One of the biggest reasons people eat out is for convenience. But that convenience comes at a hefty price: According to data from the USDA, Americans spend almost $3,000 a year eating out.
We get it: It’s easier to just pick something from a menu versus shopping, preparing, cooking, and cleaning, especially if you’re crazy busy. But if you arm yourself with some smart shopping tips and time-saving meal plans, you can lose pounds and gain some cold, hard cash.
“I’m a huge believer in batch cooking, or preparing multiple servings of a meal all at once. The best part is that I only have to cook a few times a week and I get to eat my own homemade meals all week!”
Sounds easy, but the reality of it can be overwhelming. Start slow, like cooking three dinners at home one week. Then, the following week, add two home-cooked breakfasts.
Keep building on each subsequent week until it becomes a habit to cook at home, instead of eating out.
– by Meagan Morris
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