TO FEED YOUR FAMILY WHEN MONEY’S TIGHT
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families often struggle to get by financially. With all the
costs that come with having children, it can be difficult
to afford a full fridge each week. If youre struggling
to afford your weekly shop at the beginning of the week, dont
worry, as there are ways to make your money go further - heres
how to feed your family when moneys tight.
Plan Your Meals
Shopping day by day is an easy way of increasing your food
costs. Instead, plan your meals at the beginning of the
week and include a budget to match. By doing this, you decrease
the chances of putting expensive snacks you dont need
into the trolley.
Batch Cook Meals for the Freezer
Cooking a fresh meal every day wont only drain your
energy as a parent, but it will also drain your bank account.
Instead, look at recipes you can freeze and start
batch cooking your meals. That way, when you spend hours
over a pot, the result is multiple meals rather than dinner
for just that night.
Hunt for Discounted Food
If you go to the supermarkets at the
right time, you will find many foods on offer for
a discounted price. Try to schedule your shopping trips
to match up with these times, and get your hands on ten-pence
crisps and a twenty-pence bag of veg. It all makes a difference!
Eat Whats in the Cupboard
Instead of rushing to the shop when its time to make
lunch or cook dinner, have a look at what is in your cupboard
and get creative. Most households have old tins and packets
of food at the back of their cupboards that are still in
date, so dont ignore them! You might just come up
with a new favourite family meal.
Recreate Fast Food Recipes
If you love fast food for dinner now and again but its
draining your bank, look into recreation recipes. By doing
this, you still get satisfaction without having to spend
upwards of thirty pounds on a single meal for your family. Visit
Taste of Home for delicious copycat recipes that
wont break the bank. Plus, you will find food like
this is much
better for you!
Use a Food Bank
If you are really struggling to feed your family, there
is always the option of using a food bank. Dont feel
ashamed for going its designed for people who
need it most, and that includes young families who need
to feed themselves. It doesnt have to be an ongoing
option, but it can be helpful during those months where
Consider a Small Loan
On a particularly difficult month, you could consider a
small loan to help tide you over until your next payday.
Just make sure you can pay it back in time, as you dont
want to contribute to more financial troubles. Have a look
around at different loan types to suit your needs, and dont
be put off if your credit score is lower than average, as
these days there are specialist lenders providing loans
for bad credit. See more on this at CashLady.com.
Struggling to pay for your meals is always tough. By being
a little smarter with your money, though, you can make sure
there is always food in the cupboard.
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