How to Eat Healthier and Cut Your Grocery Bill
Whether you live alone, with a partner, or with a family every night poses the anxiety-ridden question: What’s for dinner? More often than we would like to admit, hectic schedules and fatigue get in the way of meal planning, and we often end up scrounging for costly, convenient, and highly caloric options at the last minute. Len Penzo, a write for Time, offers a three-pronged solution to both make your dinner diet healthier and to slash your grocery costs. Read on and start living lighter.
Do like Penzo and sit down once every 14 days to make a two-week menu and figure out the groceries needed for each dish. Then strategize about when you will go grocery shopping over the course of the two weeks. Giving yourself an hour every two weeks to plan out your meals will save you both time and money in the long run. If you want to be extra cost-effective, plan your meals around coupons or seasonal ingredients that are on sale.
Don’t try to shop for a week’s worth of produce in one go. It won’t last, and you will end up wasting money and time. But do keep your pantry and freezer stocked with easy-to-prepare entrées and side dishes. We recommend keeping frozen veggies, chicken broth, rice, beans, and a frozen Trader Joe’s meal just in case you get left in a pinch.
After calculating his family’s food costs, Penzo realized that it is six times more expansive to dine out with his family than it is to cook and eat at home. For every off-day Penzo takes his family out for dinner instead of cooking, he also adds a leftover day. That way the costs balance each other out. Of course it’s always easy to swap nights around based on schedule changes, but having a well-thought-out plan can mean the difference between five pounds and a thousand dollars or maintaining a healthy figure and having extra spending money.
To read more money and time-saving tips on groceries, visit Time.
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