Grocery budgeting is challenging.
First, you’re figuring out how much you already spend on food. Then you look at how much you should spend on food. Then you have to stick to what your budget says to spend on food.
My head is already spinning.
Learning how to make a frugal grocery budget sounds daunting, but when you break it down into simple steps it becomes achievable.
One simple step is to follow these tips on making meat more affordable:
- View meat differently – Let meat be a side dish rather than the main course. The meat you cook can complement the meal instead of star in the show.
- Eat meat less often – Plan for dishes that don’t use meat as your protein source. Slow cooker beans are a great way to have quality protein ready to add to any meal.
- Know a good price – Utilize a price book to know the cost of meat at your local stores and markets. Finding a good price might also mean buying in bulk from a local farmer.
- Buy quality over quantity – Go for lesser amounts of quality meat, like grass-fed beef or organic chicken, instead of large amounts of cheap meat. Again, buying from a local farmer can help a lot with the cost of quality meat.
- Change how you cook and serve meat – Shredded chicken and diced beef goes much further than whole breasts or steaks. Set aside portions reserved for other meals before the family digs in for dinner.
Whole Food Recipes: February 2013
A note on whole food recipes:
- This meal plan is designed to feed a family of four for $350 a month. Prices may vary per region and with family adaptations
- Many of these meals use a cook-once-eat-twice mentality, using portions from one meal to make another. Keep that in mind if you swap out any of the recipes.
Whole Food Recipes: Week 1
(S) Whole Roasted Chicken with Pan Seared Broccoli and Carrots and Artisan Bread
(M) Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches on Artisan Bread
(T) Hearty Spaghetti
(W) Vegetable Fried Rice
(T) Hearty Minestrone Soup
(F) Homemade Pizza
(S) Greek Pitas with Shredded Chicken
Whole Food Recipes: Week 2
Whole Food Recipes: Week 3
Whole Food Recipes: Week 4
(S) Cheesy-Mexi Lentil Macaroni
(M) Grilled Chicken Breasts
(T) Chicken Spinach/Kale Pasta Toss
(W) DIY Salads with Man Bread
(T) Tomato Basil Soup with Jalapeño Focaccia
(F) Homemade Pizza
(S) Grilled Vegetable Paninis with Tomato Basil Soup
Look up the meal plan archives for more free whole food recipes and tips to saving money on real food.