Watch your wallet and your waistline! These four frugal food tips help you eat well without breaking the bank.
Cook at least one entrée on Saturday or Sunday that you can heat up for lunch or on busy weeknights. Stew is a cost-effective meal, especially if you use less pricey cuts of meat. To save even more money, go meatless once a week with a veggie-based meal, which has less saturated fat but plenty of vitamins and fiber.
Fried chicken and burgers might be cheap, but they are loaded with fat. Giving up fast food is tough, so try limiting it to once a week. If you order a main course and bring it home, you'll be less tempted by the soda, fries, chips and other calorie-filled extras.
Keep in mind that potato chips and cookies can be costly and offer little nutrition. Try peanuts instead―one ounce offers nutrients that you won't get in crackers. Another good bet is air-popped popcorn, which is high in fiber and on average costs less than $2 for one cup of unpopped kernels.