Every Monday in 2015, I’ll be sharing a different idea to help you save money! Add all of these tips to your frugal repertoire and you’ll be able to save a lot of money this year! I hope you’ll gather a few new ideas or at least some inspiration from this series. 

Eat Less Meat to Save

My sincere apologies for not having last week’s 52 Ways to Save post up!  You’ll see my excuse in this post. I’ll be sure to have 2 in one week to get caught up 😉

One great way to save money on your grocery bill is to eat less meat.  I’m not saying to get rid of it completely if you don’t want to, but by simply putting less on your plate, you will be saving a lot in the long run.  Here are some ideas to help you get started eating less meat:

Don’t make it the focal point

Limit making meat the focal point of your meal. Instead, use it as a topping for pizza or salads, or put some into stir fries or soups.  You’ll be amazed at how far meat will stretch when it’s added to something!

Have a meatless night 

I’m sure you’ve heard of Meatless Monday, one day a week that many people have decided to eat a meatless meal. It’s actually a whole global movement that you can read all about here.  The website also features a ton of great recipes that may interest you! While Meatless Monday is a “thing” you can do your meatless night on any night of the week 😉

If you family is having a hard time with the idea of having meatless meals, why not make it enticing by setting some fun goals?  For example, you could put the money you’re saving by not buying meat for that meal into a vacation fund or even the local fair fund. Or perhaps you could use that money to go out for ice cream!  Talk it over with everyone so you can come up with an exciting way to use your savings.

Stretch it with beans and lentils

If your family is really opposed to going meatless, it’s always possible to make meat stretch by adding beans or lentils. Mexican dishes, chili, and soups are meals that you can easily add in extra beans to replace some of the meat.

Lentils hide especially well in taco meat. Just add in cooked lentils to your ground beef along with your usual seasonings and there’s a good chance your family won’t even notice!

How do you save money on meat? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!