Meat is a staple in the grocery list of most, if not all, Australian households. For many, lunch or dinner will not be complete without meat as it is a main source of protein. But truth be told, it takes a relatively large portion of your shopping budget. And when you add all meat expenses, the total cost can be really high.
Of course, saving money on groceries is possible. Since meat can be expensive, you can set a day per week where meat is not the focus of your dishes. Ever heard of Meatless Monday?
How can Meatless Monday help you save money on food? Here are some tips to consider:
Plan out your meals
It really pays to know what you are going to cook for the next few days because this information will help you with your budget. Plus, knowing what you need to buy saves a lot of time.
Look for plant-based protein sources
People tend to rely on meat for their protein supply, but remember that there are other protein sources that are not only healthier but cheaper as well. If you have a dish that needs boneless chicken breast, you can buy tofu instead.
Go for beans, lentils, and chickpeas
Don’t underestimate their size. These may be small but they pack a punch in terms of nutrients, plus these make you feel full for a longer period of time. You can add beans to vegetable curry or soup for a hearty lunch or dinner.
Explore meal options
There are so many dishes that don’t have meat but still satisfy hungry kids and adults. Vegetables are obviously cheaper than meat, and if you make your veggies the star of the meal, you can get significant savings during grocery shopping trips. Dishes that you can try include sweet potato frittata, pesto pasta, vegetarian chilli, eggplant lasagna, and vegetable soup.
These are just some of the ways Meatless Mondays can help you save money on food. Aside from these tips, it is likewise important to let your family know about the Meatless Mondays. They may be used to having meat in their meals, and this change can be a letdown.
But if you explain to them why there’s no meat on Mondays, they will better appreciate it. Who knows? If they realise how eating meat-free dishes can help improve the family’s health and savings, they may ask for more meatless days!
Do you have other grocery shopping tips on how to save money on food? You can share your ideas in the comments section.