5 Ways to Save Time and Money in the Kitchen

Budget Friendly Time Saving Kitchen TipsBudget Friendly Time Saving Kitchen TipsLet's face it - the price of being a true foodie and entertaining at home can start to add up. Between gourmet ingredients, upgraded décor (no one thinks those paper plates are classy), and booze, a dinner party or get-together can be pricey.

More than that, entertaining and feeding a crowd takes up valuable time that you don't have. How often have you started to cook (what you thought would be) an easy menu that turned into a full-blown, hours-long event? While cooking can be a relaxing task, it's more time-consuming than you think.

Don't fret - there is a way to cook and entertain while pinching pennies, without looking cheap. True foodies know how to make the most of the food they buy, whether by freezing, buying in bulk, or simply preventing food from spoiling before use. Before you know it, your food costs will whittle down - leaving lots leftover for entertaining.

These days, budget-friendly parties aren't so hard to achieve. After all, who doesn't love a potluck or BYOB gathering? Décor doesn't have to be extravagant, only classic; and menus don't have to be elaborate - simple is in. Stick to a few items per menu rather than lots of food prepared hastily; it will impress your guests.

Most importantly, time is money, and there are lots of ways to save your time, too. Thirty-minute dinners are quick and easy, even after a late night at the office. Plus, you can cut down on your time cooking with easy solutions, like preparing ingredients beforehand or buying "convenience" foods.

Freeze Your Food


A simple way to cut down on food costs? Buy in bulk, and freeze the rest. But it's not just frozen veggies that will keep money in your pocket. Fill up your freezer with surprising finds - butter, nuts, block cheese, even milk - that will keep your pantry stocked for months.

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Cook Faster At Home

An efficient chef is a money-saving chef; the best way to cook faster at home? Think like a restaurant chef. Plan out the menu before hitting the store for the week, prepare ingredients before cooking, and invest in tools to help cut back on time. Items like foil and a Microplane zester can keep your time - and budget - on track.

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Make Your Breakfast in Advance

It only makes sense to plan ahead and cook up some early-morning breakfasts, but the best part - careful planning can help you save you money at the grocery store, and time when getting ready. And who doesn't love waking up to a Strawberry Morning muffin or Cheddar and ham scone?

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Make a Healthy Dinner in Less Than 30 Minutes

It only makes sense to plan ahead and cook up some early-morning breakfasts, but the best part - careful planning can help you save you money at the grocery store, and time when getting ready. And who doesn't love waking up to a Strawberry Morning muffin or Cheddar and ham scone?

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Make Quick and Easy Meals

More inspiration for time-saving recipes that won't break the bank: butter lettuce with basil-lemon dressing, lemon-mint hummus, and fresh guacamole. It'll be easy - and cheap - to start summer entertaining.

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-Marcy Franklin, The Daily Meal

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