What I love about making it at home is you can measure it out and freeze it. When a recipe calls for a cup, you simply run to the freezer and it's already measured for you.
2. Crock pots and Slow Cookers
Oh they're the same thing. It's like tom-A-to and tom-ah-to...eh? Anyways. These little gadgets are great for saving not only time, but money. Now, you're not going to get your electric bill and do a whole Popeye the Sailor Man type "WOW-ZA!", but you will however trim off a little here and there. You will also be able to purchase cheaper cuts of meat that otherwise would be too tough cooked in a more conventional style...say in the oven. Awh...the goodness of the crock pot. Have you met mine?
3. Bean Base Meals
4. Look past the Obvious!
Example: I bought a big beef roast this week on sale. BIG! BIG! I put it in slow cooker (uh-huh...Sharon!) covered it halfway with water and cooked low and slow for 8 hours. When it was finished, I separated it into meal portions for use later in the week or month. Some meals I plan to create with it are BBQ Beef sandwiches, Beef Enchiladas, Beef and Noodles, Open Faced Beef Sandwiches, and simple Beef and Veggies. (I will post recipes for these soon). All of these options are quick and easy. The bulk of your meal is already prepared.
Savings can be a dreadful thing to start thinking about. After attending a class this past week, I quickly learned that there are families as small as 2-3 people that are spending as much as $1,400 a month on food and groceries. That's extreme. There are always ways to cut back. I hope some of the ideas I've shared with you can help you on your raod to savings and easier hours in the kitchen. Good luck!
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