Typically, one of the first things to go by the wayside is healthy cooking and eating habits. As soon as time gets short, we start relying heavily on more processed foods – or even worse – take-out or restaurant meals. Those are budget killers and the stuff of caloric nightmares and dubious nutritional value.
Of course, eating processed food every now and again won’t kill or harm you, or decimate your budget, but there are some very simple strategies you can employ to minimize your reliance on them, capitalize on the time you have to spend in the kitchen, and stretch your food dollars as far as possible.
Here are some methods I’ve used over the years that have really helped me save my sanity and keep mealtimes stress-free, maintain my food budget, and stick to a healthy diet.