If you have a large family you know one thing for sure – it is expensive! Just feeding your brood can equal the GNP of a small nation! There are ways, however, to feed a large family on a budget. Here are some great tips that will keep your family, and your savings account, healthy!
Buy In Bulk
If you don’t belong to a discount club that sells in bulk then you need to get on that! It’s a great way to buy healthy eats on a budget. This way, you can plan your meals ahead and buy all the ingredients you need to prepare wholesome meals with fresh ingredients. Plus, buying in bulk cuts way down on cost, so your pocketbook will be happy too! Pro tip: if you don’t have a deep freezer you should think of getting one, they’re a great investment when you buy in bulk.
Not the store, because that place will probably break your budget. What is meant here is using whole foods instead of highly processed foods. It’s a myth that it costs more to eat fresh. If you shop right and do your meal planning ahead of time you can cook something like 48 servings of a spaghetti sauce for the fraction of what it would cost already made in the store. Plus, you’re making it from scratch so you know what goes into it!
If you’re buying in bulk then be prepared to cook in bulk and then freeze all of those leftovers. There are a lot of meals out there that are freezer friendly that you can eat off of, and then throw in the freezer to enjoy another night! Plus, having freezer meals takes the pressure off of making something for dinner every night.
You need to face the cold, hard facts here: meat is expensive. You will need to look for sales, but to keep your budget robust you should consider incorporating some vegetarian meals in to your meal plan. They’re good for you and you can experiment with more budget friendly sources of protein like quinoa and beans.
Canned fish is great for you and it’s super easy to add to casseroles and far less expensive than frozen or fresh fish. Plus if you work in some tuna or salmon you and your family get a big dose of omega-3 fatty acids!
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