• Cook once, eat all week. Prepare a large batch of your favorite recipes on your day off (double or triple the recipe). Freeze in individual containers. Use them throughout the week and you won’t have to spend money on take-out meals.
• Be creative. Spice up your leftovers or use them different ways. For example leftover chicken can be made into a stir fry, soup or salad. Remember throwing away food is throwing away your money.
• Eating out. Save money by getting the early bird special, going out for lunch instead of dinner or looking for buy one, get one free or half-price deals. Stick to water instead of ordering a beverage.
Kathy Smith is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Parker County. Contact her at (817) 598-6168 or email@example.com.