I love to save money as much as I can and I think I live a pretty frugal lifestyle. I want to provide you with some ways to save money while meal planning today, because we all need to save money where we can.
I usually stick with basic ingredients that are in a variety of recipes. I really like using spices they are very versatile and can go into lots of things. I also love cooking with fruits and veggies for this reason as well. They can go into many different meals and sometimes depending on what it is you can just eat it on its own. This will drastically save your budget if you don’t go for fancy ingredients that you can use in one or two recipes if you are lucky.
I stock up on meats when they are on sale. I get a lot of my pork at around $1.25 a pound this way. I get my chicken at around $1.50 a pound. Beef is more expensive at around $3 a pound when it is on sale. I stock my freezer up when it is on sale and I don’t really repurchase until it is on sale again. I also stock up on lots of other things when they are on sale like noodles, canned veggies, cheese, and mostly everything I buy.
I also love to coupon sometimes I stick a coupon on top of a sale and get the item almost free. I love doing this and couponing if a major hobby of mine. I collect coupons both out of the Sunday paper and on the internet. There are also websites out there that will give you coupon match-ups for the current week so you can really save money.
Another thing I do is that I make a lot of things homemade instead of buying them. I love baking cookies, and bread. I also make my own granola, trail mix, lemonade, and spice mixes. Pretty much if you can make it on your own instead of buy it I do it.
Now I am going to post some things of how to save money when you use the mealgarden app.
The first thing is to make sure you are carrying your leftovers over and not just listing the recipe twice when you are going to use leftovers. This will help you not buy extra ingredients you don’t really need.
The next thing is to make sure you have the actual amount of people eating checked when it asks again it is so you are not overbuying food.
Try to plan meals with only one of two different meats for the whole week, and use one meat up before using the next. It will help keep waste down if you use up one kind of meat before starting the next.
I hope you enjoyed reading my money saving tips on meal planning. I also hope you are able to save some money the next time you set your meal plans.