FROM MARIE CLAIRE: Find out how you can save serious cash the next time your stomach starts grumbling.
1. Replace meat with an extra serving of greens to save some green — go vegetarian for a few meals every week. Stock up on your favorite veggies, and experiment with different recipes and seasonings.
2. A slow cooker can be the most useful kitchen tool for those short on money and time. Throw in ingredients in the morning, and by the time you come home for dinner, you’ll have meal ready to eat plus extra portions to freeze for days you don’t feel like cooking and can’t afford to eat out.
3. Order an appetizer as your main course when you go out to eat. The portion will still likely be more than enough to satisfy, and once you get in the habit, the calories and cash you’ll save will really add up.
4. Buy in bulk — but choose carefully so you don’t up throwing away money. Sales are a great time to stock up on basics like pasta and cereal, but rein in the impulse to buy ten cartons of yogurt just because they’re buy-one-get-one-free.
5. Go out for lunch instead of dinner once in a while. Lunch special prices are cheaper than dinner prices, so meet up with your guy for a midday catch-up, or call your friends for a late lunch on the weekend instead of meeting for dinner. READ THE REST HERE!