Generally the most expensive part of any meal is the meat- that’s why cutting back on meat or making at least one meal a week meatless can help you save.
Look, I get it. I’m a meat and potatoes gal. That’s what I like, that’s what I want to eat. However, we’ve recently been working to incorporate at least one meatless dinner into our weekly rotation- two if we can swing it. Now, this tip by no means is telling you to go vegetarian or vegan (unless you want to. Live your life guys). But it can definitely save you money.
Even if you don’t feel like you can go totally meatless for a meal, consider cutting back. Growing up, my family used a pound of hamburger in spaghetti sauce. My husband and I cut that down to a half pound…and then eventually a quarter pound, before just cutting it out altogether. Going from a pound of meat to a half pound is a big savings on it’s own- here a pound of 80/20 burger at Walmart is $4/1b… so you would add $2 to your Disney fund by using just half the pound in spaghetti sauce, or $3 to the fund if you cut it down to a quarter of a pound!
Here are some easy, family friendly meals to skip the meat:
- Spaghetti (or other pasta)
- Grilled cheese and Soup
- Cheese or Veggie Pizza (great way to use up leftover veggies)
- Breakfast for Dinner- fresh fruit, waffles, toast- you could even scramble up some eggs, a nice inexpensive protein!
- Bean & Cheese Burritos
- Cheese Quesadillas
- Baked Potato & Salad
What is your favorite meatless meal to make?