Money-Saving Food Prep Tips: Stretching Your Food Budget

Today, I want to share my tried and tested methods for saving money and making the most of my food budget. By prepping in advance and being mindful of how I use ingredients, I can stretch my resources and ensure nothing goes to waste. Let’s dive into the details!

Flavorful Chicken Broth for Multiple Meals

  • Overnight Crockpot Chicken ($6):
    • Place a whole chicken in the Crockpot.
    • Add chunks of onion, bell pepper, tomato, garlic, and a serrano for extra flavor.
    • Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and smoked paprika.
  • Deboning and Saving the Broth:
    • In the morning, remove the cooked chicken from the Crockpot and debone it.
    • The chicken produces a rich and flavorful broth that can be used for tonight’s dinner.
  • Additional Chicken Broth:
    • On a different occasion, boil a rotisserie chicken carcass to make regular chicken broth.
    • Freeze the extra broth for future use.chicken

Cheese Preparation for Versatile Use

  • Shredding Cheese:
    • Using a food processor, shred 3 pounds of cheese.
  • Storage:
    • Refrigerate a portion of the shredded cheese.
    • Freeze the remaining shredded cheese for later use.chesse

Maximizing Lunchable-Style Boxes

  • Affordable Lunchable Box:
    • Purchase a lunchable-style box from Sam’s when available (cost: $2.43).
    • The box typically contains two types of cheese, pepperoni, and crackers.
  • Stretching the Contents:
    • Divide the cubed cheese in half to make it go further.
    • Place the cheese and pepperoni in a separate bowl for easy snacking.
    • Store the crackers in the pantry for later use.Maximizing Lunchable-Style Boxes


Refilling the Lunch Meat Drawer

  • Separating Packages of Ham and Turkey:
    • Divide packages of ham and turkey to refill the lunch meat drawer.
    • Freeze any extras for future use.

Easy Access to Healthy Options

  • Keeping Convenient Options:
    • Arrange everything for easy access and grab-and-go convenience.
    • By making healthy options readily available, it ensures that food gets eaten, reducing complaints of “There’s nothing to eat.”
    • Note: As my kids are older now, they handle grabbing fruits and veggies themselves.

These money-saving food prep tips have proven to be valuable in stretching my food budget without compromising flavor or variety. By utilizing homemade broth, prepped cheese, maximizing lunchable-style boxes, and ensuring convenience, you can make the most of your ingredients and minimize waste. Stay tuned for more budget-friendly ideas!

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