It can be convenient to eat out, order pizza, or buy already prepared items from the grocery store or your favorite local restaurant. However, those costs can add up, especially if you need to include a tip or delivery charge in the total. Make cooking and eating at home a priority. Not only is it a healthy idea for your body, but for your budget as well. You can save money by cooking at home with fresh food.
Put together a pizza and salad for half the price you would pay to order from your local chain. If you have a fridge stocked with lettuce and veggies, you can make salads for dinner all week for less than $10 total. Get some fresh pizza dough from the refrigerated section of your grocery store, and buy a small jar of pizza sauce. Add shredded mozzarella cheese and your favorite toppings, and you have made a meal that is healthier and cheaper than what you would pay to have it delivered.
Copy your favorite restaurant meals in your own kitchen. Buy your meats in bulk when they are on sale and keep them in your freezer. Get boxes of rice and pasta to have on hand so you can quickly grab one to fix an inexpensive and convenient meal. Avoid the takeout. You can put together an easy Asian meal for a fraction of the price of your favorite Chinese restaurant. Stir-fry some beef, chicken, pork or fish in a wok or frying pan, and add fresh or frozen veggies. Once it has cooked, toss it with rice or noodles, and season it with soy or teriyaki sauce.
Shop for the staples at your favorite warehouse supercenter such as Sam’s Club or Walmart. Pick up your fresh veggies, cheeses and dairy items as you need them, and you will never have a problem putting together a quick and inexpensive meal. Your body and your budget will thank you.