Dinner time can be one of the most daunting times of the day! You’re exhausted, you’re kids are HANGRY and it seems like everyone in the house including you are on the verge of total meltdown.
There are a few ways you can save dinner time without running through the drive-thru!
1 Meal Planning
Meal planning will help you be prepared for your busy week. Planning your meals in advance will help you save money. Just by creating a plan and grocery list before you head out to the grocery store, you will be less likely to spend extra money on food that you buy randomly. You’ll also be able to save money throughout the week because you will have meals planned instead of running to the drive thru.
Meal planning will save you mental energy when it’s time for dinner. Instead of staring at an empty pot you will be able to grab what you need and get dinner going. Find out more ways to save money on groceries without using coupons!
Walking into your home at the end of a stressful day with the aroma of a roast and vegetables in the air is even sweeter when you realize dinner is finished! Having dinner already prepared when the “Hangry hour” hits will help you be a superhero mom. There are great crockpot meal plans here that will help you come up with a good rotation of dinners your family will love.
3 Freezer Meals
Freezer meals are a great way to save dinner time. You can find tons of freezer meals online or join a freezer meal club to get ideas on meals that you can make ahead. Take one day a month and whip up 5 freezer meals in an hour. You’ll have at least one meal per week for the month already prepared.
When you are ready to use your freezer meal, set it out to thaw all day. Then when you get home dinner can be ready in 30 minutes or less! Find my favorite freezer meal dinners here.
Leftover night can be a fun way for everyone to pick their favorite meal from the past week to eat. Thursday is a good night for leftovers since you will have Sunday through Wednesday to choose from. All you have to do is heat up the leftovers so there’s no thinking on your part (to save your mental sanity!). You can save money by not paying for another meal.
Throwing out leftovers is such as waste of food and money! Save yourself time and money by instituting Leftover Night!
5 Eat out the smart way!
Let’s face it, life is busy! Working late, kids evening activities, errands to run, etc.
When all else fails, and your schedule is just too busy don’t feel guilty about eating out. You can save money with these quick tips:
- Use coupons
- Kids Eat Free night
- Share meals instead of paying for everyone to have an individual meal
- Skip the kid’s meal
- Order water instead of soda, juices, or milk
Dinner time doesn’t have to be stressful! Use these tips to get dinner under control.
by Ashleigh Allman