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Frugal Cooking For Families: Recipes And Meal Planning Ideas To Save Money On Food



The only lower priced store in our area is Walmart, however often the sale prices at the more expensive stores (Publix) are even less expensive. I keep all my tried and true recipes on my phone. Then I shop the sales and tailor the meals around those items. Also meat often goes on sale in bulk, such as a whole brisket. The butcher will cut that to order (if not at your store then do it yourself at home) then freeze part for future weeks. You may spend more on those weeks but then save extra the rest of the month. I also use those app that give cash back for buying certain items. Occasionally between a store sale then cash back I get an item for free or actually make a little money. Saving significant amounts take a little extra time. Either sale hunting at store or store flyer research in advance. Thanks for a great jumping off point. Since your list came in under $100 those with hungry teens can use the extra to buy low cost filling items- extra bread and peanut butter, salad items, pasta, etc. I used to make a mock cheese soufflé (bread soaked in savory egg custard with cheese added then baked) as an after school snack for my 4 when they were teens. Hearty and filling and then they were set till dinner. Similar ingredients to a grilled cheese but not the same ole same ole. Whatever works for your family. Good luck sale hunting everyone.




Frugal Cooking for Families: Recipes and Meal Planning Ideas to Save Money on Food



My struggles with money and having to do things frugally is when I started taking care of my elderly mom who is on a lot of medication for her health issues and a restricted diet. We have to stretch each penny we have to make it last each month. So I learned and am still learning healthy (within my moms restricted diet) meals that I can stretch. It is just me and my mom, but being from a big family I am or was use to cooking for a big family. I now still cook like I am cooking for 8 and now I make freezer meals with the leftovers. I stretch each meal as far as i can. Plus it makes life easier now that my moms health is getting worse. I cook several big meals and it lasts a month. We do not waste anything. Plus I stock up on things when they are cheap and I have coupons.


I know that weekly meal planning can be a great solution to save money on food. And, as moms, I know how we want to do our best to provide healthy foods for our family. Yet, rising food costs do not make this easy for us.


Our Mom List never seems to get shorter, does it? You cross four things off, and then two hours later, you add seven more things! ARG! Yet, there are some things (like meal planning) that can reduce your mental and physical load over time. Meal planning may take a few rounds for you to work out the kinks, but overall you will save so much time and money!


Wow this is a fantastic guide on meal planning! I like the 75/25 rule as I tend to stock up too much sometimes. I tried to use an inventory tracker to help me stay on track but it could be time consuming. I wish there was something simpler to use to avoid food waste while saving money!


Finding good food to feed yourself and your family is a challenge when you are trying to get out of debt, save for a special occasion, or just find yourself short at the end of each month. I have included a lot of ideas here and hope you find a few cheap grocery meals you can try.


Cheap keto meal prep means making enough of something to last several days or a week, and packing it up into individual containers. (I like these glass ones because they have vented lids!) Many people do low carb meal prep on Sundays. This saves tons of time throughout the week, but it can also save money because it helps reduce food waste.


This is a HARDCOVER COLOR EDITION of our award-winning Dining on a Dime Cookbook, packed with over 1,200 money-saving recipes and tips, kids tips, and snack ideas, gift baskets, menus, food storage directions, Cleaning Cents and Pretty for Pennies.


You'll be preparing warm, home cooked meals from scratch and healthy, fresh snacks and lunches for your family, even on a tight budget. When you spend less time cooking and you make foods your family loves, they'll be happy to come to dinner and you won't be wasting time making elaborate meals that they won't eat. Even your husband will love the food from this cookbook. Dining On A Dime, Volume 1 is the most comprehensive family cookbook available, full of easy time tested money saving favorites.


A: The Dining On A Dime Cookbook, Volume 1 has been designed with the best money saving recipes in mind. Rather than using cardboard tasting, "beans and rice" cheap foods that leave you wanting more, we're using time tested recipes that have you eating satisfying, delicious meals.


A: No! I wrote this book while living in a remote part of Idaho when we had to drive 60 miles for groceries and I couldn't go to the store more often than necessary. I can assure you that each of the recipes uses commonly found foods that anyone can find at their local supermarket. You won't have to spend a lot of money buying ingredients, but you will be able to make easy, healthy and nutritional meals for your family.


