Ramen noodles and fast food dollar menus aren’t the only way to slash your food budget. Although recent months have seen food prices continue to rise despite falling gas prices, a variety of meals can still be prepared at home for $1.25 per serving.
Cooking on a tight budget starts with an understanding of which ingredients are most economical as well as how to get the most savings on higher-priced items.
Check out these quick tips for significant grocery savings:
- Prepare meals around which items are on sale that week at your grocery store. Stock up on meat when prices are low and freeze it for later.
- Buy seasonal produce. Summer vegetables can cost you several times more in the winter, and they don’t taste nearly as good.
- Don’t let anything go to waste. Soups are both economical and a smart way to used up leftover vegetables and meat scraps.
- Avoid items marked up for convenience, like pre-cut vegetables, individually packaged meats, and bottled salad dressings.
- Shop in the bulk bins. You’re not paying for packaging, and dried beans cost significantly less than canned.
Here are enough meals to feed you breakfast, lunch and dinner for a month, all at around $1.25 per serving.