Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Saving Money Series - 20 Meals From Costco For $150
For 2015, I thought I'd share some of my tried and true ideas for saving money. One of my favourite ways to save is to make a menu plan every week. Making a plan means that I am prepared, I have what I need and am not frantic at 4:45pm each afternoon wondering "What in the world are we going to have for supper?". I'm not tempted to call for pizza delivery or run down to the Mexican restaurant to grab a take-out order. Not that we never eat out, but in trying to pay off debt and be wise about where our money goes, a menu plan is one of the best ways I have found to save money. I can check my freezer and pantry for what I already have available and then see what is on sale at the stores where I typically shop to find deals. I especially like to use coupons on items which are already on sale, for even bigger savings. More on using coupons another time. Meal planning can sometimes seem like a daunting task. What to make, especially if there are special food needs, can be time-consuming. You can check out my meal plan ideas here.
Another wonderful resource I discovered several years ago is $5 Dinners. Check out what Erin has to offer right now (the plans are already made for you - how great is that!?!):
Costco friends, check out these 20 meals for $150! Gluten free, as well as Whole30 and Paleo modifications to each recipe, have been included. The aspect I especially love about this plan is that Erin has broken down the recipes into meat categories, so we can take advantage of sales on meats and plan accordingly. Great money saver!
Or, if you're like me and not a Costco member, there is another option:
Erin also has a fun contest going on, so don't forget to enter!
Do you have any helpful hints for meal planning? Feel free to share in the comments.
Blessings and love.xo
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