And of course they are both super expensive! How do I go around this? I cut back a little.
If a recipe calls for 2 cups of cheese, I only put in 1/2-1 cup. No it doesn’t turn out as cheesy, ooey, gooey like the recipe picture but, in my husband’s opinion, it turns out way better. Plus your waistline will thank you! 😉 If cheese isn’t on sale, it goes for about $2.75 for 8 ounces. If you cut the amount of cheese in half, you just saved yourself $1.38. If you did that for 10 meals a month, you end up saving almost $14! That makes a big difference when you have a small food budget like we do. (Side note: don’t buy cheese at these prices! Wait for a sale or buy it in bulk — more on that later.)
The same goes for meat. If a recipe calls for 3-4 chicken breasts, I put in 3. If it calls for 1 1/2 cups of shredded chicken, I might only put in 1 cup and try adding more of a less expensive ingredient like vegetables or beans. That alone can save you $1 a meal. Do that for 10 meals, you’ve just saved yourself another $10.
Cutting back a little here and there can really add up!