Today’s tip is one we’ve often heard but may not be popular with everyone. You can save when you eat one meatless meal a week. My husband, however, is a meat and potatoes fan. He would like to have meat at every meal. Of course, I want to please my hard working husband but I also want to keep our budget balanced. How do I reconcile those two? Simple.
I eat meatless meals when he is not home. If he’s coaching a basketball game, I’ll make myself a dish of pasta. If he’s working late at school, I’ll eat leftovers. I don’t mind eating meatless so I save by doing so myself.
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The premise is generally simple. The more meatless meals you eat, the more you can save. Yes, there may be exceptions to this rule if you buy lots of fancy ingredients, but most times, eating meatless will save you money. Not sure how your family feels about this? Pick the frequency that works for you. Maybe you will plan one meatless meal a week or maybe one a month. Every time you skip meat, you will be saving money, especially since the cost of meat continues to rise! This is one savings strategy that I am working towards.
If your family (or husband) prefers meat, start to develop meatless recipes that they like and work towards the goal of less meat at meals. For example, I can make a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich that my husband enjoys. How about serving breakfast for dinner, focusing on scrambled eggs or pancakes? With fall and winter upon us, it’s the perfect time for a hot bowl of potato soup. Instead of tacos, how about cooking veggie burritos or quesadillas? I’d love to hear other meatless meals that your family enjoys for ideas that I can try, too!
If this doesn’t work for you, try to stretch the meat that you currently use a bit further. It’s a good transition step to going meatless. Does the recipe call for 1.5 pounds of hamburger? Can you use 1 pound instead? Can you add some veggies to your chicken enchiladas and use a cup less shredded chicken? As with all our savings, do what you can to save!
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