One thing that has saved us a lot of money over the years is for me to calculate the cost of recipes when planning menus. If I know that there’s a $5 difference in price between one dinner and another dinner, I can save our family a quick $5 just by choosing the less expensive meal.
To easily calculate the cost of recipes, you can download this free downloadable Recipe Cost Calculator Spreadsheet. This spreadsheet allows you to plug in ingredient costs and recipe measurements and instantly have a final cost or a cost per serving.
If you really want to make things cost-effective and streamlined, make a list of recipes your family loves sorted by price. That way, if you are really strapped for wiggle room in your budget, you can stick with those recipes that are your least expensive and save the more expensive recipes for when you have a little more breathing room.
By the way, if your grocery budget is really tight right now, you might find the Hillbilly Housewife’s Emergency $45 Menu Plan helpful and inspiring.
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