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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

When it comes to food, you might feel like you have two choices: you can eat foods that are inexpensive or you can eat foods that are healthy. You can save money or you can watch your waistline. You can eat like a pauper and live like a king, or you can eat like a king and live like a pauper.

Did you know you don’t have to choose? With a little extra know-how, you can eat a healthy diet on a budget!

And, listen, we get it. Adulting is hard. You have enough on your plate without also trying to maintain a balanced budget and diet. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to enjoy healthy, affordable meals at home without adding to your workload.

To make the most of your budget without sacrificing your diet, think of creating healthy, affordable meals as a three-step process: planning, purchasing and preparing. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best tips for eating well on a budget. Each step plays an important role, and all contribute to the final result: a healthier, happier you. Bon appétit!

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3 Grocery Shopping Habits That Are Costing Everyone Time and Money

3 Grocery Shopping Habits That Are Costing Everyone Time and Money

Grocery shopping is one of those don’t-want-to-but-have-to tasks in life.

It takes too long, costs too much, and usually involves way more patience than you bargained for (we’re looking at you, dude in front of us with a cart full of individual yogurts and five price checks).

While we can’t help the situation with the slow guy in line, we can help with the time and money parts of your trip. Here are three costly grocery shopping habits and how to break free from them.

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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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