Cutting Meat Boosts Cash!

August 24th, 2009

healthier and wealtherTough times call for bold measures. Sometimes, though, the most innovative solutions are the easiest ones to implement. People looking to save money during this recessionary period need look no further than what they place on their plate. By cutting meat just one day a week, we can put more green in our pockets!

Here at the Meatless Monday office we did an informal survey of how much our families save a month by going meatless on Monday. By substituting beans, legumes, eggs, nuts and seeds for meat, the numbers add up. $80-100 a month, according to our little survey.

Medical nutritionist Lory Hayon of The Fertility Center of Las Vegas completed a cost analysis of a steak dinner for four versus vegetarian chili stuffed potatoes, which ran only $6.29. He concluded “‘if the average family of four spent $20 per meat-containing meal, seven days per week, they could reduce their grocery bill on average by $30 per week, or $1500 per year, by making three meals per week meatless.’

These numbers speak for themselves.

Meatless Monday isn’t simply an idea, though, or even a bit of advice, it’s a full-blown movement. It’s about everyone working together to improve personal health and the health of the planet – saving money along the way. That’s why we’re committed to supporting other organizations and websites that consistently go meatless.

One such site is Budget Confessions. There you’ll find a Frugal Meatless Meals section where you can discover bargain meat-free recipes that are as easy to make as they are delicious. And they’re cheap – which is key for its founder Cate, who describes herself as "’trying to balance marriage, motherhood, homemaking and debt repayment, all on a budget.’ Sound familiar, anyone?

Cheapskate Mom cooks and spotlights a meatless meal every Monday, but she also gives you a valuable Cheapskate Tip. If you like to cook and share recipes and you want to tell the world about your creations (like our very own Kinzie), then she gives you excellent tips on how to start your own food blog on the cheap!

Let’s not forget the men now. Frugal Dad brings up a very important point on his blog. The danger in eating cheaply is in too frequently reaching for a bag of potato chips or a $1 pack of ramen noodles, both with no real nutritional value. He gives you specific advice on how to save money while still eating healthfully.

So this Monday, why not visit one of these sites, or explore our "rich’ recipe archive, and make a delicious meatless on the cheap!