Did you know that asserting to make your family eat home-cooked meals rather than dining in a fancy restaurant will definitely save you a lot of money?

However, we may hate it or not, there will be times when we’re forced to buy take out’s mainly when we have a hectic schedule.

Here are 5 doable suggestions to make eating at home manageable and more comfortable while saving more money at the same time:

Review your savings.

Take a small amount of your time and review the monthly budget you’re supposed to stick with. Assess how much money you’ve spent on eating at fancy restaurants in the last few months.

Seeing your growing expenses should encourage you to cut off your unwanted expenditures and consider saving the cash instead.

2. Make a plan.

Before the week starts, I suggest that you make a meal plan for the rest of the week. I guarantee that it makes a significant difference not only in achieving success in eating home-cooked meals but also with cutting down your expenses as well. When you have a meal plan at hand, it’ll be easier to manage the rest of the week.

A meal plan makes it hard to order pizza when you have recipes and groceries to cook for the night. Further, this allows you to serve healthy and contamination-free meals. Living with a healthy diet lets, you save the costs of medical bills.

3. Keep it basic.

One of the significant pitfalls most people do is when they plan for the whole week meal with recipes that are too time-consuming and requires extensive labour. Choose the easy-to-cook recipes if you are the type of person who’s always busy and don’t have enough spare time.

Even if you still want to make it fancy, you should consider the fact that there are some evenings that you’re undeniably exhausted. Preparing for time-consuming meals is tough. However, if you have spare time to do it, then why not?

4. Utilise your freezer.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but there are instances that time flies so fast, you don’t even realise that’s already dinner. Then, I would be tempted to order my favourite food from a fast food restaurant. Fortunately, freezer-cooking meals save the typical 5 pm “What’s-our-Dinner” panic. All you have to do is to consistently cook ahead for once or twice a week. In that way, whenever you’re out of time, you can just grab some frozen meals out and then throw it in the microwave! Hooray! You’re saved!

Here are few of my freezer cooking recipes you might want to try and add on your meal plan:

  • Put together Brown Bag Burritos.
  • Chocolate Chip Pancake Batter.
  • Green Rice Casserole.
  • Freeze Chicken.
  • Double Chocolate Brownies.
  • Granola
  • Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

5. Give your Family grace.

I want to stress this out, that although you are cutting off expenses and saving for bigger purchase in many ways you can, once in a while, you have to give them prize and grace.

If there is something that you can squeeze into your budget, take your family out! They deserve it, too! Especially, if this is something that your family is craving for and enjoys. Breaking the rules for once, won’t hurt that much, and it’s fun to have a good break from stress.

You don’t have to feel guilty about it when your family had a good time and enjoys the meal outside. It’s up to you if how often you’ll do this. Just keep in mind that you still have to stick to your meal plan. Figure out what works best for your family, then you’re good to go!