Budget

My Smartest Tip for Saving Money on Takeout — Our Food Budgets, Ourselves

My husband and I rely on takeout more often than I'd like to admit. If I haven't had the time to meal plan (or grocery shop) for the week, chances are, we're having cereal or takeout for dinner. One of those things can be inexpensive (two boxes for $5? Yes, please!), while the other can add up — very quickly.

Luckily, we've figured out one little hack to help us keep our weekly food bills below budget.

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10 Things That Are (Much) Cheaper at 365 than Whole Foods — Our Food Budgets, Ourselves

The 365 by Whole Foods Market stores are billed as a lower-price version of the mother store, but how much will you really save? I decided to investigate. On the same day in February, I checked the prices of items in regular rotation on my grocery list at the 365 by Whole Foods in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles and an old-school Whole Foods seven miles away in Glendale, CA.

Here's what I found out.

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20 Ways to Turn Beans into a Cheap and Wholesome Meal — Recipes from the Kitchn

If you're on the hunt for cheap yet wholesome protein, the answer is beans! It doesn't matter if you choose to cook dried beans or opt for the convenience of cans — both are wallet-friendly options that can be transformed into hearty main dishes that satisfy just about any night of the week. We rounded up 20 of our favorite bean-centric recipes. Some are completely vegetarian, while others toss a little meat in the mix for flavor. Most are quick to prepare, including a recipe for black bean tacos that will truly only take you 10 minutes to whip up.

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5 Money Conversations to Have at Your Kitchen Table — Time & Money

If you're like most people, you hate talking about money. It's hard and awkward, and you'd rather bury your face in a cabinet than think about it.

But the thing is, it's important. Understanding your finances and being responsible with money will help you live a better life — a life with less stress and more time for things you do enjoy. Like, say, drinking tempranillo.

To make talking about money a bit easier, we recommend broaching the sometimes uncomfortable topic in the most comfortable place in the house: the kitchen. Sure, bedrooms and living rooms may be comfy too, but you might want to make calculations, jot down notes, or do online research, and those places aren't exactly conducive to those types of activities.

You also might be thinking that money, like religion or politics, is one of those things you're not supposed to discuss over a meal. You're right; we're not suggesting you bring up retirement investments during your anniversary dinner. But we are suggesting you set aside some time to talk about the financial decisions that impact everyone in your household. Don't worry — we've even included suggested snack and beverage pairings to make it a little less painful.

Ready to get started? Here are five money conversations you could (and should!) have around your kitchen table.

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10 Awesome Bloggers Share Their Favorite Budget-Friendly Recipes — Recipe Roundup

We're all probably trying to save a little money and watch our spending. And while cooking meals at home instead of eating out at restaurants can save you some dough, it's hard to know which recipes specifically will steer you in the right direction. That's why we asked 10 awesome food bloggers for their most budget-friendly recipes.

You'll notice that most of the recipes rely on pantry staples like canned tomatoes and beans and dry rice and pasta, and utilize cheaper protein sources like dry lentils and ground beef. One thing they all have in common? None of them are lacking in flavor.

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5 Ways to Buy a Cheaper Lunch — Our Food Budgets, Ourselves

In a perfect world, we'd all pack healthy, filling, satisfying meals for the office every day. But that's easier said than done. Maybe you spent the weekend taking care of chores and didn't have any time for meal planning. Or maybe (hopefully!) you had way too much fun this weekend and didn't do any chores, let alone think about what you were going to eat for lunch.

The good news is that on the days when you have to buy your lunch, you don't have to break the bank. Just follow these smart tips for fueling up on the cheap.

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