Although a low carb dinner may look different for everyone, it typically involves restricting the amount of carbs we include in a meal. At the same time, budgeting can look different for everyone. Generally, budgeting involves restricting your spending habits as a consumer. Some people think that enjoying a low carb dinner at a low cost is impossible. However, this cannot be farther from the truth! It is entirely possible to enjoy a tasty low carb dinner without emptying your pockets. It is my goal to show you how I do this everyday of the week.
If cutting expenses is just as important to you as cutting calories, then you are in for a real treat (no pun intended). I will fill you in on some of the best ways to enjoy a low cost and low carb dinner. When planning your low carb dinner, there are a number of foods that are more costly than others, like meat and fish. These foods should be avoided in the off-season, if at all possible. But, this one technique is not the only thing to consider if you want to put together a delicious low carb dinner masterpiece for you and your family. So I encourage you to read on to learn more about how to make a low carb budget dinner a fun and adventurous reality in your own home today.
Making Frugal Purchasing Decisions
Frugal purchasing decisions are key to being able to plan a low carb budget dinner for you and a loved one or family. It is important to buy specific foods, like fresh vegetables, when they are in-season to avoid paying extra money. If you would really like to have a certain vegetable included in your low carb dinner when it is the off-season, then be sure to buy it already frozen. And, if you want to go a step further, with a little bit of elbow grease, you could use home grown vegetables for your low carb dinners. Herbs and zucchini are easy to grow and actually require minimal maintenance. This may sound intimidating but you may like it so much that it becomes a new hobby for you!
Another important tip is to not spend money on food items that are convenient, like prepared salad mixes. In other words, the more work you do at home, the more you save in the end with your low carb dinner. This doesn’t apply only to salads, but also foods like shredded cheese. Simply buy a block of cheese and take a couple minutes to shred the cheese yourself at home to save money. Then sprinkle a little bit on your dinner to give it a bit of extra flavour. As a general rule of thumb, the more prep work you have to do for your low carb dinner, the more you are saving. So, yes, I am sorry to say that eating a low carb dinner at restaurant is costing you a lot more than if you were to enjoy your low carb dinner at home. Try to turn the prep work for your low carb dinner into a fun group activity for the entire family!
Making Bulk Purchase
Purchasing in bulk is another great way to save money when planning your low carb budget dinner. This is something that can work for all food items, but works best with foods, like hamburger, chicken, and other proteins, that can be frozen for extended periods. Be sure to stock up when these foods are on sale and freeze them to save for a later time when it is no longer being offered at a low price. You’d be surprised how much this can save you over a year.
This approach may not work as well for foods like veggies that tend to go bad sooner. Instead, be sure to purchase the right amount of veggies for your low carb meals for the week. This requires you to plan your meals in advance. Remember that anything that is thrown in the garbage at the end of the week is money wasted. If you find this is what is happening in your home, then another option to consider is to purchase frozen veggies and fruits, like berries and cauliflower. That way, you can use the exact amount needed for each low carb dinner.
Protin-Foods For Low Carb Dinners
Protein-foods are not essential for low carb dinners, but are enjoyed by many food connoisseurs. As mentioned above, protein-foods, like hamburger and chicken can be purchased in bulk and frozen to eat at a later date. However, another option is to consider other cheaper alternatives of proteins as well. Foods like eggs, milk, and tofu are high in protein and will make for a great low carb dinner. It is a good idea to determine how much protein you need in grams for your low carb dinner. This is also known as portion control. Getting the right amount is essential to keep the budget low. Although nuts, like almonds, can be high in protein, they can also be expensive. I limit my intake of nuts and only purchase them when on sale. If you are not a bodybuilder looking to build muscle for your next competition, then this could be an easy way to have a tasty low carb dinner on a budget.
Buy Local Low Carb Foods
Buying local low carb foods not only supports the businesses around you, but also helps you save money on great items for low carb dinners. Local farmers markets often have low priced veggies that often beat the prices of the larger food chains that tend to mark up their prices. Stop paying for the brand name and start paying for the quality of the food. Buying local is a win-win for all involved, including you and your community.
Plan Your Meal Around Weekly Sales
When grocery shopping for a low carb budget dinner, be sure to plan your meal around sales for that week. A great way to do this is by reviewing your local flyers or, if you are tech savvy, use apps like Flipp that do all the work for you with a simple search of a food item, like Cauliflower. Always get your beverages when on sale. But remember there is one beverage with the no calories and no impact on your bank account. You guessed it! Water!
The Low Carb Budget Dinner In a Nutshell
I have shared with you several of my tips and tricks to getting the most out of a low carb dinner for you and your family. Although it is not rocket science, it can be challenging to do but by reviewing this post you are off to a better start than most people. You are now equipped with the knowledge to save a lot of money on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Remember to make frugal purchasing decisions, buy in bulk and from local markets, plan ahead, and capitalize on weekly sales.
This post skims the surface of how to enjoy a low carb budget dinner for you and your family. Stay tuned for part two where I will go into additional techniques to save money while leading a healthy lifestyle with low carb diets.
Now that I have shared some of my tips and tricks when it comes to having a low carb budget dinner, I would like to hear some of your tips and tricks. Please let us know in the comments section below.