Shifting economic conditions and busy markets have families and individuals grappling with the stress of maintaining full-time jobs and personal lives as household expenses and bills reach new heights. Thanks to long, tiring days and limited time at home, convenience foods like microwave meals, boxed-meals, frozen foods and pre-made mixes are becoming more popular amongst the majority of American households. These products are also some of the most expensive in the market.
Basic ingredients like flour, sugar, oil and eggs are all significantly cheaper, but demanding work schedules, lack of knowledge, and often laziness, deter many people from cooking homemade meals. However, there are in fact many practical ways to take advantage of these inexpensive products. Not only will they save money on an almost daily basis; they pose as a great way to spend quality time with family members over the weekends as well.
Pizza dough can be stored in the freezer for months, so why not sacrifice one hour over the weekends to make a triple batch and save it for a later date? This can also double as dough for garlic bread sticks, which make a great side to vegetable or onion soup. Waffles, bagels, quiches and desserts can also be frozen and used the same way. Soup is another great option, as it can be kept in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, so one large pot made on Sunday will save money throughout the entire week. Though it takes hours to cook, the actual preparation time can be kept down to around 20 minutes.
There are hundreds more recipes and dishes that can be prepared in advance. Thanks to today’s internet, these time-efficient, money-saving meals are only a Google search away!