In these hard times we need to reevaluate what were spending our money to see if we can save money just to simply live. If you eat out a lot then you can make quick savings by making your own breakfast, lunch and dinners. I try and make a dinner for seven for under $ 15 which if you were to compare with the cost of restaurant meal you’d be looking between $ 10 and $ 20 for a single meal. That is an 86% saving on eating out at a restaurant. Multiply that saving for every time you’d eat out in a month and you can start to see some extra money being available for other important things.
Other benefits of home cooking are :
eliminating travel time to and from the restaurant
knowing exactly what went into produce the meal
Little or no preservatives, msg or other nasty chemicals
Food that will keep you and your family healthy
Saving money recipes is a phrase that describes the recipes I use. The recipes are cheap family meals, quick and easy to cook and nutritious and tasty.
An example of a meal that my family likes is homemade hamburgers.
The ingredients are:
mince meat (enough to make patties for how many hamburgers you want to make)
tin of pineapple rings
Tomato ketchup and bbq sauce
Take the mince put it in a bowl and mix in some beef stock and bbq flavoured sauce ( 2 Tablespoons)
Divide the mince up into the number of patties you want to make and mold them into the shape and cook in a frying pan with a Tablespoon of oil.
Break eggs into small frying pan and break yokes. After cooked divide into segments for the number of hamburgers you are making.
Slice the onion into rings and cook in another frying pan, or wait until patties are cooked and cook them in any left over juices from the patties.
Toast the buns both sides under a grill
slice the tomato and place patties and pineapple rings (if you like them) into the buns with onions egg segment and ketchup ( or BBQ sauce).
Serve with homemade chips for a healthy alternative to fast food from the shop. Check out how much you’d save on this meal for a family of 4 with the local cost of ingredients against the price of bought hamburgers and chips.
Michael Willoughby is a software developer with 7 (including himself) hungry mouths to feed. Over the years he has saved thousands of dollars by not eating out and regularly cooking the meals at home. Check out his squidoo lens Saving Money Recipes for more recipes and tips to save or go to http://www.squidoo.com/savingmoneyrecipes.