Preparing your meals for the week every Sunday can lead to some huge savings. If you find yourself visiting local food chains for lunch break every day, “Meal Prep Sunday” can be just the thing that will help you save on your food budget. Here are some steps to get you started.
- Find a recipe: the internet is full of great resources to get you started. A simple Google search for “meal prep” will bring up hundreds of recipes for any budget. If you need help with the cooking portion, you can even try this search on YouTube to watch someone else as you follow along!
- Buy the ingredients: head to your local grocery store or farmers market and grab the ingredients you need. Store any extra seasonings you have for future recipes.
- Cook: combine the ingredients you bought and make your delicious meal!
- Store: divide the cooked food into equal portions and refrigerate them inside Tupperware containers. Remember, since cooked food is a perishable item, be mindful not to “meal prep” too far ahead.
- Pack: if you need to eat your meal on the go, pack it in a lunch bag with an ice pack to keep it fresh.
Here are some extra tips:
-If you get tired of eating the same thing every day, adjust your meal prep to be for two or three days so you can enjoy eating at your favorite restaurants while still saving money.
-Adjust recipes to be more budget friendly by buying a less expensive cut of meat, or frozen instead of fresh vegetables when appropriate.
-If you aren’t the best chef, cooking with others can be a great bonding and learning experience!
You’ll be surprised at how much you can save over the course of a week, month, and even a year by doing meal prep. Don’t forget your food on your way out the door!