Planning your meals for an entire week can help you in saving money on food. It may sound challenging but once you get used to it, you’ll be happy with the time and cash you save. Here are some tips on how to save money on food:
Money Saving Tip:
Save money on groceries by picking whole packs of fresh fruits instead of pre-cut/pre-packed fruits and veggies.
1. Make a list
Start your meal prep by making a list of your favourite recipes. Use your list as a guide to your grocery shopping. If you’ve just started with meal preparation, you can make two meals a week and gradually increase your recipes each week until you get the hang of it.
2. Make meals in bulk
Who wants to cook five times a day? To lessen the time spent in the kitchen, why not cook in bulk? You can start by cooking more than the usual amount of food for dinner and save half of it for your lunch the next day.
3. Fill the fridge with choices
Store food in your fridge and freeze it for later use. Make dinner, lunch in advance. You can also store leftovers and just reheat them when needed.
4. Cooking day
Dedicate a day for cooking your dishes ahead of time. If you’re working, cook your meals for the week on a Saturday or Sunday.
5. The snacks
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks on your weekly grocery shopping trip. Save money on groceries by picking whole packs of fresh fruits instead of pre-cut/pre-packed fruits and veggies.
6. Use jars
Have a pile of jars at home? You can use them to store and divide your dry snacks such as nuts and crackers for the whole week.
7. Chop it all up
Chop all of your vegetables at once, store them in a jar or container, and put them in the fridge. It’ll save you some time in preparing food for the rest of the week.
8. The leftovers
Don’t just throw them away. Be creative and turn your leftovers into new dishes.
9. Sunday dinner
Another meal prep hack other people usually do is cooking extra amount of food and saving the leftovers as meals for the next few days.
10. Eggs, eggs, and eggs
You can boil several eggs at once and use them in a variety of meals for the entire week.
11. Freeze them up
Pre-cut your ingredients, put them in a ziplock bag, and freeze them.
12. Rock the oats
Overnight oats are getting more and more popular for busy people. Be creative in making your overnight oats. You can add fruits and nuts for extra flavor.
Got other tips for saving money on meal preparation and grocery shopping? Share your ideas in the comments section.