How to Plan Meals Economically
Whether you’re feeding yourself or a family, mealtimes present a challenge when you want to be economical without sacrificing your favorites. You want tasty meals that everyone will enjoy and that won’t send your budget into cardiac arrest.
Find a breakfast you and your wallet will love. Make homemade versions of frequently purchased breakfast items, such as frozen waffles or instant oatmeal.
Also, use leftovers: Cold pizza makes a nice breakfast. So does a cheese enchilada or some vegetarian lasagna from dinner the night before.
Brown-bag it in style for lunch. Bringing homemade lunch items with you to work or school is a surefire way to save money every day during the week. Keep these tips in mind:
Be creative with your menu. Vary your menu from day to day to keep your palate happy.
Spice it up. Add fresh herbs or fancier condiments (horseradish for that roast beef sandwich).
Go for the extraordinary. Instead of run-of-the-mill cheese cubes, pack a variety of cheeses with a couple slices of shaved ham, a few olives, some fruit, and crackers.
Save on scrumptious dinners. Here are a few ideas to help you save money and still end up with a great dinner:
Serve breakfast for dinner. Bacon and eggs may be a fairly expensive breakfast to serve the family, but it’s a very cheap meal compared to most dinner menus.
Focus on the sides. Make dinner a small serving of chicken with a large tossed salad and a generous serving of steamed vegetables or rice.
Serve salad. A chef salad, for example, includes a little meat and a lot of vegetables.