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December 20th, 2011
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4 Weeks to a Lower Grocery Bill – Weeky 4: Go Meatless for a Night

We are on the last week of our 4 weeks to a lower grocery budget. If you are just now joining us, make sure you quickly read all the previous posts here.

This week we are talking about going meatless!

I don’t mean take meat out of your diet all together… my husband just might leave me if I did that. ;) I mean, take one dinner a week and have a meatless night. Your kids won’t be starving, I promise. There are several great ways to feed your family without having meat. Here are just a few ideas to help get your thinking cap on:

  • Have Breakfast for dinner (We have breakfast for dinner almost once a week, usually Sunday’s because we have a big lunch with family)
    • Eggs and Toast and fruit -It is frugal but very filling! We just made omlets last night and then kids loved it. We made homemade cinnamon rolls and then smoothies. I fed my entire family for just around $2.
    • Pancakes, french toast, or waffles are very frugal. If you are making your own pancake mix, then this is even cheaper to feed your family a fun dinner.
  • Beans and Rice – You can really jazz up some beans and rice. Toss the beans in the crcokpot with some yummy spices and let it sit all day. Then stir in the rice. You will be amazed at how easy and delicious it can be.
    • Get Creative! You can have give your beans an italian flavor, or a tex-mex flavor. You dont’ have to have boring old rice and beans for dinner.
  • Burritos – This is another easy way to feed your family for less! If you place all the incredients on the table and let the kids make their own burritos, they may like it even more!
  • Homemade pizza -Making your own pizza can be much more frugal than frozen or eating out.
  • Make Soup – You can make almost any soup and omit the meat. Just add in more beans if needed and you will still have a flavorful soup.

The idea, is to get creative one night a week, while saving money at the same time. You just might surprise yourself and you may even enjoy your meatless evening.

Let’s put this into action:

This week, I want you to write down 6 to 8 meatless meals that you think your family would enjoy! Do some searching on the internet and find 6 to 8. Write those down and keep it in a safe place, so each week when you menu plan, you will use one of those meals. Just roate through those meals. This will keep you from eating the same thing over and over and over.

Are you too scared to go meatless?

If going meatless is to scary for you, then you can still save money. Instead of taking out meat all together one night, then take half the meat out in two nights a week.

For example, let’s say you are going to have  tacos on Monday and then Chicken tortilla soup on Tuesday. On Monday, cook half as much meat, but add in beans. Season just like your normally would and your family will never miss that extra meat. On Tuesday, when you make your Chicken Tortilla soup, only use half as much chicken breasts but add more beans. Again, your family probably will never notice.

Your family doesn’t have to go hungry to save money, but by being creative you will see a difference in your grocery bill. This is a very simple way to save money.

I hope you have enjoyed these 4 weeks. The new year is just around the corner, so hopefully you will included some of these tips for a better  2012!

Now… what are your ideas for a great meatless dinner? Leave a comment and let us know so we can share all our ideas.

Are you behind on reading this series? Don’t worry! You can still get caught up, because I have them all listed here. Join us on this short 4 week adventure on lowering our grocery bill!

 

 

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