In today’s economy, everyone is trying to save a buck. Eating well doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune. In fact, if you follow a few of these tips, you’ll find that frugal eating can be very healthy for you.
First of all, you don’t have to eat meat at every meal. Try using beans and lentils in your main dish. Recipes made with beans work well in crockpots which means that you can make larger volumes of bean dishes at a time which usually translates more frugal eating. If you do use meat for a dish, add some lentils to the dish to add volume and healthy protein at the same time.
Secondly, breads are very expensive and baking bread doesn’t have to be difficult if you plan it out. Establish a sour dough yeast starter to use over and over and buy your flour in bulk. Use a bread maker to save time and your house will be filled with wonderful smells. The money you will save in the bread aisle will be substantial.
Buy fruits and vegetables in season to get the best price possible. As the queen of frugal eating techniques, this is my favorite. At the height of the season, you can get fantastic prices for corn on the cob, apples, and peppers. I buy in bulk and cook some and freeze the rest.
The key to getting your family to moving away from the more expensive processed foods is to make the natural products more delicious with the use of herbs and spices. I have been using cumin, cilantro, and curry in more dishes over time and our mouths water when dinner time comes. Finding healthy ways to reduce dinner costs can be challenging but lots of fun if you take the time.