As a native Houstonian, being a foodie comes naturally. I didn't have much of choice, because it is literally a Chinese restaurant and Mexican food truck on every corner. As a self proclaimed foodie, I often look for ways to try new flavors and foods that represents different cultures. My current obsession is Thai food; the spices are amazing! Being able to try these new things on a daily is great, however it can be a very expensive hobby to have. So throughout my foodie journey, I've found a few ways to cut corners and save money. I highly recommended these different tips for any foodie on a budget.
1. Make a list of Happy Hours and lunch specials
This is a great option if you're constantly on the go and do not have time to search for any good deals. Start by simply writing down, in your phone, whatever great deals that you see. There are plenty of ways to start your list. The first one is easy, just pick a new restaurant, and write down lunch hours and happy hour specials. Another way is to write specials down as you go. Whether you see a commercial with good deals, pass by a promotional sign or hear something on the radio continue to write it all down and you'll have a full list in no time. This will also help with picking a place to eat if you’re with a group of friends or going out on a date.
2. Save $ for Food Festivals and State Fairs
Most likely, a foodie lover’s paradise is a carnival, state fair or rodeo. You can literally get any type of food on a stick, how can it not be?! These places are the perfect times for a foodie to indulge in any and every type of food there is all in one place. Here in Texas you can get everything fried from ice cream to anything wrapped in bacon! However, as awesome and delicious as this sounds, these things can get a bit pricey. There are a few different things that can help cut cost. Knowing the dates ahead of time, will give you time to save and budget your money correctly. Also, look ahead online for the different vendors that will be at the location, this way you can price their menu.
3. Cook New Recipes
The best way to save money is by doing things yourself. Going to get your own groceries and cooking up great new recipes at home will add fun to something that is often seen as a chore. Search for recipes that you've never tried or cooked without going over budget. There are plenty of websites to find good food recipes and reviews about them on. If you're on a budget, wanting to test out a new flavor, or hoping to spice things up in the kitchen the perfect recipe is out there. A favorite of mine for finding new food is Pinterest, because of all the delicious pictures! Remember, planning your grocery budget and list before shopping will come in handy at the grocery store by helping you stay on budget.
Anyone can be a foodie no matter the budget. The only requirement is that you have a passion for food and love to try new things.
Author: Zenoria Abdalla