How to Plan Meals Economically
By Tracy Barr
Whether you’re feeding yourself or a family, mealtimes present a challenge when you want to be economical without sacrificing your favorites. You want tasty meals that everyone will enjoy and that won’t send your budget into cardiac
; Find a breakfast you and your wallet will love. Make homemade versions of frequently purchased breakfast
items, such as frozen waffles or instant oatmeal.
Also, use leftovers: Cold pizza makes a nice breakfast. So does a cheese enchilada or some vegetarian
lasagna from dinner the night before.
; Brown-bag it in style for lunch. Bringing homemade lunch items with you to work or school is a surefire way to
save money every day during the week. Keep these tips in mind:
; Be creative with your menu. Vary your menu from day to day to keep your palate happy.
; Spice it up. Add fresh herbs or fancier condiments (horseradish for that roast beef sandwich).
; Go for the extraordinary. Instead of run-of-the-mill cheese cubes, pack a variety of cheeses with a couple
slices of shaved ham, a few olives, some fruit, and crackers.
Save on scrumptious dinners. Here are a few ideas to help you save money and still end up with a great
; Serve breakfast for dinner. Bacon and eggs may be a fairly expensive breakfast to serve the family, but it’s
a very cheap meal compared to most dinner menus.
; Focus on the sides. Make dinner a small serving of chicken with a large tossed salad and a generous
serving of steamed vegetables or rice.
; Serve salad. A chef salad, for example, includes a little meat and a lot of vegetables.