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4 Insanely Smart Ways To Save Money When You Cook
The BuzzFeed and Facebook Communities were asked to share their favorite ways to save money on grocery shopping and cooking. And they definitely delivered! Here are some great ideas that you can start using right away:
- 1. Respect the whole roasted chicken. “I will buy the rotisserie chickens at Costco, pick off all the meat to make casseroles, shredded chicken sandwiches, chicken salad, etc. Then I use the leftover bones to make chicken stock. The rotisserie chickens from Costco are huge and $4.99. I love getting them!” —Lynn Huynh-Luke
“Find a way to use a large or inexpensive ingredient multiple ways through the week: a roast chicken for dinner, chicken salad for lunch, chicken stock/soup from the bones later in the week. A whole bird goes much farther than just pieces.” —Shalynn Marie Cook
“I’m always baffled that people buy canned chicken broth and throw out the remains of rotisserie chickens. It only takes a few minutes the next day to throw the bones in a pot with a couple litres of water, some roughly chopped onion and garlic and seasonings and simmer it for an hour or so. Strain it and freeze it in 500 ml containers. The seasonings in the rotisserie chickens makes a much better broth than the store bought stuff and 2 litres of broth covers a good part of the cost of the chicken!” —Deanne Lamb Hancock
- 2. Cook less meat, in general. “Eat less meat — it can act as a condiment and take a smaller role. You can use a little bacon for flavor, make a bibimbap with little shreds of meat and tons of vegetables.” —Scarlett Koller
“Eggs, peanut butter, and beans are fucking sweet protein. You don’t need meat every day — I buy it for two meals a week.” —Sarah Kerby
“I use beans as a filler when making meatloaf, tacos, etc. I’ll use 3/4 ground beef or turkey and 1/4 beans. It saves on meat and is a good source of fiber.” —Vickie Simpson
- 3. Cook dried beans instead of buying canned. “Buy dried beans instead of canned — less sodium and CRAZY cheaper! They just take a little more prep, but you will save buckets.” —Deborah Barbi
“Cooking bulk dry beans in a slow cooker saves me a ton a money. With black beans and chickpeas I can make a ton of dishes. I also freeze all my leftovers after they cool into portion sizes.” —Jacquelin Richards
- 4. Learn to love eggs.“Eggs. Learn to cook eggs…scrambled, omelets, fried, poached. They go well with veggies or fruit or just with a piece of toast. They taste great in sandwiches. A dozen of regular eggs is still less than $2. They have about 100 calories each and 6 grams of protein. If you’re trying to lose weight and short on cash, eggs + steamy veggies = a great, cheap meal.” —Katherine Grandstrand
“Breakfast for dinner! Eggs are cheap and you can bulk them up by adding anything from fresh veggies to cold cuts or left over roasted potatoes.” —Carol Cutter Gonzales.
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