Grocery bills can be huge over the holidays, as we stock up on treats and comfort foods, as well as special dishes for entertaining in our homes or bringing to potluck meals. This week I'll focus on ideas for food savings. Today is the first post in this series.
Before we begin to tackle the savings on foods for special meals and favourite backed goods, you can go a long ways to freeing up money in your budget by eating more simply on the days in between all the parties and celebrations. And if you plan it right, you can free up some of your time and perhaps help out your waistline too! Here are some steps to help:
- Plan simple, inexpensive meals when it's just the family. Casseroles, spaghetti, chili, and homemade soups are warming and hearty, but can be light on the pocketbook.
- Search your freezer. This is a good time to go through your freezer and find hidden treasures that have been there for awhile. Cook the roast you'd forgotten about and then enjoy leftovers for sandwiches. Make a quick dinner one night after Christmas shopping out of the frozen pizzas that have been in there for months. Food you already have in your cupboards is free, so eat up what's been sitting there for a while.
- Have breakfast for supper. Pancakes, French toast, or scrambled eggs make for a fun family dinner that is easy on the pocketbook and can be made quickly in between all the various commitments of the holiday season.
- Try one meatless meal each week. Meat is one of the more costly parts of a meal. sp try skipping it for dinner one night, and then you can spend a few extra dollars on a nicer cut of meat when the in-laws are coming over for dinner.