Money Saving Meals for Busy Families

money saving mealsBusy families shouldn’t miss out on the savings just because they have little time to cook. Home cooked meals are one of the best ways to save on the food bill. With a little knowledge, you can spend very little to cook at home, no matter how hectic your life is. Here is how.

Crockpot Recipes

I’m convinced that the crockpot must have been invented by a busy mom. If you don’t have this little appliance, run out right now and get one. Don’t worry about the expense. You can pick your first one up for a few dollars at a thrift store (I have two different sized crockpots that cost me less than $25 for both and have lasted ten years and counting).

With a crockpot, you can pour a few ingredients into it, set the machine and it will do the cooking for you. You can even fill the crock the night before, and then take it out of the refrigerator in the morning and set it then.

Get a good crockpot cookbook, or research easy recipes online.

Freezer Meals

Imagine always knowing that there was a good meal in the house? With freezer meals you can have that peace of mind, and the savings from not having to eat out. Just pull out your meal and stick it in the oven or the microwave.

Freezer meals can be flexible. Basically, you cook when you can, such as on a weekend, at night, early in the morning, a not-to-busy day, whenever it works for you. You then package and freeze the meals to use later. By doubling or tripling your regular meals on weeks that you can take the time to cook, you’ll quickly build up a stockpile of favorites to enjoy on crazy days.

Make It Work Meals

Gather a few easy make it work meals that can be prepared with simple ingredients that you already have at hand. These might include anything from pasta dishes to breaded chicken wraps that can be eaten quickly or eaten in the car. These times of quick make it work meals will save you from a stop at the drive in on your way to one activity or another.

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Mary Ann Romans is a freelance writer, online content manager, wife and mother of three children. She lives in Pennsylvania in the middle of the woods but close enough to Target and Home Depot. The author of many magazine, newspaper and online articles, Mary Ann enjoys writing about almost any subject. "Writing gives me the opportunity to both learn interesting information, and to interact with wonderful people." Mary Ann has written more than 5,000 blogs for since she started back in December 2006. Contact her at maromans AT or visit her personal blog