18 Budget-Friendly Meals to Add to Your Meal Plan — Recipes from The Kitchn

While the focus of my meal plan might shift a little from week to week, the overarching idea always stays the same: easy dinners that embrace the season without totally killing my food budget for the week. Right now, during the hottest days of summer, I want nothing more than refreshing meals full of summer's best produce that come together with minimal effort.

From crispy chicken thighs with blistered tomatoes and basil to a veggie-packed enchilada casserole, here are 18 budget-friendly dinners to keep in your meal plan for the rest of summer.


10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Clipping a Single Coupon — Shopping

Paper or plastic? Once upon a time that was a standard question asked at the grocery store check stand. Today not only have paper and plastic bags given way to reusable tote bags, but also the way we pay and save at the grocery store has evolved.

Whereas our grandparents might have paid in physical dollars and cents — and handed over a fistful of paper coupons as well — today we can zip through the grocery store via the magic of plastic cards and contactless payment.

We can also save some grocery dollars without clipping a single coupon. Consider these tricks to help lower your grocery bill.


10 People Get Real About What They Actually Spend on Food — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

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Our grocery schedule and budget changes weekly because my partner Drew's schedule is so unpredictable — but generally, we go shopping once a month at a wholesale place like BJs or Costco, then twice a month at a smaller place (usually Trader Joe's because your girl loves those prices, but sometimes Stop & Shop). Our BJs trip usually costs around $100, and the smaller in-between trips are usually $40 to $60 depending on exactly what I get. This makes for a pretty reasonable grocery budget, although sometimes it feels all wrong. Some weeks, I feel like we have extra and are throwing away food, and likely overspending. Some weeks, it feels like I'm trying to scrape shitty leftovers together to create some semblance of a meal that is usually rounded out with a bowl of cereal.


10 Grocery Store Shortcuts That Are Cheaper than Doing It Yourself — Shopping

It's no secret how much we love a shortcut in the kitchen. If we've said it once, we've said it a million times: There is no shame in doing something or buying something that can save you time when it comes to getting dinner on the table. While it's true that sometimes, yes, you'll pay more for that convenience, it's not always the case. Sometimes a shortcut can save you time and money. It's true! Just check out these 10 instances uncovered by grocery shopper extraordinaire, Maria Speidel.


10 Lazy Weeknight Dinners You Can Make with Lentils or Beans — Recipes from The Kitchn

When lentils or beans are the star of your dinner plate, you can be sure that you're getting a wholesome, meat-free dinner that will fill you up and won't kill your food budget for the week. These inexpensive pantry staples can easily be transformed into salads, tacos, braises, and more. Here are 10 weeknight-friendly recipes to add to your meal plan.


Our Best Tips for Saving Money Through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save — Shopping

You may have noticed those little flags on some of Amazon's product pages touting discounts on groceries and household items using Subscribe & Save, but totally brushed them off. After all, you hate commitment! (You learned that the hard way with your gym membership. Sigh.) But there are some great reasons to give Subscribe & Save another look. Mostly the fact that you can slash your expenses if you use it wisely. Luckily, we have some tips to share to help you do just that.


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