How are you all doing?? We are over here starting a new week of our quarantine lifestyle!!
So how do you stay on a budget, feed your family at home, not get tired of eating the same things, AND stay on a budget?? Well I have some ideas and tips for you this month!! PLUS Smart & Final is giving YOU the opportunity to win a $25 Gift Card EVERY WEEK through the month of April!!
All you have to do is participate in their Snack Hack Posts in their Instagram stories!! Easy Right?
I just posted mine!
Here are 3 tips this week to make things a little easier on your self, your budget, and possibly more fun!
Make meals out of what you have already! You may not be able to make a full on fancy meal, but I have found that by using some items I have on hand I have made some items that the kids really like!
I had a can of First Street Chili (no beans) in the pantry and I had a bag of frozen fries in the freezer!
Made my kids chili cheese fries and they were SO HAPPY! Definitely not a meal I would have planned-but it is something my kids would have wanted to run through a drive-thru and buy (So I REALLY saved some money too!) Easy clean up too!
Make a Menu With What You Have
By making a menu of your meals, snack and desserts- and using tip #1 you can plan your meals out and stretch out the length between grocery store trips- then just shop for the items you may need to use up what you have.
Get Your Family Involved!
When this whole thing started I planned these great meals and we had big dinners every night and it was great, but then…
-we got tired of cleaning for an hour after dinner
-we weren’t as hungry for dinner because activity levels are lower
-we got tired of eating our usual dinners
When my kids started saying what they would like to eat, it made them willing to help cook and clean. When they saw we had fries and chili- they were happy because they like to eat those items from fast food restaurants. This made them think about what other foods they missed and we started using what we had to create a variety of items that were FUN and different.
Here is the link to Smart & Final’s Instagram Page
Follow them- add your Snack Hack to your story or post and tag @smartandfinal and #MySmartandFinal for a chance to win!!! Have FUN with it!!!!!