A: Like you, we are busy and we definitely don't have time to spend hour after hour cooking. I'm chronically ill and I have 4 kids so I'm not about to spend 4 hours a day in the kitchen! We know that every single one of you feels the same way. Life is busy and you need recipes that can be ready in minutes. When you use the Dining On A Dime Cookbook, you'll be in and out of the kitchen in minutes and have a delicious meal ready every time. You'll also find lots of tips and ideas to speed up the cooking process so, if you're really short on time, you can still eat at home faster and cheaper than running to get take out.


I have been married for 38 years and we have always been fairly frugal, I also have always made home cooked meals but I was looking for a cookbook with some new recipes that were simple normal people food. Not crazy expensive ingredients or things that we have never heard of let alone eaten. So far every recipe I have tried we have enjoyed. They are quick and tasty! I will be using this cookbook for many years to come and will most likely be ordering more for gifts. Thanks so much !


  • Remember, the freezer is your friend. If you wanted to do lunches for a whole month, for example, you could make five portions (seven if you want to include the weekend) of four different dishes on a Sunday afternoon and freeze everything. That way you can alternate your lunches so you don't end up eating the same dish for a week.Choose quick and easy recipes for your meal planChoose a bunch of yummy recipes that you love AND are easy to make. Going back to our lunch example, that's only four recipes. It'll make your meal prep much easier and you won't spend hours on end figuring out what to munch on for the next week.

Make meal planning funIf you enjoy cooking, spending an afternoon in the kitchen won't be a problem. But even if you don't, there are ways to make meal prep a more enjoyable activity. Put on some tunes or have a Netflix series on in the background (don't get distracted and cut yourself when you're chopping veg!).


Hi, I'm Stephy! I am the owner of Prudent Penny Pincher. I have been an author, content developer, and professional blogger for seven years. Prudent Penny Pincher explores ways to save money on everyday life with a particular focus on recipes, DIY, and crafts while sharing helpful frugal tips along the way.


Meal prepping is preparing all or some of your food ahead of time so you can still eat well despite a busy schedule. If you can prepare cheap meals ahead of time, divide them into portions, and freeze them for later use, you can save even more money.


A college meal plan is a prepaid account that allows students to purchase meals on campus. Purchasing a meal plan allows for easy college meals with no cooking, shopping, or budgeting required. Meal plans can save you money depending on the food costs in your area. Costs vary based on options and schools.


Gallon or quart-sized plastic or re-usable freezer safe bags. Just make sure and get out as much air as possible by squishing the food around and flattening the bag as much as possible. Seal it tightly to avoid any spills or freezer burn as well. I have heard of people using reusable gallon sized bags as well to save even more money. Ziploc freezer meal recipes are my most used freezer meals for a month.


Make a menu. Decide which meals you will make for lunch and dinner and make a list of the items that you will need from the grocery store. When you have a plan, you will be less likely to spend money on fast food or convenience meals. Take a look at these tips for easy menu planning.


A dietitian can give you personalized advice on how to save money on food while not compromising on nutrition. They will make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need to be healthy as well as share grocery shopping and cooking tips to make the most of your food budget. Did you know that dietitians are covered by many employee health benefit plans? Connect with a dietitian today!


2. Plan your meals around sales. How does meal planning save you money? For the same reason budgeting saves you money. Spending intentionally and with a plan helps you to be more frugal.


4. Get creative with the food you have on hand. Create your meal plans around ingredients you already have on hand. Maybe you were planning to make beef stew for dinner one night, but you already have a big sack of potatoes in your pantry. You can make potato soup instead and save yourself the cost of the stew meat. This is also a great way to reduce waste and thus, eat for cheap.


Meat can be very expensive now, but you can make a few frugal swaps to save money. Buy chicken thighs instead of breasts. Or better yet, buy a whole chicken and stretch it for several meals. Brisket became popular not because it was a family favorite, but because it was an inexpensive cut. Look for chuck roasts instead of sirloin or other popular cuts and you will save money. You can cut up a roast into strips for fajitas or bite-size pieces for a casserole. Cutting the meat into smaller pieces yourself will usually save you at least 25% over precut meat. 041b061a72


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