In a time where families are struggling to make ends meet, Americans around the country are facing a lot of financial uncertainty. With rising prices on everything from housing and healthcare to electricity and food, many of us just can’t catch a break.cooking

When it comes to feeding the family, or even yourself, one of the easiest temptations that we face is eating out. Between the convenience, the dozens of options, the taste, the seemingly cheap value meals, and the lack of the cleaning up after, the temptation to eat out is all too real. And sometimes, having food cooked for you just feels so much better than cooking for yourself!

Despite all the tempting reasons to give in, you can save soooo much money by grocery shopping instead. And you know what they say, a penny saved is a penny earned! Here are a few tips that can get you motivated to hit the supermarket and stretch your budget, while also keeping healthier habits:

  1. Plan ahead. This very well could be the most important step when it comes to feeding your family. Take a look around the pantry and in the fridge to avoid buying more of what you already have, make a meal plan for the week, and double recipes for delicious leftovers. When you already know what’s for dinner, you’ll stop going to the drive through the avoid having to come up with something last minute.
  2. Eat in and keep it simple. You also don’t need to be an expert chef to make tasty and healthy dinners. Simple dishes like pasta and veggies are easy to make and don’t take that long! If you need a few ideas, try one of our favorite recipes below!
    Scalloped Potatoes
    Brussel Sprouts
    Slow-Cooked Green Beans
    White Chocolate Snack Mix
    Make-Ahead French Toast Casserole with Strawberry Sauce
    No-Bake Peanut Butter Corn Flake Cookies
  3. Grow your own food. A common myth about home gardening is that you need a large space. In reality, all you need is a windowsill with good lighting! Even small plants can save some hard-earned money on veggies at the grocery store and it’s much more exciting to each a BLT with ingredients that you’ve grown yourself! Check out how you can start growing food at home here.

These are just a couple easy ways to break your eating-out habits, stretch your grocery budget, and cook healthy, delicious meals. To learn more ways to dine on a dime, be sure to check back at our blog every Tuesday!