One of the ways we’re able to feed our family of six on roughly $300-$400 a month is by “double-dipping” on our meals. The concept of double-dipping where meals are concerned is basically that you re-use what you’ve got left to make another meal.
When ham is on sale at the local grocery store, we’ll buy a big ol’ ham. A tip: Never ever pay full price. We either wait till it’s down to under a buck a pound or until they’re having a buy one, get one free sale (with ham, this usually happens around Easter or Christmas time). We do this with most meat (and other products) that we buy.
So, we buy our ham, cook it up for dinner one night, and then, with the leftovers we’ll:
-have ham sandwiches for lunch the next day
-make bean and ham soup to freeze for later
-make one or two casseroles to freeze for later.
So, for the cost of one meal, we’ve now got 4 or 5 meals. This can really be done with most meals, especially those that contain meat. Leftover meat loaf can turn into meatloaf sandwiches or cheeseburger soup. Leftover chicken can turn into a chicken and rice hotdish or chicken tacos. And by freezing some of the meals, we’ll have food available for those days when I don’t have time to cook, saving us even more money by avoiding those last-minute meals like delivery pizza.
By getting creative and refusing to let food go to waste, you can save hundreds of dollars a year on your grocery budget. For another great leftover idea, read a post from our cooking extraordinaire friend, Michelle, over at Rockin’ The Mom Role.
What are your favorite money-saving tips for feeding your family?