Sharing meals with others can be a great way to reduce the amount of money you spend on food, as well as providing inexpensive entertainment.
There are several ways you can go about food sharing to save money in your home. If you have roommates, instead of everyone buying their own food and making their own meals, try getting everyone to pitch in on food so you can cook larger meals together. This way each person only pays a portion of the cost, but everyone can eat together. Depending on how much food is made, you can also save leftovers in the fridge or freezer as single meals for later.
If you have a single-family home, you can have pot-luck dinners or cooking parties. Pot-luck is something most people are familiar with. Everyone brings a dish or two, and the group has a meal together. You can do this for holidays, summer cook-outs, or any day.
Cooking parties are a bit different. For a cooking party, you get together with friends and decide on a menu. Everyone brings recipes, and a portion of the ingredients. After everything has been gathered, everyone pitches in on making the meal. Cooking parties are great because not only do they divvy up the cost of the meal, it’s also a great way to learn new recipes and pick up tips and tricks for cooking. It can also be great for families with children, since it’s a great time to teach kids about food and cooking. You can even have kid-friendly cooking parties where there are lots of foods simple enough for the little ones to learn to prepare.
For people on a tight budget, sharing meals is a fantastic way to save some money. Some people fear that they can’t afford to entertain guests, but it’s not rude at all to ask guests to bring ingredients for a meal and you’ll do the cooking. Usually, asking for money to offset the cost of a group meal is more socially awkward than simply asking guests to bring some ingredients. Most people will have no problem pitching in this way.
You’ve probably never thought about it, but cookouts and pot-luck have always been a way to get people together without any one person or family needing to spend a lot of money. And depending on your friends, cooking parties can become a regular event, and a lot of fun. You can even get together and share budget recipes. Most families have at least a dish or two they know how to make that can feed the whole family at a low cost. Gather with friends and family to share these recipes and learn cooking tips from one another.