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Meal Plans, Grocery Shopping, and a Large Family

What should we eat tonight? Does it sound too familiar for you? In fact, this is the most common question when it comes to deciding what to eat. Believe it or not? Meal planning has a love-hate relationship with most of us, especially when you are the only person who cooks in a big family. So, what I am supposed to do? I am so glad that you ask because, in this article, I will throw you some helpful tips that will probably save and make your life easier. Now let's started.

#1 Check your resources

The first and foremost thing is to check what you have in your cupboard or freezer. Trust me! I always found something that is already made or at least some useful canned food that can turn to a quick-fix solution. An opened pack of bacon leftovers in the freezer from a few days ago? Congrats! You are one step closer to your success. But wait! How about a few cans of baked beans or tomato sauce in the cupboard? Even better. The step of gathering all your sources can play an essential part in determining your meal plan, and more importantly, it will save you some bucks too. Read more: How to Save Money by Keeping a Well-Stocked Pantry

#2 Choose frozen or canned food

frozen food There is a premise that tinned food is not nutritional as much as frozen or fresh food, but this is proven to be wrong sometimes. Do you know that tomato and corn can release antioxidant under high temperatures, which makes them in cans a perfect source of nutrition? On the other hand, frozen or canned food is suitable for a low budget, and you also don't have to worry about them turning bad after a few days. But the most benefit you can get from canned food is their specific food portion in every package. Don't you think this will make your life so much easier while planning a meal size for the family members?

#3 Get them in bulk

The great thing when you cook a meal in bulk is that you can benefit from whatever leftover from that meal, especially when you need meal plans for a large family. Trust me! This saves me a couple of times when I totally run out of dinner ideas. Still don't get how we do it? Imagine you make a whole chicken for dinner, and that chicken is big enough to fill everyone's stomach on that day. But still, there are a lot more of it. What should I do? This is when you use that leftover chicken and come up with another meal the next day. If you buy only a chicken breast or drum, can you do that?

#4 Go green once in a while

Meat can get quite expensive sometimes, especially when your big family's favorite meal is beef or tuna. Here is my advice. You should try to go veggie once in a while. This kind of meal is not only very economical but also very healthy. And I am sure they won't complain over a large delicious pot of pumpkin or potato. If you like a healthy lifestyle, I have a guide for juicing called Juicing 101.

#5 Take advantage of a slow cooker

A slow cooker can is a great way to cater to every member of the family at any time they want. Believe me; there is so much you can do with a slow cooker. But first, you need to think of a meal that can go with this cooker for several days, then figure out an average portion for everyone. If you can do that, you are all set! Plus, don't you think that you can really save quite a lot of money instead of cooking 2 or 3 meals a day using different ingredients? I know that being a person who feeds the family never be an easy job. But if that's what makes you happy and cheerful, don't let anything stop you from doing that. I hope these tips are useful and inspire you to keep doing an awesome job. Please feel free to share the article around to your friends....

How to Save Money by Keeping a Well-Stocked Pantry {Large Family}

You know, a pantry is actually a small room or closet which you can keep food, dishes, and utensils in. If you have one, I am sure that you can save plenty of time and money. However, Keeping a pantry well-stocked is not easy. Unless you follow suitable ways, it will take you more time. Moreover, sometimes you also have to suffer its inconvenience. Don’t worry! I will tell you 5 tips to keep your pantry well-stocked.

#1 Choosing suitable contains

food pantry There are a lot of kinds of pantries in the market. Also, their sizes are various for us to choose from. However, you had better take a suitable one. Your pantry should be the one where you can put all the food you want. Besides, it can not be too big or too small. If the pantry is much bigger than the available space, you will have difficulty arrange it in your kitchen. In contrast, if the cabinet is too small, there will be not enough room to store food. Of course, the choice is yours, but make sure to choose the cabinet which is durable and rugged. That is because an unstable closet will cost you more when it breaks down and you have to buy a new one instead. Remember “Good wood better than the paint”.

#2 Taking some plans

All we know that everything needs plans. Thus, a simple thing like having a well-stocked pantry is necessary, too. When you have a cabinet that is full of food, you need to know which one to eat first and which one to eat later. For example, you should eat raw food before it becomes spoiled and rancid and eat canned foods and dried foods later. This can not only help you make good use of food but also prevent the waste of food. Therefore, making an appropriate meal plan is a good way to save money. With a well-stocked pantry and your suitable schemes, your life will become more and more balanced. Once you have got a food cabinet, arranging food in an orderly manner is very important.

#3 Sorting food by categories

Once you have got a food cabinet, arranging food in an orderly manner is very important. This helps you find your necessary goods faster. You can try imagining a messy closet. If you have that one, you will have trouble to find something in your closet. Sometimes, it is quite time-consuming. It would be easier when you have a neat food pantry with labels showing each type of food. The way to do it is to arrange the same kind of food together, then you write each name of that kind on a small piece of paper and stick it on the outside of the cupboard. After that, every when you need the food, you just need to identify its category and find it in the right place. It helps you save your time. Moreover, your kitchen looks much tidier.

#4 Reusing your boxes and cans

reuse box and can In all the pantries, you can see many cans and boxes which are used to contain food. You can buy them in supermarkets, but it also costs a lot of money. Of course, you can buy them if possible. However, if you are having the intention of saving money, you should not buy these things. You can reuse your old boxes and cans after they have been cleaned. This way is very useful and environmentally friendly. We can protect the environment by limiting the disposal of plastic containers.

#5 Doing the clean-up weekly

Sometimes, the pantry becomes messy The most important thing you have to do is cleaning up your pantry regularly. To be honest, the food cabinet is used every day, so no one can make sure that it is tidy all the time. Perhaps you can see a mess inside. Oops! To keep it clean and tidy, do the cleaning-up weekly. When cleaning the pantry, you can also check your food whether it is damaged or not. It is the right time for you to throw the spoiled food and make room for the new groceries you are about to buy. If you want to save money, you had better get a pantry and make it well-stocked. With a food closet like that, your kitchen will become new and tidier and your food is also preserved better. I have suggested some tips to save money by keeping a well-stocked pantry. I hope this article is helpful to you. If you know some other ways or tips, please tell me. I also wrote some help on Managing Laundry In A Large Family. Check it out! Thank you for reading!...