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Saving Money by Dining In

Saving Money by Dining In

Cut food costs by cooking at home. Find copycat recipes and smart ideas to make homemade cooking special—without a lot of work.

With some smart planning and a few tasty recipes, home cooking can be a fun, easy way to save money.

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Homemade Cooking Tips

  • Start simple. Good knives? A must. A food processor? Maybe not. Save money—and kitchen space—by deciding which tools are essential and which are just nice to have. Get More Kitchen Gadgets Advice.
     
  • Cook up ideas.  A little creativity can go a long way, especially when you’re trying to stick to a budget. For fresh ideas, pick up a cookbook at your local library. Look for titles that focus on low-cost or simple recipes. You can also find copycat recipes right here. Search for BC.com Recipes.
     
  • Cut meat costs. Buy a bag of frozen meatballs, then use the meatballs in several recipes throughout the week. Or, stock up on canned tuna, salmon, and chicken when they’re on sale. Add flavor and flair to meats by preparing with a boxed mix like Romano’s Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites.
     
  • Soup it up. Creamy or brothy soups are always filling, tasty, and affordable. Got a baguette and a block of cheddar on hand? Pair these with a hardy stew and—voila!—dinner’s done. Get Tips on Making Soups and Broth.
     
  • Make it a party.   Want to have fun while you save money and time? Gather your friends and prepare a week’s worth of delicious meals in one fabulous evening. Share ingredients, tips, recipes—and a lot of laughs. Learn More About Community Cooking.
     
  • Simmer and savor. When it comes to tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone goodness, slow cooking is the way to go. Use inexpensive cuts—a full day of roasting will transform even the toughest pork chops into moist, succulent show-stoppers. Find out more about slow cooking.
     
  • Fill up your freezer.  If you have the space, freezing fresh produce is a great way to stay on budget. Just stock up on items when they go on sale—or get ripe in the garden—and store them for later. Buying frozen veggies helps you save too—especially when a recipe calls for out-of-season items. Look for Cascadian Farm or Green Giant veggies in the frozen foods section. Read More Freezing Tips.

Try it Out in a Recipe

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