2. Meal Planning and Cooking at Home


Eating in restaurants, even the low-budget ones will cost you more than preparing a meal. If you do this every day, there’s a big possibility that your budget will be gone in the middle of the month, if not even earlier. 


Because eating out can quickly add up, while home-cooked meals can be nutritious and much more cost-effective. Buying groceries for the same amount of money that you would pay in the restaurant, can provide you a meal for a couple of days. 


Plan your meals a week in advance. Make a grocery list based on this plan and stick to it. Cook in batches and freeze portions for future use. This not only saves money but also reduces the daily stress of figuring out what to cook.


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