Make freezer meals on a budget? Save Hundreds on Your Groceries
Everyone wants to eat health and good meals. But if you are eating healthy one a cheap budget, there are 10 tips to make your cheap healthy grocer list easy.
Your make ahead meal plan may be for two, for new mom or you are going to make 20 meals in 4 hours. It doesn’t matter what meal ideas you have, following below freezer meals on a budget tips can make your make ahead freezer meals cheap, easy and healthy.
1.Choose in -season recipes for your meal ideas
Your make ahead meal plan is only the beginning of your freezer meals. When you choice the freezer meal recipe, think of what in-season for a second.
This is very important how we can control our freezer meals on a budget. Buying fruits and vegetables in season can save you a lot. Plan meals around using up things in-season is cheap way to bring healthy food to your table.
For example, strawberry can cost you twist if you buy off-season. You can buy in bulk when blue berry on sale, making freezer jam or just simply freezer save for later.
Starting educating yourself on the in-seasonal produce, which will help you decide whether to buy the items in bulk.
Here I found Seasonality Charts made by CUESA ( Center for Urban Education about sustainable agriculture).
They list very details in veggie , flower and nut , fish and even flower by month so we can easily review how produce are in-season.
(The chart is based in North California. It may vary in your local supermarket but good reference)
2.Track your pantry
Your pantry is the first stop to check for your freezer meals.
Assess your kitchen before grocery shopping. I also keep some kitchen essentials food in my pantry but sometimes I would forget if what I already have or how much left. Being a busy mom, I try to avoid missing any ingredient especially making freezer meals in bulk.
Busy mom reminder:
Also check your freezer meal supply is enough or not.
3.Freezer meals for a month shopping list
Shopping list! Shopping list ! Shopping list! Hey busy moms, don’t forget to bring your shopping list. How many times when you go to supermarket without shopping list? That is my problem all the time and that why I am so excited about momsgoodlife.com
In momsgoodlife.com, I try to make this part super easy for you. Make sure go to our meal plan page and being our member . Once you plan out your healthy freezer meals for a month or for a week, your shopping list would be done at the same time. You can print it out or save in our site. You click each item as you go.
4.Buy healthy and cheap
Looking to give your family a healthy and cheap dinner? Want to eating healthy on a cheap budget?
Learning a healthy life style actually can help you reduce a lot in your grocery bill. You might try to keep below list in mind ( I print them out and put in my kitchen binder) because these produce and produce normally cost cheaper but actually very health.
One of our easy recipe roles is to try to use these produce as much as possible. We want you and your family stay healthy and wealth.
Grains ___ Brown or white rice ___ Oatmeal ___ Barley ___ Corn meal or grits ___ Store brand pasta
Dairy ___ Skim milk ___ Yogurt
Protein ___ Beans and lentils ___ Eggs ___ Whole chicken ___ Peanut butter ___ Specials on fish, meat, poultry
Fruits and Veggies ___ Cabbage ___ Potatoes ___ Romaine ___ Leaf lettuce ___ Cauliflower ___ Carrots ___ Zucchini ___ Cucumber ___ Corn ___ Bananas ___ Melon ___ Oranges ___ Apples ___ Frozen veggies on sale ___ Seasonal specials
5.Watch the sales
How to make freezer meals on a budget?
For those of you that have kitchen space to spare, stocking up as you can when they are on sale can be a great way to save on groceries.
For examples, I usually buy extra flour in the holiday season because I know everyone tries to bake at this time and supermarket usually has a good price on it.
6. Fewer Shopping trip or Shop online store
Amazon is my go-to website to save money and I have been prime member for so many years. Now I use amazon to get my pantry and household stuffs as much as I can because I can save more trips for going to store and accidentally buy extra stuffs.
In this way, the sales and coupons are easier to find and apply. More important, I don’t have to move these items from shelves to cashier and then to my car and finally make to my home.
With the shopping list created by our easy freezer meals recipes, I can easily get the ingredient via my prefer website rain or shine.
Freezer meals on a budget bonus tips:
To maximum your saving on amazon, you should always take advantage on Amazon Mom , Subscribe & Save and Amazon Pantry.
7.Buy cheaper meat
Cubed or Pre-sliced Meat always is usually over price and marks up higher than others. Since we are going to make freezer meals, buy the bulk and slice the meat to fit your entire recipes. Of course, this is a great way to keep your freezer meal plan on a budget.
8.Buy below eye level
Most supermarkets stock the most expensive items where you can see right away. Move your eye high and low. Start in the produce section and plan meals based on what you see that looks good and is a good price but something easy to grab and go.
9.Cash in on rewards credit card
If grocery bill plays big in your family, try to choose the credit card that will give you optimal rewards for supermarket spending. I always like to be a royal customer. Carrying one card instead of 10 so all my points can be collected in one place.
10.Price match whenever possible
Many supermarkets have price match police. Whenever you have a great coupon but not in your favor store, you can ask price match and usually work. In this way, you are not only get a discount but also save time not going to different shop.
Freezer meals on a budget bonus tip:
You can use Amazon to price-match Target and Walmart merchandise. Check out Amazon price and coupon before you go.
Actually one freezer meals on a budget tip!
Feed yourself and your kids before you shop
Don’t go hungry to the supermarket, especially with little one. Busy moms you know what I mean. Have you every experience that ends up buying extra snacks for your hungry kids? If you can ask someone looks for your kids, shop alone with full stomach. In this way, you can focus on your cheap healthy grocery list and also save a lot of time in general.
Hey busy moms, I hope my tips can really help you stay your freezer meals on a budget and really bring your family cheap and healthy food on table.
Do you have any grocery shopping tips want to share? To make this list complete and help more busy moms, your comment and experience are very important. Let’s make our make ahead freezer meals better together!