Saving Money on Food When You Don’t Want to Cook
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Saving Money on Food When You Don’t Want to Cook

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 at 10:59 am
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downloadYes, we all know that cooking from scratch can save you a lot of money, but let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t have the time or just don’t want to cook. You know those days when you are just too exhausted to think, let alone whip up an elaborate meal.

Now that spring is coming, I find myself wanting to be outside more, which means dragging myself back inside to spend an hour creating dinner just isn’t appealing. Still, I don’t want to blow our budget on food.

Here are some of the ways that I cope and save money on food when I don’t want to cook.

Breakfast for dinner

Having breakfast for dinner is a great option on days that you don’t want to cook. Breakfast foods, such as pancakes or eggs can be cooked quickly and with not too much fuss. Plus, kids love the novelty of having breakfast for dinner.

Pasta to the rescue

Boil up some pasta, throw in some green vegetable, such as frozen broccoli or peas, add some jarred sauce, and you are all set. Quick and easy. Hard-core carnivores might want to keep some cooked and browned sausage or ground meat on hand in the freezer to include.

Make liberal use of convenience and prepared foods

Yes, convenience foods and frozen meals cost more than cooking from scratch, but they usually cost less than eating out, so you’ll still save by having a meal on hand. And, if you try some of the new slow cooker meals, you can start them in the morning and forget about them until you are ready to eat.

Get gourmet delivered

I recently discovered Home Bistro and quickly looked for deals and coupons. Home Bistro provides gourmet meals that can go from the freezer to the table in a matter of minutes. I don’t know how they do it, because my own freezer meals take forever to reheat.

Happy eating!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.