close-up of a piece of grilled meat served with vegetables and fries

Unless you’re royalty or have a lot of money, you’re probably not eating steak three nights a week for dinner. There are many ways to save money around your household, but food is one of the biggest ways that you can save money. You can feed your entire family healthy, delicious food for a very affordable price, if you take into consider these factors:

1. Limit your eating out. Eating out is extremely expensive, especially if you are feeding an entire family. Limit the number of times you eat out per month, and set a monthly limit on how much you’re allowed to spend on eating out. Cooking at home will save you a substantial amount of money.

2. Plan your meals. It’s tough to decide what to make for dinner at the spur of the moment, and even tougher to cook when you don’t have the correct ingredients at home! If you plan out your meals for the week at the beginning of the week, you’ll not only save yourself the stress of deciding what to cook, you’ll also save yourself trips to the store. Plan meals that use common ingredients, that way you don’t have to buy so much at the store.

3. Make simple meals. Along with planning meals that use common ingredients, you can also save money by cooking meals with few ingredients. If you’ve ever watched Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible” you’ll see that Chef Robert Irvine cooks with very few ingredients, yet he is one of the most famous Chef’s in America. Delicious food does not have to be complicated!

4. Make meals in large quantities. It’s always cheaper to make food in large quantities, and have leftovers. Left overs can give you an extra 2 to 3 meals a week. Just make sure that you eat your leftovers BEFORE making another meal.

5. Freeze uneaten food. Some food is freezable. For example, if you make a large roast and only eat half of it, put the other half in the freezer. It will stay good for a couple months, and you can easily pull it out at any time, warm it up, and have a meal prepared in minutes.

6. Buy frequently eaten food in bulk. If there is food or drinks that are consumed on a daily basis by your family, make sure to buy those items when they go on sale in a large quantity. You’ll spend more money at the time, but you can save big down the road.

7. Wash and cut up your own produce. Produce is expensive, and many people are too lazy to cut up their own produce, so they buy the pre-cut packaged produce. This typically costs 2 to 3 times as much as if you buy whole produce and cut it up yourself. It doesn’t take much time to cut it up at all, so don’t resort to laziness!

If you have any methods that you use to save money on food, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or email us at craig@advancedpropmanagement.com.