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How Saving Money Can Transform Your Life

 

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Make your path intentional

How Efficient Is Your Life?

I mean in terms of how you use food, electricity, water, clothing, and all the other necessary resources for living in the modern world. It’s so easy to be sloppy in these areas because life is busy and we all get distracted moving a mile a minute.  If you’re like me, you have clothing hanging in your closet with the tags still on. 

18 Smart Ways To Save Money On Groceries

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This week, I’m starting a series on meal planning and how I save money on groceries.  I thought it would be helpful to provide some tips on how to do this. Really being strategic about planning out a weekly menu, shopping with a list and managing leftovers can seriously save money on groceries.  When you consider that the big 3 household expenditures are housing, transportation and food, learning how to better manage your kitchen is a great money saving opportunity.  Of course, it’s not all about money.  Just think of how much healthier food you prepare at home can be for your family.  For much less than going out to eat, you can put whole, nutritious foods on your table that will be a benefit to everyone.

Our Weekly Meal Plan

 

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This is part one of an ongoing series of our weekly meal plan and grocery shopping trip.  Each week, I’ll provide you with a daily meal plan and grand total spent.

Of Food Budgets And Success

I feel really good about our meal plan this week.  As the picture shows, shopping frugally doesn’t mean going without or eating Ramen and Spaghetti O’s.  Rather, I’ve found great deals on nutritious whole foods for the week. I was able to pick up a few extra items for later that were marked down without going over the budget.  How exciting!

Veggie Hummus Wraps: Smart Ways To Transform Leftovers

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 The  Leftovers Dilemma

Using all your food is the most budget friendly option, but coming up with creative ideas for how to do that can be challenging.  I don’t think anyone likes eating the same thing for days; I certainly don’t.  One way to avoid this is to freeze individual portions for later meals.  Another way is to recreate your leftovers into something tasty and appealing you can eat right away. That’s exactly what I did to transform our hummus and veggies into a satisfying veggie hummus wrap.

Save Time And Money With Crockpot Cooking

Meatless Meals Save Money

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

Adding a few vegetarian dinners into your weekly meal plan is a great way to reduce food costs.  I’ve found many delicious meatless options that are healthy and cheap.  Bonus – they are excellent to eat the next day for lunch.  Today, I’m making vegetarian burrito bowls and, with a little planning ahead, they are so easy to make. Crockpot, you are my favorite kitchen appliance! I use this little one, a real bargain at $9.  It’s much more energy-efficient than my gas range and I don’t have to babysit the pot!