Small Ways To Save Big: Meal Preparation
Does it always feel like you are trying to be creative and come up with something to feed the family? Do you feel like you are always the one who has to come up with ideas on what to eat? Do you find yourself heading to the shop almost every day to buy extra ingredients for tonight’s dinner?
One way that you can simplify your life and also save funds is by setting aside a little extra time on the weekend while cooking to prepare some meals to be frozen and eaten during the coming days.
If you are already going to be making some chicken for dinner on Saturday, then why not keep the oven warm and cook chicken for two other meals during the coming week? At the same time, you may want to make a stew or something similar which can be split in two and enjoyed on two evenings in the coming week. The trick is often to just increase the size of a meal you are already making so that you can split it up into smaller portions for later. Before you know it you have not only made dinner for Saturday but also for 4 nights in the coming week.
Now all you have to do is stick them in the freezer and use them when needed.
Save Time & Money
Though you may have to do some warming up and add one or two small sides or extras during the week you will have done the brunt of the work all in one session. This will save you time later and also help keep costs down since you will be better able to plan ahead. It also makes maximum use of your already warm over or stove helping reduce electricity costs.
Mix these premade frozen meals with some fast and easy dinner ideas on other evenings [check out some ideas here] and you can take the fuss out of dinner time entirely and help save money along the way.