For most people, food is a major monthly expense. Some days are just so hectic, it seems easier to grab something on the way home or go out for dinner.
Even if you decide to make something at home, you’re sometimes exhausted and stress so frozen boxed meals or having pizza delivered seems like an easy solution.
Becoming a Frugal Foodie
The good news is that you can enjoy fantastic meals in less time than it takes to eat out.
If you’re ready to eat well without having to become a chef or spend your whole paycheck, here are five crucial keys you need to implement:
Know Your Priorities
Sounds simple, but you really need to think about how you define a fantastic meal.
Some people are looking for a fancy five-course meal every night. If that’s you, fine. Others might want something that’s delicious, healthy, and easy to make. This challenge is the latter.
Have a Budget
You’ll more than likely save some serious cash with this Frugal Foodie Challenge, but you still have to spend money.
With a budget, you’ll have an easier time deciding where to splurge and where to save. I’ll share ways you can save on key ingredients and staples so you can spend a little extra on a few of your favorite things.
Eating well and having fun can go together.
Master Fundamental Dishes & Flavors
No, I’m not saying you have fill your home with a ton of cookbooks or slave away in the kitchen for hours.
Instead, I want you to just pick four basic dishes, learn how to make it and 20 minutes, and see how a few variations of spices and flavors can make it entirely new.
I’ll also share four easy sides you can throw in and use while your main dish is cooking. Again, I want the whole meal ready in about 20 minutes.
This will be a huge help for those nights when you’re just exhausted and don’t have the energy to make a big meal.
Meal Plan Like a Champ
Meal planning, as the name suggests, is about having a menu prepared for future meals. That’s it.
It’s so versatile – you two can adjust based on your budget, dietary needs, schedule, and personality.Some people can whip it up a month ahead (you’re awesome!), but for us, we’re looking in bite size, weekly chunks.
Again, I know time is valuable, so I’ll show you how to do it in about 20 minutes.
Meal planning is crucial because you can save a tremendous amount of money and time by having a game plan. Less temptation to spend more and you’re more likely to stick with your healthy eating habits.
Embrace the Fun
As you gain more confidence, you’ll start seeing how you can adjust and make meals more enjoyable for your taste. Maybe you’ll be out and have a dish that you absolutely love, but don’t want to have to eat out every time to get it. Go try it at home!
Thoughts on Becoming a Frugal Foodie
I’d love to hear from you. Have you always been a frugal foodie?