Family meals are a tradition that is very important to me. I feel it is a great benefit for my family to take time out of our day and just bond with one another, without distractions. We try to sit down to a family meal at home almost every night.
Not only are family meals at home important to us so we can connect without distractions, it’s important because it saves us money. I’m a frugal mom and it’s important for us to spend frugally when it comes to enjoying a family meal. When comparing the cost of a meal at a restaurant vs. at home, the difference is significant! Even when we eat out with a coupon, it is still pretty pricey. If we ate out every night, the total would probably be around $175-$200. If I were to make dinner at home and focused on making the entire meal for around $5, that is over an 80% savings!
For family dinners I like to cook but I also like to have frozen meals on hand when I am short on time. I was recently asked to try the Marie Calendars Bakes meal for one of our family dinners. There are many flavors to choose from:
We enjoyed the Creamy Chicken Alfredo this evening. We really liked the taste, in fact my kids even ate all the veggies that were included! I served this meal with a side of garlic toast bread which seemed to accompany it very well.
At my Walmart these were only $4.64 per package. There is currently a coupon for $1.50/1 available to print at MarieCalendars.com. This makes it only $3.48 which for a family of 4 is only $.79 a person! What a great deal!
Another benefit that I really liked is the option to either bake in an oven or in the microwave. This means if I am in a hurry and I need to make dinner fast, I can have this out in around 10 minutes!
See my shopping trip at Walmart for the Marie Calendars Bakes:
*I was compensated by Collective Bias for my time. All opinions are my own.
Do you enjoy Family Meals? What do you like to enjoy? What is important to you when doing a Family Meal?