The following is a guest post by Connie at Smockity Frocks !
The fastest way to cut your food budget is to eat at home.
For a big family, eating out can cost anywhere from around $40 at a fast food restaurant, to well over $100 at a nicer restaurant. That is for a single meal! Consider doing that several times per week, and the costs skyrocket!
You can see why a big family on a small budget would be motivated to eat at home!
Simply buying packaged, prepared foods to eat at home can save you big bucks. For instance, for under $20 you can feed a large family frozen lasagna, store bought garlic bread, and salad in a bag at home. That same meal at Olive Garden costs around $9 per person, so for our family of 10 that would be nearly $100 when eating out.
That is a considerable savings, but if you take it one step further and learn to cook from scratch you can serve that very same meal for 10 people for around $10!
Considering I can make a delicious, restaurant quality meal for my entire family of 10 for $5-$10, restaurant prices, or even prepackaged frozen foods are just not at all practical for us, and seem downright wasteful! I could even feed each person in my big family a fancy steak dinner at home for under $25 total.
It’s true that cooking from scratch takes a little extra time, but if you consider the savings you can rack up every day, I think it is definitely worth it!
Are you thinking, “I like this idea but, I don’t know how to cook from scratch!”?
With just a little research and practice, anyone can learn to cook from scratch and save your family money!
It’s simple to get started with “from scratch” cooking with these steps:
- Get a good basic cookbook, like this Betty Crocker Cookbook . It has definitions for cooking terms and simple step-by-step directions for even simple tasks, like boiling eggs.
- Stock your pantry and fridge with the basics of scratch cooking like flour, sugar, vegetable oil, baking soda, baking power, tomato sauce, rice, pasta, and spices.
- Learn a couple of recipes that you think your family will enjoy and perfect those. (My entire family loves my oven fried pork chops  and chicken spaghetti .) After you find confidence in cooking those from scratch, try something new.
You can become a “from scratch” cooking expert and save your family a bundle of money while serving them delicious meals they will love!
Stay tuned next week for Part 4!!