13 Tips for Creating Low Cost Family Meals
October 11, 2013
Our family reverted to a single income at the end of June when my work contract ended. Since then I have been looking at ways to reduce our costs in all areas of the household budget. The list below outline the things that have made a difference in our home that I hope will help you also.
To my surprise, I have found that rather than being a hardship, I have found each change to have been a I have been a satisfying experience.
1. This is obviously my number one tip – Grow your own herbs and salad greens.
3. Buy on sale. If an item you use often (pantry staple or something you can freeze) is on sale – buy it
4. Buy in bulk – grains, rice and flours
5. Use small quantities of strong flavored ingredients in main meals. Ingredients from the pantry can be combined for a satisfying meal
7. Have at least one meat free meal per week and/or increase the percentage of vegetables in each meal
Find some recipe inspiration on my Recipe List page under the heading Vegetarian. Mr Fresh took a couple of weeks to get into the swing of not having meat on the plate but he is now unconcerned when it is a meat-free day. If you have not met him I can not begin to tell you that this is a BIG deal!
8. Experiment with cheaper cuts of meat
Buy cheaper cuts and cook them for longer on a low heat, or with your slow cooker
9. Purchase grass fed and free range meat from a local farmer.
10. Make your own meals from scratch
Some of the things we make from scratch on a regular basis include:
12. Visit nearby farms where you can pick your own produce.
Do you have any other tips that you can share? I would love to hear them.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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