Ask any twenty-something what their biggest money-saving weakness is and I can guarantee that most of them will say that it’s spending too much damn money on food. And I am no different. I love to brunch, I love going out for dinner with my friends and I love ordering a cheeky pizza on Uber Eats when I’ve had a bad day. These are dining experiences, and I am sure as hell not going to give those up anytime soon.
In order to make sure I can fit those previously mentioned dining experiences into my budget, I avoid spending too much money on other boring meals. Take work lunches, for example. I couldn’t care less about what I eat for lunch because, to me, that food is just sustenance to get me through my shift. It is not a dining experience, and so why would I waste my money pretending like it is? This is exactly why I meal prep my work lunches every week. I usually spend $15 – $20 on five lunches a week, which leaves me with a whole lot of money to waste on ridiculously over-priced brunch experiences on the weekends.
If you want to save money, you should be meal-prepping too. It doesn’t have to be work lunches. You might want to meal prep five dinners a week, or most of your breakfasts. Whatever it is you want to meal prep, here are some sites that will inspire you to start.
Honestly, I could spend hours just browsing through the pages of Budget Bytes because there is an insane amount of drool-worthy recipes. It is my absolute favourite go-to recipe site for anything and everything, but especially for my lunch recipes. There is a whole section dedicated specifically to meal prep, and it includes recipes like this Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous and these Mediterranean Hummus Bowls. Want to know the best part though? Budget Bytes actually tells you the recipe cost AND the cost per individual serve. The website is packed to the brim with “delicious recipes designed for small budgets” and is seriously worth checking out. Like right now.
The Minimalist Baker is all about simple recipes that require a minimal number of ingredients (aka better for your wallet!!). I’ve been bookmarking recipes on this page left, right and centre recently, and I’m desperate to try these Tofu Spring Rolls and this Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl. I’d recommend if you’re looking for simple meal prep recipes that aren’t going to break the bank.
The Tasty Vegetarian IG page is amazing because you can literally see easy, delicious recipes being made right in front of your eyes. There are so many Tasty videos that have given me inspiration for cheap meal prep recipes (like this How To Eat Vegan on a Budget video), and there are even recipes for snack meal prep ideas like these Peanut Butter Granola Bars. You can follow these guys on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with their recipe ideas.
Now listen, I am NOT saying sign up for Hello Fresh. I’m just saying that you can always check out the recipes on their site for a lil bit of inspiration. Hello Fresh has a Recipes page which is an awesome way to get inspiration for new meals (uh hello, how good does this Falafel and Spiced Roast Veggie Cous Cous sound?!?). You can then adapt these recipes if you want to use cheaper ingredients, or if you want to use some ingredients that you already have in your fridge. For example, in that Falafel recipe I just mentioned, I would use vegetables that are probably already sitting at the bottom of my crisper in the fridge, buy whatever falafels are on sale at Woollies and ditch the flaked almonds to save some dollars.
I only just discovered this Youtube channel and goddamn I wish I had known about it earlier. There are so many amazing recipes on this channel, from this Meals in a Jar video to these Made-Ahead Bento Boxes. The videos are really easy to follow and the dishes look insanely delicious.
If you’re new to meal prepping, or just stuck in a rut with recipe ideas like I was, be sure to check these pages out. They will definitely help you save those dollars.
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