Washington, DC might be one of the most expensive cities to live in, but that does not mean dinner should cost you an arm and a leg! There are many ways to make sure you are not over spending on food as an intern in the nation’s capital. Check out some budget saving tips and recipe ideas below.
Eating on a Budget:
- Skip the drinks. Soft drinks, beer and wine can range from $3-10. Stick with water and save a few bucks!
- Order and appetizer as an entrée. Appetizers are typically less expensive than entrees but are still portioned large enough to act as a full meal.
- Split meals. Going out with a group to a more expensive restaurant? Split your meal with a friend!
- Make a budget and stick to it! Set a limit on the number of meals you eat out a week, as well as how much you will spend a week the grocery store.
- Make multiple meals over the weekend. By making large meals over the weekend you will have a variety of leftover options to take in to work or heat up after a late night in the office.
One Dish Meals under $3.00:
If you find yourself turning to take-out or frozen foods in response to the slow economy or because you’re pressed for time, then let some of these dish ideas break your habits! For just under $3.00 a serving you will have great tasting food.
- Chicken with Honey-Orange Sauce: Combine raisins, cinnamon, honey and almonds with orange juice, zest, wine and broth to make a rich, savory pan sauce for chicken.
- Pork Chops with Mushroom Bread Pudding: Juices from the browned pork chops seep into this delicious bread pudding, flavoring it as it bakes.
- Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas: This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of pulled pork; a touch of chipotle chili pepper adds extra heat.
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