Meal Planning Can Help Cut Costs
In tough times, it’s more important than ever to watch your cash outflow. One savings idea submitted by a reader of Home & Family Finance Online (HFFO) is to make a weekly menu with a set food budget. To try this method, you might want to start small, HFFO suggests, maybe starting with just five evening meals for a week.
First, list the recipes you routinely prepare. Then, use your market’s weekly flyer to see what’s on sale. Pair sale items with your favorite recipes to really improve your food savings over time.
Plan a crockpot meal for evenings you’ll be home late. Count on having leftovers one night a week to reduce the number of meals you have to plan. Inventory food you already have for the dishes. You now have a shopping list and the beginnings of a meal preparation plan. Use this method consistently to save money and time.
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