"When I make homemade pizza, I buy my toppings from the salad bar. This saves money and cuts down on prep time."
Check out some of the best (AKA cheapest) things to buy at the salad bar here.
11. Transform a rotisserie chicken into a week's worth of meals.
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"Grocery store rotisserie chicken is around five bucks for a delicious, already cooked bird — and grabbing one on my way home is cheaper than buying take-out when I'm too tired to cook. I eat a few pieces and turn the rest into other meals. As a single person, I can stretch that five dollars into at least four meals."
Get the recipe for this rotisserie chicken chili here and check out 24 other ideas for transforming rotisserie chickens here.
12. Embrace meal planning — but don't feel like you have to go all out.
13. Stock your freezer with DIY frozen dinners for those nights when you just don't want to cook...
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"Make your own TV dinner/frozen meals. I try to always keep a few frozen dinners/breakfasts in my freezer — lasagna rolls, breakfast sandwiches, and soups can all be made with fresh and healthy ingredients and freeze really well."
Check out 21 freezer-friendly recipes here.
14. As well as items you buy in bulk that you just can't eat fast enough.
15. Hit up the farmers market right before it closes to score some deals.
16. Invest in a FoodSaver to prevent freezer burn and make your food last longer.
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