Tips to Eat Better On a Budget Part 2

Get the most for your budget. There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat. The three main steps are planning before you shop, purchasing the items at the best price, and preparing meals that stretch your food dollars.

  • Convenience Costs Go Back to the Basics – Convenience foods like frozen dinners, pre-cut vegetables, and instant rice, oatmeal, or grits will cost you more than if you were to make them from scratch yourself. Take the time to prepare your own and save.
  • Easy of Your Wallet – Certain foods are typically low cost options all year round. Try beans for a less expensive protein food. For vegetables, buy carrots, greens, or potatoes. Ad for fruits, apples and bananas are good choices.
  • Cook Once, Eat All Week – Prepare a large batch of favourite recipes on your day off (double or tripe the recipe). Freeze in individual containers. Use them throughout the week and you won’t have to spend money on take-out meals.
  • Get Your Creative Juices Flowing – Spice up your leftovers, use them in new ways. For example, try leftover chicken in a stir-fry or over a garden salad, or to make chicken chilli. Remember, throwing away food is throwing away your money.
  • Eating Out – Restaurants can be expensive. Save money by getting the early bird special, going out for lunch instead of dinner, or looking for “2 for 1” deals. Stick to water instead of ordering other beverages, which add to the bill.

Reference : https://wicworks.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/image/DGTipsheet16EatingBetterOnABudget.jpg

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Nikki says:

    I made tortilla chicken soup and ate four days on it changing up my sides.

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    1. GS says:

      Meal planning saves money. That’s because you’ll look at the recipes you’ll be using, see what’s on sale, and know what ingredients you already have in your pantry. By planning, you’ll spend less money and waste less food (which is like throwing cash into the trash).

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  2. Great ideas! I love that you don’t say “not to eat out”, but instead give tips on saving a bit of money when eating out!!

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    1. GS says:

      To protect yourself from catching COVID while dining out, the CDC recommends following these tips: Don’t go out if you’re sick. Wear a face covering at the restaurant at all times, except when eating. This includes indoor and outdoor dining areas.

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      1. Absolutely! Dine safely 🙂

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  3. These tips are very necessary especially in this time of covid and it’s financial impact.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes Indeed. During a global, viral pandemic, most individuals share the same goal- keep themselves and their family safe and healthy. Proper nutrition is a vital component to staying healthy. A well-balanced diet helps you maintain optimal immune functioning and lowers your risk of chronic illness and infectious disease. Epidemiological studies find that those who are poorly nourished are at greater risk of bacterial, viral, and other infections.

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  4. gpavants says:

    Hi Garima,

    Eating at home is so much better. Is eating out a big thing in India as it is in America.

    Thanks,

    Gary

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    1. GS says:

      Yes Gary. Indians rank at number 10 among nationalities that like to eat out. The changing lifestyles of India’s growing middle class is pretty evident, not only from the point of view of increasing disposable incomes, but also from the way its attitudes towards eating out have evolved. The growing number of new restaurant ventures is ample proof of the immense potential of the F&B sector. In terms of market value, the restaurant industry in India was estimated at $61 billion in the year 2018-19. Changes in consumer behavior and the urge to eat out have led to a food evolution in India

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