Frugal Tip

How to Meal Prep Snacks to Prevent Hangry Splurges

Getting hangry can be a budget killer. Once your stomach starts growling, it’s all too easy to throw logic and reason out the window in favor of the first sustenance you find. Depending on where you are when the hunger strikes, the food you choose out of desperation may be overpriced and unhealthy.

Many stores rely on this. That’s why you’ll so often see candy close to the checkout. They know if you see these tasty treats when you’re hungry, you’ll have to fight hard to resist the urge to buy them.

But convenience foods are rarely the best option for your budget or your nutrition. So what can you do? Preparing your own convenience food ahead of time can help you save money and eat better. Here are a few tips for preparing your own convenience foods.

Invest in Reusable Containers

Using disposable containers may seem convenient, but it isn’t good for the environment or your budget. Buying reusable containers can make it easy to store your convenient food options without producing unnecessary waste.

Prepare Snacks You Can Take on the Go

Running errands or travelling can make a quick stop at a restaurant seem so appealing. However, restaurant meals can eat up a lot of your food budget. Having prepared snacks with you whenever you run errands or travel can help you save money and stay satisfied.

Make Meals in Bulk and Freeze Individual Portions

When you’re making a meal, consider making more than you need to leave extra portions. Package these portions in reusable containers and tuck them away in your freezer. Sometime when you don’t feel like making a meal, you can use the meal you’ve already made rather than ordering delivery.

Use Foods That are Easy to Prepare

Making your own convenience foods doesn’t need to be a chore. You can rely on foods that are already convenient as they are or focus on simple dishes. Here are some good options to consider:

  • Whole fruits (bananas, apples, oranges, etc.)
  • Overnight oats
  • Instant Pot dishes
  • Simple pasta dishes
  • Easy casseroles

What are your favorite convenience foods to prepare for yourself?

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