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Eating Better for Less

by Nikki Willhite

We are always looking for ways to save money on food. We clip coupons, brown bag our lunches, and sometimes have to resort to beans and rice. 

There are many ways to make food taste better without spending a lot of money. Here are a few of them:

Soup

Serve soup as part of your dinner. Soup is filling, so you can cut down on the portions of the rest of the meal.

Pasta

Eat less meat. Get creative with pasta. Try some new recipes. Pasta isn't just spaghetti and mac-and-cheese.

Meat

When you do eat meat, buy less expensive cuts, and tenderize them by cooking them slowly all day in the slow cooker.

Hamburgers

Take your hamburger up a notch with new spices and flavorings.

Chicken

Eat more chicken. Try roasting a whole chicken and serve it like turkey. Cube the leftover meat for soups and casseroles.

Eggs

Serve eggs for dinner once a week. You can make omelets, serve them scrambled, or make egg casseroles.

Vegetables

Add more vegetables to your diet. Find a Farmer's market in your area, and serve at least two colorful vegetables with each meal.

Ethnic Food

Try a few new ethnic recipes. Check out Asian and other ethnic stores. They sell many items at lower prices than you will find in your typical grocery store

Bread and Rolls

Make your own bread and rolls. Hot rolls from the oven are always a hit at dinner, and fill you up quickly.

Presentation

Use color psychology to make food more appealing. See: Making Food More Appetizing

Substitutions

Make substitutions in your recipes for more economical ingredients. See Economical Food Substitutions for frugal food substitutions that make recipes less costly without affecting the flavor of the food.

Bulk Shopping

Buy in bulk. If you buy food at Costco, it will probably be fresher and it will cost less then the grocery store. Take a friend or two, and divide it up if you don't have the room in your home to store food or if you don't have a freezer.

Even if you are not trying to save money on your food bill, the above ideas are all health conscious and will improve your family meal time.

Food is one of life's pleasures. Make mealtime special.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 


 

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