the budget, you can also purchase wine or champagne to complete the experience.
6. Eat less meat
Meat is often one of the most expensive food items you can buy and also recent studies show that while it’s good to consume meat, overuse of it can be damaging to your health.
Here are some ideas to prepare nutritional and healthy meals that use a cheap base and not involve meat:
Pasta based meals
A bowl of noodles can be boring, but you can make it more interesting and tasty by using a variety of herbs and vegetables. These ingredients are relatively inexpensive, so you will not spend too much.
Try adding a chopped tomato, green pepper, red pepper, or any of your favorite vegetable and basil or oregano leaves to your noodle dish and make a cheaper, but still nutritional dish.
Bean based meals
Beans are not only inexpensive, but they are also an excellent source of protein and provide a lot of fiber, which is an important component of a healthy diet and a faster metabolism.
Bean can be adapted to many dishes and suit everyone’s taste and they contain complex carbohydrates that are an excellent complement to your meal plan.
Egg based meals
The eggs are the cheapest source of protein and can create an infinite number of dishes based on them. Cook a delicious and inexpensive meal in a few minutes making a cheese omelette and accompany it with a rich salad.
Rice based meals
Rice is another inexpensive item that can be combined in many ways to create delicious dishes. You can include it in a salad, you can combine it with tuna and mayonnaise or you can make a rich pot of rice with vegetables. The possibilities are endless, you just need to be creative.