Budget

Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Budget-Saving Summer Suppers — Next Week’s Meal Plan

It's that time when my monthly grocery budget and my zeal for overbuying must work in unison. To put it more plainly, I've got a bunch of produce to use up and I'm going to pull from my pantry and freezer to spend less on groceries this week.

Don't worry — it's not a week full of ramen and peanut butter and jelly for dinner. Instead most of this week's dinners are budget-friendly to start, using ingredients like frozen ravioli and ground turkey, while still being incredibly delicious and full of summer produce, which makes them cheaper too. Here are the five budget-saving summer dinners I'm cooking next week.

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My One Trick for Saving Money (and Shopping Healthfully) at the Grocery Store — 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.

I've been trying to get better about how I grocery shop for a while now, and although I know the eventual solution will probably be "order a lot of my stuff online and make store trips only occasionally," for some reason I'm just not doing it yet. The truth is, because I work at home a lot, going to the store is often a good opportunity for me to get out of the house and have something to do. Yes, I walk the pup, but that is only so much entertainment and it's good to have something productive to tack onto my trips.

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TFD’s Rules For Spending Less On Food (And Admitting You Have A Food Shopping Problem) — 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.

The other day in our TFD chat, we collectively reached the conclusion that the three of us — Maya, Chelsea, Lauren — have been able to curb and be smarter in our spending pretty much everywhere besides food shopping. And even when we've done our best to restrict how much we go out, and to be smarter when we actually go to bars and restaurants, the grocery store is still ground zero for terrible financial decisions.

And given that TFD's office is located a mere two blocks from one of the sweetest grocery stores in all of New York City, it's gotten even harder to not make a quick trip for paper towels and come out with bags full of honeycrisp apples, whole wheat pasta, delicious-looking cheeses, and upscale crackers. It's just such a happy place, and because everyone has to eat, it's extremely easy to justify your spending there in a way you couldn't, say, at a shoe store. You can almost trick yourself into thinking that there is something noble about spending way too much on food as opposed to other goods, when if you think about it, investing in quality pieces for things like clothes or furniture is definitely a more intelligent place to put your money than yet another bag of sweet, sweet Tate's cookies.

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How One Woman Eats for $40 a Week in Oakland, California — 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: Cindy
Location: Oakland, CA
Age: 28
Number of people in family: 1
Occupation: Business Analyst (part time) and student
Household income: $32,000
Weekly food budget: $40 ($20 for meals, $20 for eating out)

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The Best Thing You Can Do Before Going to the Farmers Market — Farmers Market Suppers

Summer at the farmers market is heaven. The smells, the tastes, the delicious meals you can make — everything's in season and your region's bounty is on full display. You want it all — every juicy heirloom tomato, all the squash blossoms you can stuff with pimiento cheese, and all the fresh berries for everything from salads and snacks to tarts and homemade sorbet.

But if you want your summer to go well, you have to do one thing before you hit the farmers market: Set a budget. And mostly stick to it.

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10 Ways to Save Money on Amazon — Shopping

We all love shopping on Amazon. It's convenient and it has literally everything you could ever want, from Fiestaware to formal wear. The lightning-quick speed in which they deliver is also a huge bonus.

But if you're not careful, the convenient nature of Amazon can make you a little trigger happy (that one-click shopping feature is dangerous), and you could end up spending a ton of money without even realizing it.

So how do you capitalize on Amazon's convenience and service without breaking the bank? Read on for our favorite tips and tricks.

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