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How to Keep From Overspending on Your Restaurant Budget

Let’s play a little game of truth or dare.

First up, truth: In what area of the budget are you most likely to overspend?

Pretty sure we can all answer that one together: food—especially restaurants. Going out to eat has a way of burning through money like no other expense. After all, we have to eat.

Of course, when we’re hoping to reach our big money goals—like saving for a dream vacation or paying off debt or buying a new home—busting the restaurant budget ends up being a real bummer in the long run.

Which brings us to the dare portion of our game. We dare you to take action. We dare you to save more money by sticking to your restaurant budget for the next three months. Don’t worry—we’re here to help with five easy ways to stay on track.

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How to Meal Plan to Save Time and Money

How to Meal Plan to Save Time and Money

Meal Planning Saves Time, Money and Sanity. Here’s How You Can Make It Happen in Your Home.

Ever follow an Instagram account just to see regular posts of amazingly perfect food photos? Yeah, us too!

Add in all those time-lapsed videos of the cooking process, and you’ll be salivating before your kids can interrupt to say, “What’s for dinner?”

But there’s food fantasy and then there’s reality. And while almost no one can whip up dinner in 60 seconds flat, you can make the journey from store to table a whole lot easier with meal planning.

What Is Meal Planning?

A meal plan is like a budget for your food. You decide up front and on purpose what you’ll eat for dinner throughout the week. You can have pizza seven nights in a row, go out to eat on odd-numbered days, or cook every single meal at home. It’s totally up to you!

Meal planning done right can change the game for both your family and your budget. Read on to learn how.

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthier is a great goal! But what’s it going to cost you?

Sprouted-grain bread and organic avocados typically cost more, after all. No problem: That’s why you have a budget. Your budget gives you permission to do (and buy) what’s important to you. So if a mostly organic diet is what’s important to you, great! Just remember to work it into your budget. Here’s how:

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9 Easy Tweaks to Make to Your Grocery Budget (Summer Edition!)

9 Easy Tweaks to Make to Your Grocery Budget (Summer Edition!)

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with the grocery store.

We love having food in our fridge, but we hate figuring out what to cook, shopping for all the ingredients, and handing over our hard-earned cash each week. But we’ve all got to eat!

So how can you save more time and money on this necessary task?

While there’s no magic number for how much your grocery budget should be (that varies based on family size and income), there are some easy ways to keep your family fed for less. Especially during the summer months when fresh fruits and veggies are on sale!

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10 Items You Should Buy Generic

10 Items You Should Buy Generic

Sometimes it’s worth paying a higher price for a name-brand product. Maybe you like the taste of a particular food or you want a certain brand of baby diapers—we totally get that.

But what about those items you hardly think about, like trash bags or sugar? You could save a hefty amount, possibly to 20–30%, by purchasing the generic version instead. You probably won’t even notice a difference in your daily routine. Plus, that extra money can make a big impact on your budget.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and here are 10 ways we can prove it to you. Next time you go shopping, look for the generic versions of these items.

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