Cut Back on Meat to Trim Your Budget
Another quick way to “trim the fat” off your budget (and your meals) is to cut back on eating meat. To avoid food waste, and unnecessary expense, start with a few simple changes. These tips can help you bump up the veggies on your plate and decrease the meat without breaking the bank.
- Start with small steps. Going “full” vegetarian can be a drastic change and an expensive “experiment” if it doesn’t work out.
- Skip the meat not the protein. If you leave out the protein in a meal, you’ll be missing out on important nutrients and you’ll get hungry more quickly.
- Try to include protein-rich, whole foods i.e. lentils, beans, chickpeas, nuts and seeds. Your health and your budget will thank you.
- Chose meat substitutes very carefully. They can cost as much as the real thing and vary in nutrients.
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You Don’t Have to Manage Everything on Your Own
Unless you’re only cooking for yourself, you don’t have to manage these tasks all on your own. In fact, if you try, you’re likely to get overwhelmed and frustrated, especially if it feels like none of the other meal-consuming people in your home are pulling their weight. If you have a family budget and a family grocery list, the rest of the family can be involved in the process. Whenever possible, try to delegate some tasks to other members of your family – we know, this is sometimes easier said than done, but we did say, try.
- Those who enjoy organizational tasks, but not the cooking itself, could take the lead on making the lists and meal plans.
- Others may enjoy the prep work more than the actual cooking. Get them to wash, peel, and chop for you. You won’t believe how much time it can save, and many hands make for lighter work.
- Some people, believe it or not, prefer the clean up to the cooking! Put them to work cleaning up, putting away dishes, and storing, and labelling those leftovers.
- Bonus tip! While packing up the leftovers, don’t forget to pack some for your lunch(es). It’s another big time-saver that will also boost your budget and help you avoid wasting food.
Find Free Recipes, Cooking Tips, and More Online
The internet is a great, budget-friendly resource for any home cook – experienced or just learning. Whether you want to start browsing free recipes, researching nutritional information, or watching step-by-step videos, you don’t have to spend any extra money to get cooking! We’ve added a few below to help get you started.
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