Inexpensive Convenient Foods
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Inexpensive Convenient Foods

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 8:44 am
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It is nice to be able to take the time to prepare a wonderful meal.  Not everyone is going to have the luxury of the amount of time that it takes to do that every day.  When you are in a rush, it is nice to be able to turn to some foods that are inexpensive and convenient to get you through the day.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It is unfortunate that it happens to occur at the exact time of day that when families are the busiest.  You are going to need some quick and easy foods for days when you are running late.

It takes seconds to grab a bowl, and pour some cereal and milk into it.  Toast will be ready in seconds.  You probably prefer freshly made waffles from a mix to the frozen ones, but they make a nice alternative when you are short on time.  One box of waffles, and one bottle of maple syrup, will be plenty.

Will you be packing lunches for your kids to bring to school?  Are you going to bring a lunch with you to work?  You are going to need foods that travel well, that don’t need to be heated up, and that are ready to eat.

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is quick to make, and the ingredients are inexpensive.   Buy a large package of grapes, and wash them.  Throw some into a small, plastic, container for lunches. The large package of baby carrots will cost less, per carrot, than the individual bags will be.  Fill a reusable water bottle with water, and lunch is served!

Everyone loves macaroni and cheese.  This is a favorite food of children, and is seen as a comfort food by many adults.  Use up the last of your milk, butter, and cheese, and use a box of store brand pasta.  It doesn’t take much time to prepare, and the ingredients are cheap.

Frozen pizzas take almost no prep time.  Heat up the oven, take the pizza out of the packaging, place it on a pizza pan, and watch the timer.  Pizza is another favorite food of children and teenagers.

When the weather gets warm, it is time to cook some hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill.  Use a coupon on the hot dogs and the buns.  Try this meal on a day when fresh ears of corn are on sale.  This is an inexpensive, convenient meal that would make a great family dinner, and is perfect for backyard parties!

Remeber that all of these ingredients are less expensive when you use a coupon so always check before you go shopping.  Happy couponing!

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