When you’ve got children, it’s easy to worry about how you’re going to provide everything they need. One of the biggest common complaints is feeding children healthy food on a budget. When you’re on a budget you automatically think that you have to lower your standards when it comes to food – organic isn’t cheap, after all! But, it isn’t impossible to feed your kids the best when you haven’t got much of an income. Here are some tips on how to do it.
It may not be much more expensive, but unfortunately, it is more time-consuming. You’ll have to make meal plans for the week and stick to them. Make a grocery list before you go shopping so you know what you need and don’t get sucked into buying any extras. We all know how sneaky those stores can be. If you can’t find what you want or it’s too expensive at your regular store, make sure you have some time to shop around at other stores to find the best deals. You could make some extra cash for your opinions on grocery stores.
Get Used to Cooking
If you want to feed your family healthy meals on a budget, you need to forget about eating out at restaurants or ordering take-aways on a regular basis. Make friends with your kitchen and if you have any extra money, invest in kitchen tools that will make your life easier in the long run. You’ll probably find that as you’re cooking, you’ll come up with ways of making use of any left-over ingredients so you’re not wasting any food. Leftovers are usually ideal for lunches.
Being on a budget can get a little depressing after time but there are things you can do to stretch the budget and have a little fun. For instance, making some sandwiches and going on a picnic is a fun afternoon out for all the family. It doesn’t cost much to bake a delicious cake and the kids can get involved with the decoration. If you have a little extra to spend one week, why not take the kids bowling as a treat? It’s relatively cheap and you’ll make lots of memories.
Make Your Own
So, you haven’t got the money to order from the pizza place? Don’t worry, you can make your own. It’s much cheaper to buy bases and toppings in bulk load from a supermarket than it is to buy a ready- made pizza. Let the kids choose what they want and have some fun putting them together in the kitchen. This also works well when it comes to snacks. Strawberries and cream beats re-mortgaging your house to buy ice-creams and a bag of nachos and cheese to melt will go down a storm.
When you’re on a budget it’s all about being creative and finding ways of not losing out when it comes to enjoying food and eating healthily.