Eat Less Meat
Not only can eating less meat save you money in the checkout lane, it can help reduce your healthcare costs as well by lessening the chance of health concerns associated with a meat-based diet such as heart disease [source: McCredie].
Going vegetarian or vegan isn't for everyone, but adding even a few meatless meals a week can help you save money. No matter what your feelings are about animal rights, there's no question that meat can be a very expensive ingredient. While meat starts at around $2 to $3 per pound, plant proteins like beans weigh in at less than $1 a pound [source: McCredie]. What can get pricey when it comes to a vegetarian or vegan diet are things like meat and cheese substitutes. If you're trying to be budget-minded, sticking to whole foods like beans, fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts is best.
Making meatless meals is easier than you might think! Sure, a dinner salad is nice from time to time, but you can cook up much heartier plant-based meals on a budget. Try making a veggie chili that's packed with beans, grilling up portobello mushrooms alongside vegetable skewers with a side of mashed potatoes, or a hearty spinach lasagna.
Our next tip is for baby. When there's a newborn in the house, sometimes it feels like budgeting is impossible. We'll look at how cloth diapers can help parents save money.