Today is the final post in the series for reducing your grocery budget. We have discussed what to do BEFORE you go to the store, WHERE and HOW you should shop, WHAT you should buy, and now… How you cook what you bought.
How you cook ~
Cook from your menu
If you took the time to make a menu, then do yourself a favor and use it.
I love to cook one time a week. (I need to post more of those nights for your to see.) Some people prefer cooking once a month. Even if you just double your quantity and then freeze half, you will end up saving money because 1) you are buying food in bulk and the prices are lower and 2) you will be less tempted to eat out because you have dinner waiting in the freezer.
Use your crock pot
The temptation to stop somewhere on the way home is nonexistent when you know that dinner is ready to go.
Use beans and rice
Beans and rice are excellent fillers for stretching your meat. Corn works well for stretching your meat too. Or, use those beans and rice for a wonderful meatless meal.
Bill eats leftovers for lunch every day. He never has to buy a lunch and I have no idea how much that has saved us over the last eight years but I bet it is a bundle. I package up what we have left into microwaveable entree containers and then put them in the freezer. My goal is to make at least two lunches from each dinner. He can then pick and choose from what we have, microwave them, and be the envy of everyone around him.
Make it your goal to use what you buy. When I was in seminary, I remember a friend telling me about the $60 worth of produce she and her husband bought but never ate. I think about that story often when I open my refrigerator. I try to look through the produce every couple of days to see what needs to be used quickly.
If you want to practice using up what you have, join my Waste Nothing Challenge in April.
Make from scratch
This is the one that kills a lot of people because of the time commitment for cooking something from scratch but with all the recipes available for packaging up convenience mixes yourself, there really is no longer an excuse.
What are some money-saving tips you have for HOW you cook?
Don’t miss the rest of this series ~
- Tips for Reducing Your Grocery Budget (Part One)
- Tips for Reducing Your Grocery Budget (Part Two)
- Tips for Reducing Your Grocery Budget (Part Three)
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