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Save Both Time and Money with These 5 Easy Cooking Tricks

In today's economy, time and money are both valuable commodities.  One of the ways to save on both of them is with cooking!  In that arena, there are a number of ways to make the most of your time and money, especially when you’re not just preparing meals for yourself, but for a whole family. Keep reading for five easy ways to save both time and money in the kitchen.

Crock Creations
Cooking crock pot meals is an excellent way to save time and money in the kitchen.  All you need to do is toss all the necessary ingredients into the pot and let the meal prepare itself.  Furthermore, crock-pot cooking makes it easy to prepare enough food for plenty of leftovers. So not only do you save time for the remaining days of the week, but you save time and money by not having to buy new food.  If your family tires of the leftovers, the remains can easily be frozen and saved for another day.

Go Semi-Vegetarian
Depending on the cuts you choose, meat can almost render a person bankrupt. So, it clearly follows that it’s worthwhile for you to look for recipes which do not contain meat.  It’s not necessary to become a full-blown vegetarian simply to save money, but a few vegetarian meals a week could not hurt.  There are plenty of tasty protein alternatives available out there and many of them are just as tasty as a steak or a hamburger. 

Super-Size It
Making a big meal never hurts . . . as long as you don’t eat it all in one night! Once a week, make a large pot of soup or a big pan of lasagna.  The remains of these dishes and many others can be frozen and saved for later, which saves both money and time spent cooking a brand new meal. Also, when making a roast or turkey, stretch the leftover meat as much as possible. Extra meat can be used to make gravies, sauces, soups, stews, and sandwiches.

Shop Smart
Although this actually occurs outside of the kitchen, how you shop can also save time and money.  Not only can coupons offer some great deals and take a huge chunk off the final bill, but it gives you the opportunity to plan so that you can get all the shopping done in one day.  With a strategic plan, you’re also less likely to make impulse buys and you’ll avoid purchasing foods you may not really need.

Whenever possible, planning and making meals ahead of time can be quite a time and money saver as well.  This does not necessary mean leftovers.  For example, when planning to make a pot of chili or a batch of spaghetti sauce, make two and freeze one. Or, if you have the time, take a day and make as many meals as you can and freeze them. Just make sure to date them accordingly so that you don’t end up with frost-bitten food!

There are dozens of different ways to save time and money while cooking.  The aforementioned are only five of them.  Some of them may seem like more work, but in the scheme of things, all of them provide cheap and fast alternatives to shopping for and preparing a huge dinner every night of the week . . . or eating out more times than you can afford.

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