August’s Reddit challenge is to cook more often! Except for the few home-chefs out there who already do this, all of us could benefit from cooking a few more meals at home. Eating out can cost a fortune, and isn’t very healthy.

So, let’s dive in with the criteria of the challenge:

Challenge success criteria

You’ve successfully completed this challenge once you’ve done one or more of the following things:

  • Gone out to eat or ordered takeout zero times for an entire week.
  • Learned to cook (or tried to cook) at least three new recipes.
  • Shared one of your favorite meal recipes in this thread.

Tips for cooking at home

For those who don’t cook at home regularly, starting small is a good idea. You don’t have to change everything about your eating habits all at once. Here are a few of our tips to help you start cooking more at home:

Plan your meals

As Reddit points out: Planning is half the battle.

You’ll be amazed when you realize that a little meal prep once a week can save you a ton of time on the weekdays when you want to come home from work and relax.

If you’re looking for some recipe tips, here are a couple cost effective meals that involve a little meal planning, but feel like a real chef made them.

Get a credit card that gives you cash back for groceries

If you if have good credit and want extra incentive to go grocery shopping and cook at home, apply for a credit card that offers rewards for grocery shopping.

That way, you’re earning money on items you were going to buy anyway. Here’s just a couple of our favorites: