5 Posts That Will Change Your Food Budget — 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.

Getting the most out of a modest food budget is tricky. I don't know about you, but I feel like I spend an inordinate amount of time researching recipes that are cost-effective yet tasty — and still end up spending more than I thought I would. If I'm really not careful or diligent about my food budget, my bank statement looks like I may as well have been eating Chipotle for every meal, because that's how much I spent at the store. And let's face it — living in one of the most expensive cities in the country (New York) probably doesn't help.


The Roast Chicken Budget Strategy: My Simple Trick for Keeping a Food Budget — Money Goals, Kitchen Solutions

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One whole chicken goes a long way when you live by yourself. I learned this when I was in graduate school and living in a tiny studio apartment, doing my best to stick to a budget that was even tinier. The best way for me to stretch my dollars and still enjoy healthy, delicious meals wasn't by eating packets of ramen or rice and beans every night for dinner, but by roasting a whole chicken once a week.


How a Family of 7 Eats for $125 a Week in Peterborough, New Hampshire — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Sarah-Ann
Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire
Age: 37
Number of people in family: 7 (my husband; me; 18-year-old son, Jason; 17-year-old daughter, Jocelyn; 14-year-son, Benjamin; 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa; and 8-year-old daughter, Ari. Note that my oldest child is away this week so we only have six people in our household this week.
Occupation: My husband is a health store manager and I'm a photographer (lots of school and sports-related things).
Household income: $68,000 (doesn't include my income since mine is seasonal. Our budget is based on my husband's income because it is steady, something we can always count on).
Weekly food budget: $125


October Is the Best Time to Go to Europe. Here’s Why. — Europe on a Bite-Sized Budget

If you're pining for Paris in the spring or Santorini over summer break, you may want to put a pause on requesting time off. While sun-soaked days abroad are tempting, there is nothing quite like Europe in the fall. From Indian summer along the Mediterranean to crisp mornings and foliage in the Alps, October is a true gem of the entire year.


8 Ways the Slow Cooker Helps Me Save Money — Kitchn Slow Cooker

I recently got married. As we've joined our finances and embraced the sexy task of co-budgeting, I've been shocked — shocked! — by our combined food bill, which has at times spiked above $1000 a month.

So I've recommitted to cooking as a way to save money, rather than squander it. And one of the most reliable tools I have to do that is my slow cooker. Here are eight ways it helps me save money.


10 Easy Ways to Cook Meat in the Slow Cooker — Recipes from The Kitchn

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The slow cooker is one of our favorite tools to turn tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, like pork shoulder of beef chuck roast and brisket, into tender, totally delicious meals. You'll need some time and advance planning, though it requires very little effort and delivers a big reward.

From shredded chicken to carnitas, brisket, and pot roast, here are 10 easy ways to cook meat in your slow cooker.


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