Do you wish to prepare tasty dishes without breaking the bank or compromising flavors? You won’t believe how easy it is to cook your favorite dishes using beloved ingredients from your pantry, especially when you organize the latter from time to time and when you plan a consistent and budget-friendly meal calendar for several weeks!
Time and money are precious when you are a busy mom on a budget. We all agree that preparing meals at home is the best way to save money on food. And because that trip to the supermarket is inevitable, we rounded four shopping hacks you can use to make sure you’re providing the best for your family without spending a lot of money.
Tip number 1: Choose healthy and ready to eat options
As a busy mom, you’re always concerned about preparing quick and easy yet healthy meals to make sure your family is satisfied.
While grocery shopping, make sure you choose ready to eat options such as fava beans, chickpeas and mushrooms. They’re much cheaper than chicken (up to 35 SAR – 50 AED per kilogram) and meat (up to 50 SAR or 72 AED per kilogram) and quicker to prepare for weekdays when you lack time!
Fava beans and chickpeas fatteh is an excellent example of 30-minutes economical meals. All you need is 1 can of California Garden Fava Beans Lebanese recipe (4.95 SAR – 4.40 AED). The rest of the ingredients are probably in your pantry and fridge!
And if you feel like preparing a delicious curry without chicken or meat, we got you covered. Use California Garden Whole Mushrooms (7.25 SAR – 5.70AED per can) as a substitute and create a mouthwatering meal in no time. Your kids and your wallet will thank you for it!
Tip number 2: Shop promo items and stash as you go
Always look for high-quality items on sale when you’re grocery shopping. Some prices are reduced by half so you can buy double the products and pay for half of them. Make sure you buy items you can store in your pantry for those days when you don’t feel like going to the supermarket. They’re incredibly useful when you’re missing ingredients and need substitutes on the go. Some examples may include canned vegetables, beans, canned fruits, tuna, and sardines!
Tip number 3: Create menus for the whole week
How much time do you waste every day trying to come up with a new meal idea or running after your kids asking them what they would like to eat for lunch the next day? It’s a problem for every mom busy or not! However, you can still save time and money. Plan creative weekly menus every Saturday and make sure not to skip a day as it could impact your budget significantly.
Tip number 4: Never. Ever. Shop. On an empty stomach
Shopping while you’re hungry will cause you to buy unnecessary sweets and savory items you’re probably craving at the moment. To avoid this, make sure you eat a quick snack before visiting the supermarket to avoid overspending and overeating at the same time!