A recent Mom Blog Network post shares some great tips on how to reduce your monthly grocery budget in these tough times:
4 Ways I am Going to Reduce our Grocery Budget Now:
1. Portion control. Eating less at meal time, so we can have more for leftovers the next night or for lunch. Like Wanda recommended – take out what you want to save before serving it.
2. Eating less meat and more veggies. I got a book called “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” for Christmas and I am ready to dive in and figure it out some tasty veggie meals. (recommended by Amelia.)
3. Seeking out better deals on meat and freezing it. I already watch the sales on meat, but I am going to try and be even more keen on it. Also, I am going to check Costco prices.
4. Making double or triple amounts of meals and store some in the freezer. Most of the time when we eat out during the week is when I don’t feel like cooking. So I am hoping by sticking some meals in the freezer that can easily be heated up will curb some of the eating out.
One of the readers commented on how Dream Dinners is a great way to help cut back on costs. In reviewing the above suggestions, Dream Dinners can definitely help with items 1 and 4. All of the Dream Dinners meals are designed for portion control in mind – one chicken breast, one chop, or one steak per person per meal. If you take suggestion #2 and have some nice sides to the meal, then one piece of meat will fill you up nicely. Dream Dinners also lets you make several meals at once to store in your freezer. Having the meals in my freezer has helped me to cut back from a 4-5 times per week eating out routine to a 1-2 times per week eating out routine (that’s saving about $15-$20/week.) Let us know if Dream Dinners has helped you reduce your grocery budget or if you have other ways to help save money on meals.